Television producer. Music composer. Singer. And now actor. Oh yes, Himesh Reshammiya wears many caps. Literally! Everyone's curious to know how HR is as an actor? Is he a fine actor? Or has he strolled into the wrong alley?
Don't expect miracles. HR is no Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, SRK or Aamir Khan when it comes to histrionics. He's not the best looker in town either, not anywhere close to Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan or Akshay Kumar.
But you've to hand it over to HR for being the most courageous and confident person around. Can you ever imagine actors like Amitabh Bachchan or SRK turning music composers overnight? It's difficult to take risks, especially when you're under a scanner constantly. Like the famous lines go, every step you take, every move you make, the world'll be watching you...
Let's get one more thing straight. AAP KAA SURROOR is no amar prem kahani. The love story is the type we've watched a zillion times on the screen before. But what saves the ship from sinking is the fact that the turn of events unfold at a feverish pace and before you realize you've been there, seen that, you're already watching the next link to this story.
So what's the verdict on AAP KAA SURROOR? It's crystal clear. The curiosity to watch HR 'act' will ensure his fans and foes making a beeline for movieplexes at least once. HR is sure to have his share of bouquets and brickbats. Bouquets, because the musical score of AAP KAA SURROOR is tremendous. Besides, he has handled a few emotional moments without trying to ape any actor. He's natural. Brickbats, because the film rests on a thin plot. Plus, the writing gets so filmy that you know exactly what the film is all about, at the start itself.
All said, watch it for Himesh Reshammiya take a giant leap. At least he has the guts to chase his dreams!
AAP KAA SURROOR begins with a dead body of a TV journo, Nadia Merchant, being found in a remote area, somewhere in Germany. Soon after, HR is arrested after a concert for murdering the television journalist. HR is put behind bars and the incidents begin to unravel as the movie goes into a flashback.
While on a concert in Germany, HR meets the event organizer [Darshan Jariwala] and his partner [Mallika Sherawat]. He also meets the event planner [Hansika Motwani] and its love at first sight. Love blossoms. After initial reservations, Hansika's father [Sachin Khedekar] approves of the match.
Things take a turn when HR is arrested. He asks Mallika, also a lawyer, to bail him out. But hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Mallika is in love with HR, but the rockstar loves Hansika. He escapes from his prison cell after taking the murdered TV journalist's father [Raj Babbar] as captive. He has to find the actual murderer in one single day, or else his sweetheart will be married off to someone else.
AAP KAA SURROOR starts off as a love story, but gets into the thriller drive subsequently. A key factor that goes in its favor is that the events unfold at a feverish pace, giving no time to the viewer to think or break into a yawn. Besides, the film bears a stylish and glossy look and the viewer is enamored by the stunning locales of Germany as also the melodious musical score that has been filmed on some striking locations. This one's an eye candy!
But what acts as an eyesore is the screenplay; the way the writers have penned a script of convenience. Take for instance the climax. The villain's confession is telecast 'Live' after a deadly chase, so much so that even the dulhan [Hansika] and her father call off the saat pheras after watching the television that's placed next to the mandap. Even the auto-rickshaw sequence looks so weird. Besides, the writers should've kept the identity of the killer concealed right till the end, like it happens in Abbas-Mustan's movies. That's the hallmark of a thriller!
Prashant Chadha knows the technicalities right. The film bears a stylish look all through, but Prashant should've been a bit more real and believable as far as the scripting is concerned. Latching on to the tried and tested stuff doesn't do justice to the tagline of the film -- 'The Real Luv Story'. HR is in form as a composer and every song is a musical gem. However, 'Mehbooba' deserved a better placement. Cinematography [Manoj Soni] is superb. Dialogues are alright.
As mentioned earlier, HR looks confident all through, although he depicts emotions like anger, anguish and sadness far more effectively towards the post-interval portions. Of course, there's room for improvement, but for someone who's playing a 'hero' for the first time, it's a fine attempt.
Hansika is a powerhouse of talent. Although she's no stranger to movies [having done a few films as a child artiste], she makes her big screen debut with supreme confidence. She's extremely photogenic too. Mallika Sherawat is interesting, although her switchover [from negative to positive] looks abrupt and artificial.
Shravan [introduced in KUCH MEETHA HO JAYE], as HR's friend, excels. Bani is fair. Sachin Khedekar does well. Darshan Jariwala goes over the top at times.
On the whole, AAP KAA SURROOR has tremendous curiosity-value attached to it. And that, in turn, will ensure a fantastic opening for the film. The superb promotion [quality and quantity] has created tremendous excitement for the film, which will result in the box-office singing a glorious tune in the final tally. For its distributors, the fabulous opening will have them singing and laughing all the way to the bank. Critics be damned, this one's for the masses!