Tips Films P. Ltd. and Allu Arvind's KYA YEHI PYAAR HAI, directed by K. Murli Mohan Rao, is a love story.
Bus number 16 is very important for Rahul (Aftab Shivdasani) and his gang of friends. Everyday, they make sure that they board the bus. The reason: Sandhya (Amisha Patel) always travels by this bus and Rahul is madly in love with her. In fact, he has been in love with her for the last four years, while she is not even aware of his existence.
Sandhya is the only child of Rachna (Neena Kulkarni) and a manic and alcoholic police inspector Raj Patil (Ashish Vidyarthi). Thoroughly fed up of Patil's brutal ways, the mother has always encouraged Sandhya to be a good student.
Sandhya's heart and mind are totally obsessed with studies, studies and more studies, while Rahul is obsessed with Sandhya. Rahul's indulgent elder brother, Dr. Tiwari (Jackie Shroff), tries hard to convince him that love can only be a part of your life, but Rahul refuses to listen.
Suddenly, there comes a moment of reckoning for the love-struck, carefree young boy. He finally realises that what his brother had told him is true. That love can only be a part of your life, not your entire life. But it's too late by then!
What could've been an engaging film turns out to be an absolute hotchpotch thanks to K. Murli Mohan Rao's unimaginative direction and Javed Siddique's jaded screenplay. The film, a love story, relies too heavily on the tried-and-tested stuff and in the bargain, comes across as a project that had potential, but got ruined in the process.
Actually, nothing concrete happens in the first half of this enterprise. The mandatory romantic songs ï¿½ surprisingly, all dream sequences ï¿½ follow one after the other, coupled with a few light sequences. The film gains momentum minutes before the interval, when Ashish Vidyarthi confronts Aftab.
Expectations soar and one looks forward to a riveting second half, but all hopes turn sour in view of the fact that the drama falls flat in the post-interval portions. The sequences in this half are, at times, amateurish and at some places, far-fetched (pasting posters on buses to attract Aftab's attention in Hyderabad). What adds to the sorrows is the sermonising in the second half, which gets on your nerves.
Unfortunately, the finale ï¿½ the climax ï¿½ is the saddest part of the enterprise. There is no culmination to a love story and the end shocks the viewer completely. In fact, whatever little the narrative may have impressed in the second half gets lost due to the weird climax.
K. Murli Mohan Rao's direction is old-fashioned. In an era of stylish films that also have substance to talk of, this love story takes you back to the 1980s. His shot execution is anything but trendy. Javed Siddique's script leaves a lot to be desired, for he has rehashed the same old formula and presented it in a new avtaar.
Sajid-Wajid's music is the sole saving grace. 'Meri Tarah Tum Bhi Kabhi', 'Dil Pe Chhane Laga Hai', 'Pehli Pehli Baar Hai' and 'Deewana Mujhe Kehta Hai' are musical gems and the lyrics (Jalees-Rashid and Ajay Jhingran) are noteworthy. The picturisation of all the songs is commendable as well.
Cinematography is just about okay. Dialogues tend to get crude at times, mainly those delivered by Ashish Vidyarthi. In fact, Ashish's constant ridiculing of his wife and daughter would not gel well with the ladies audience.
Aftab Shivdasani doesn't exude the charm he normally does, this time. He impresses in a few sequences, but at most places, he goes over the top. Amisha Patel needs to grow as an actress. She is not convincing at all. Jackie Shroff leaves a mark in a small but significant role. Ashish Vidyarthi tends to get loud. Anupama Verma does well despite a half-baked characterisation. Vrajesh Hirjee entertains.
On the whole, KYA YEHI PYAAR HAI is a weak film in all respects and despite the excellent promotion by its producers, the film will not find many takers. Below average.