Venus Records & Tapes Ltd.'s TUM SE ACHCHA KAUN HAI, edited-directed by Deepak Anand, is a love triangle.
Arjun (Nakul Kapur) lives in Jaisalmer with his brother and sister-in-law and dreams of becoming a singing star some day. His talents are acknowledged by Naina (Aarti Chhabria), who comes to Jaisalmer as a tourist. She coerces him to try his luck in Mumbai.
Arjun arrives in Mumbai and starts making the rounds of music rooms. He struggles for that one opportunity that would make him a singing sensation. Naina and her family (mother Rati Agnihotri and sisters) support him completely.
Life takes a turn for the better when Bobby (Kim Sharma) hears him sing and decides to promote him. Daughter of a tycoon (Dalip Tahil), Bobby's efforts transform Arjun into a singing star. In the process, Bobby falls in love with Arjun and dreams of marrying him.
But Arjun is in love with Nainaï¿½
In an era of big-budget, multi-crore extravaganzas, the expectations from TUM SE ACHCHA KAUN HAI are zilch. But that's where the film scores, for you enter the auditorium with no expectations and come out feeling pleasantly surprised with a fare that makes more sense than a couple of recently-released biggies.
The film has a story that's as old as the hills. As viewers, since time immemorial, we have witnessed fares where two girls flip for a guy. But in this case, director Deepak Anand's treatment of an age-old plot makes all the difference. The film is absorbing towards the second half.
The first few reels of the enterprise have the mandatory song and light sequences, which are just about okay. Even the interval point is predictable, but one looks forward to the twist in the story with the introduction of Kim Sharma at this juncture.
Post-interval, the narrative gets interesting as the simpleton from Jaisalmer becomes a sensation and the two girls fall in love with him. The goings-on are watchable mainly because of Kim's obsessive nature.
The pre-climax, when Kim confronts Nakul, deviates from the mundane love stories and the finale, though it reminds you of PYAAR TUNE KYA KIYA, is heart rending. Nakul's speech, as Kim watches him on the television set, was the right culmination to Kim's characterisation.
Directorially, Deepak Anand scores in two departments ï¿½ storytelling and drawing wonderful performances from the principal cast. His shot execution is simple, but the way he has handled the screenplay is creditable.
But an innovative story was the need of the hour definitely. Also, the film tends to get lengthy at places and how one wishes Anand would've used the scissors more effectively.
Nadeem-Shravan's music amalgamates beautifully with the narrative, although one does feel that too many songs dominate the second half. The film has a rich musical score and N-S belt out a couple of hummable numbers that strike a chord. 'Door Vaadiyon Se Aa Rahi Hain', 'Chand Taare Phool Shabnam', 'Dil Gaya Dil Gaya Mera Dil Gaya' and 'Aankh Hain Bhari Bhari' are melodious, besides being popular with the cinegoers.
Nirmal Jain captures the sand dunes with as much flourish as the skyline of Mumbai. Dialogues are well-worded. The background music (Surendra Sodhi) elevates the narrative considerably.
Nakul Kapur makes a confident debut, performing his role with utmost ease. The film seems like a showreel to showcase his talent and the youngster comes out a winner. He is photogenic, has screen presence, dances gracefully, excels in stunts and handles the emotional sequences with maturity. Only, he needs to take care of his dialogue delivery (at some places) and outfits. Yet, he gives an excellent account of himself towards the end, in one of the most complex scenes.
Aarti Chhabria looks good and acts ably. Though the role doesn't demand histrionics, she makes a sincere attempt to look natural. Kim Sharma is a surprise packet, handling her complex role with maturity. She plays the high society girl with conviction and leaves a strong impact towards the finale.
Rati Agnihotri is just about okay. Navnee Parihar is effective. Dalip Tahil, Raghuveer yadav and Girija Shanker lend adequate support. Anant Mahadevan, Ali Asgar, Viju Khote, Adi Irani and Neeraj Vora fill the bill.
On the whole, TUM SE ACHCHA KAUN HAI is not one that would set the box-office ablaze, yet it's better than most mundane, run-of-the-mill types released of late. Has the potential to pick up with word of mouth publicity. The strategy of releasing the film in limited, small and select theatres should also help to an extent.