Saturday, March 06, 2004

pyaar tune kya kiya: all about varma's influence

Given the recent burgeoning of RGV into a syndicate with The Factory, going back and watching this addition to the genre defined by Play Misty for Me (and unfortunately epitomized by a much louder 80s-slick Fatal Attraction) was a nice treat. Like watching a prequel. Most interesting is the presence of a restrained Ravi Baswani. Suresh Oberoi plays the unaware father (perhaps marking a spot in the camp that would later be taken up by his son Vivek). Varma camp regulars (and some soon-to-be-more-than-one-film-ke-saathii) abound. Most notably Rajpal Yadav, putting in a wonderful turn as Rampal (Rampal Yadav, as the end credits tell us). There are a few odes to Satya: most notably when Yadav calls Baswani pretending to be chhoTaa shakiil's brother chhoTaa vakiil. Music director Chowta uses this sequence and others revisiting the idea and quotes his cue the mood of satya. Chowta's "credited" inspirations on three songs are now common knowledge (for kambaKt ishq, pyaar tuune kyaa kiyaa and rau.nde hai). The songs are another interesting aspect, flitting from the conventional on-screen FF-friendly to the background, underscoring the events on screen. Urmila relishes her role, and Fardeen flounders about in innocent abandon. Sonali Kulkarni has precious little to do, and the dialogue and screenplay department definitely needed another cycle of QA. Grouses aside, the film is in no way a disposable disappointment

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