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|October 3, 1998||
But the director fortunately limits himself the one between one elder sister (Ashwini Bhave) and a younger brother (Salman Khan), parted in birth by a decade or so.
The maker thought he found a winner in this tear-jerker, but there he too was a few decades behind -- it might have been a hit in the 60s, not the late 90s.
The initial scenes assure you of the love they share. So when the sister wants to get a shirt stitched for the brother, he promptly goes and gets a blouse stitched instead -- he can't stand the wolves casting lusty looks on his sister because she wears a torn one.
Then steps in dancer Shweta Menon, who has this ability to lure the affluent and peck the riches off them. But she can't stand it if a man doesn't glance her way. And the final ingredient, Rambha, who plays the city-educated sister of the thakur, who falls for designer jean clad village bumpkin that Salman plays.
Enter the dancer, who eyes the thakur. Mere man he, he succumbs. But he has the cheek to say that if anybody loves him, they should tolerate everything he does, including his chasing the dancer. When the brother-in-law disagrees, chap gets tossed out the door.
Meanwhile, the thakur's sister tries her best to seduce the bumpkin. Succeeds follows a sharp slap on the face. Why do our actors fall in love only after being slapped? Any ideas out there? Happens so often in Hindi cinema, it's pretty intriguing.
The film is cringe-making at times. There is a scene where he tells the wife that he could as well be dead for her, so could she wear a traditional white sari like a widow. And, hey, doesn't the woman agree?
There is no proper continuity in the film. You get a feeling that there's something missing somewhere always. Take for example of the love the brother and sister share. Quite forgotten after the lady marries off. The songs are mediocre and only one is worth the humming, Tere naina mere naino ki kyon bhasha bole.
Salman looks good, but hardly looks a village bumpkin in leather boots and jeans. But then, our films defied logic always. This is Salman's third release this year and unlike the earlier two, this will most definitely bomb. Bandhan is an out and out loser.
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