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|August 5. 2000||
Candy for the eyeAparajita Saha
Take the English movie While You Were Sleeping. Throw in a triangle. Stir in some chemistry, blend some hummable songs. Add adequate doses of some conventional Bollywood-ishtyle histrionics. Garnish it with some comedy and hey presto, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega is ready for serving! The result is guaranteed to give audiences everywhere that mushy, gooey, everything-is-all-right-with-the-world sensation they crave.
Raj, also fondly called Raju (Salman Khan), is an aspiring singer looking for the elusive break. Pooja (Rani Mukherji) and Janavi (Preity Zinta) are best friends. Rani Mukherji is in a coma. Her family thinks Salman Khan's is her husband, but he isn't. To further entangle matters, Salman Khan is besotted with Preity Zinta. The rest, as they say, is good old Hindi cinema, taking its usual twists and turns to eventually reach the inevitable feel-good ending.
Of the cast, Preity Zinta is an amazingly engaging performer. She has a winning smile and a variety of noteworthy expressions. Salman Khan is equally likeable, even when shirtless, and it's refreshing to see him finally get the girl. After relinquishing his love in numerous movies, he's finally at the receiving end. Rani Mukherji tends to get overshadowed by Preity Zinta, but she has her winning moments too, during the latter part of the film.
The movie strikes a fine balance between poignant pathos and genuinely funny comedy, neither of which are overdone. Especially worth mentioning is a scene between Salman Khan and Preity Zinta where he valiantly tries to hold on to her while she is breaking-up with him.
The songs are well choreographed, and make for easy listening. Anu Malik has composed a pleasant soundtrack - if only the man would quit singing! The supporting cast fits in unobtrusively, although everyone appears a little too cheerful for a family whose daughter is in coma.
All in all, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega delivers what it advertises: no surprises, but a load of warm feelings packaged in a glossy and sleek wrap. So book yourself a seat, and Bon Appétit!
Director: Raj Kanwar
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