A remake of Hollywood sentiment fest I Am Sam, Harry Baweja's Main Aisa Hi Hoon will melt even the hardest of hearts. Acclaimed Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan reprises Sean Penn's role as Indraneel Thakur, a man with the mental age of seven who is forced to fight the system to maintain custody of his child. A superior emotional tearjerker, this melodrama succeeds where the Hollywood version doesn't.
The plot revolves around the mentally disabled Indraneel, who, along with a group of friends, has raised his seven-year-old daughter Gunjun (Baby Rucha Vaidya) after her mother Maya Trivedi (Esha Deol) abandoned them both. So when businessman Dayanath (Anupam Kher) files a lawsuit to gain custody of his grandchild, Indraneel must enlist dogmatic lawyer Neeti Khanna (Sushmita Sen) to fight his case. Cue some cute father-daughter dialogue and intense courtroom scenes, and what results is a well-crafted film that challenges the assumption that mentally disabled fathers aren't capable of providing suitable childcare.
"THE PERFORMANCES SHINE"
While Bhawani Iyer's screenplay sticks faithfully to its American predecessor, one area where it differs is its inclusion of songs to suit Indian audiences. Sadly this doesn't add to the film's appeal since the musical numbers are neither great nor move the plot along. Luckily Devgan and Sen's performances as innocent client and well-meaning lawyer shine and help the audience focus on the film's undeniably moving subject matter - that of a father and daughter's unconditional love.
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
In Hindi with English subtitles.