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Hum Tum
Kunal Kohli
Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Kiron Kher, Jimmy Shergill and Isha Koppikar.
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Saif Ali Khan & Rani Mukerjee in Hum Tum
Saif Ali Khan & Rani Mukerjee in Hum Tum
'Cliched yet heart warming', says Jay Mamtora.

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Kunal Kohli who made the disastrous Mujhse Dosti Karoge a couple of years ago is back with a Mills and Boon kinda chick flick.

This one has shades of When Harry Met Sally and even Men are from Mars Women are from Venus.

Essentially, there is hardly anything here that we haven't witnessed umpteen times before but Kohli's mushy romance is forgiven.

Why? Because, despite abounding in clichés, it still has its heart in the right place making it worth watching at least once.

Karan Kapoor (Saif) is a cartoonist and the creator of a successful sketch 'Hum Tum' - which highlights his views on men and women and their different takes on life.

A firm believer of living life spontaneously, he lives for the moment, has a different girlfriend every week and doesn't really believe in the institution of marriage or even monogamy for that matter.

At the end of the spectrum we have Rhea (Rani), who despite being modern in her outlook to life is a traditionalist at heart.

Fireworks and friction ensue when she has a chance encounter with Karan on a flight to New York, owing obviously to their different takes on life.

Spanning ten years and three continents, the film examines how their relationship develops from initial hatred, gradual friendship and inevitably into something much deeper and meaningful.

Hum Tum runs on a simple premise and an extremely thin plot. It's all been seen before but what makes it eminently watchable and enjoyable is Kohli's treatment of the storyand his sense of casting.

Each and every one of the actors seem tailor made for their respective roles even if they are just cameos.

The wise cracking Karan is a role tailor made for Saif Ali Khan. He gives the character just the right amount of cockiness, sarcasm, arrogance and heart, in a way only he could.

It would be difficult to imagine anyone besides him to pull it off with such spontaneity, style and panache.

Hopefully Hum Tum will put to rest any doubts about his credibility as an actor and his ability to deliver in solo hero films as opposed to being relegated to the sidelines.

Rani is fast becoming one of the more dependable and versatile actresses of her generation.

Here she plays a role that is in complete contrast to her undoubtedly award winning act as the downtrodden housewife in last week's Yuva.

As Rhea she is elegance personified, looking gorgeous besides. Disarmingly charming, her chemistry with Saif is terrific and this is where Hum Tum scores most of it's brownie points.

The supporting cast too delivers gems in terms of performances.

As Rhea's loud, English attempting Punjabi mom, Bobby, Kiron Kher is marvellous and is sure to bring the house down albeit in a brief role.

Rishi Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri as Karan's estranged parents are effective too, especially Kapoor who gets to shine in a well written role after a long time.

Shergill as Mihir plays his part well and seems to be getting better with each passing film - even if they are just fleeting guest appearances.

Abhishek is suave in his surprise cameo. Isha Kopikar and ex veejay Shehnaz Treasurywalla though, are just about passable.

Technically the film has a rich look throughout which is hardly surprising considering it's a Yash Raj Presentation.

The idea of incorporating animation is novel though it hardly does much to move the story along.

Jatin-Lalit's music has a 'been there heard that quality' about it but a couple of the tracks are undeniably catchy.

All in all Hum Tum is definitely not novel nor is it path breaking cinema.

At times it's a tad cheesy too but overall it is a breezy entertainer that works because of the difference in its treatment and some excellent performances. A decent popcorn flick.

Jay Mamtora
Guest Reviewer
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