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Main Hoon Na
Director: Farah Khan
Cast:
Shah Rukh Khan, Susmita Sen, Suniel Shetty, Zayed Khan, Amrita Arora and Kiron Kher,
12 cert camera
Zayed Khan and Amrita Arora
Zayed Khan and Amrita Arora in Main Hoon Naa
'Unabashedly entertaining…' says Jay Mamtora

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Women directors always brag about how their films are socially relevant or how their female protagonists are the real stars.

Farah Khan obviously does not belong to that genre of female directors.

Main Hoon Na is an all out male dominated flick, peppered with every cliché known to mainstream cinema.

And despite that, the end result is a mindless roller coaster of zany entertainment.

Shah Rukh Khan plays Major Ram Prasad, an undercover army man who ends up in a college based in Darjeeling.

He is there to protect his boss's daughter (played by Rao), lest a dreaded terrorist Raghvan (Shetty), who gets his hands on her in an attempt to thwart Mission Milaap.

However, Ram also has a hidden agenda for visiting the college.

His half brother, Laxman (Zayed Khan) 'studies' at the same college and lives locally with his mother (Kher) - who had left her husband (Naseerudin Shah) as a result of his infidelity.

The result of which was Ram for those who haven't yet seen the movie.

Add to this bhelpuri of sub-plots, a spitting teacher (Satish Shah), a forgetful principal (Irani) and a wannabe 'Hinglish' teacher (Bindu).

There is also a chemistry teacher, Chandni Chopra (Sen in an all too brief role) who sets Ram's pulse racing.

So what you end up with is the perfect ingredient for a typical Manmohan Desai style pot boiler offering three hours of shameless fun.

Main Hoon Na is by no means a thought provoking film. And the best part is it doesn't pretend to be either.

It is Farah Khan's tribute to the 70's style of filmmaking, comprising of a silly but fun comedy track, lost and found siblings, dutiful sons, hammy villains, adult and teenage romances and racy music.

Farah Khan gives us every aspect of escapist cinema in three hours and frankly speaking, does quite a good job of it.

Not once does the film get boring, and by today's standards that is quite an achievement.

Technically, the film is sound with some excellent action sequences and brilliant end credits (inspired by Bombay Dreams).

But the Matrix like effects should have been toned down as they're getting quite repetitive.

Anu Malik's music is good, not brilliant but matches the mood of the film and their choreography obviously is spot on, seeing that Farah Khan herself is a renowned choreographer.

Performance wise, it is off course Shah Rukh Khan's film and revolves around him.

Don't get me wrong he is good but in his narcissistic attempt to try and pull off the dude, the lover, the dutiful son, and every character possible, he forgot that he really isn't convincing as an action hero.

Still this is one of his better and restrained performances.

Zayed Khan is passable - I suspect the original choice Hrithik would have done a far better job but Zayed's not bad and definitely better than his debut in Chura Liya Hai Tumne.

Sunil Shetty pulls off his villainous act well and gives one of the film's better performances.

Amrita Rao is cute and seems to be improving with each film. Sushmita Sen has the smaller role and is required mainly for oomph value and boy does she score on that front!

Never has she looked so jaw droppingly gorgeous (full marks to Manish Malhotra) - and I doubt if she ever will. Shame there isn't more of her in the film.

Kiron Kher is good in her role too. Of the supporting cast, Boman Irani has a small role but is hilarious. Ditto Satish Shah and Bindu. Kabir Bedi and Naseerudin Shah deliver the goods.

On the whole Main Hoon Na is unabashedly entertaining and has done very well at the box office.

Enjoy it for what it is but don't expect it to be memorable - it's just a good, enjoyable popcorn flick and a great way to kill a few hours.

Jay Mamtora
Guest Reviewer
 
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