turbulent times prior to India's independence forms the backdrop for
story revolves around the love of a deputy commissioner's daughter
and the son of one of the locals who works for him.
(Vivek Oberoi) is a young boy who works in the stables. During his
spare time, he writes poetry.
(Isha Sharwani) is Kisna's friend. She has been in love with him
there is Katherine (Antonia Bernath), the daughter of the British
deputy commissioner. She is also fond of Kisna.
the eve of Independence, Katherine returns to India but she becomes
a threat to Luxmi who feels she might take Kisna away from her.
sorry for Luxmi, her grandfather decides to get her engaged to the
soon, tension rises when the locals revolt against the British.
The British deputy commissioner is killed and now they are after
to her mother's wishes, Kisna shelters Katherine from the angry
mob. She even suggests that he escorts her back to New Delhi for
her safe passage to London.
what follows next is a series of obstacles for this young couple
during their journey to New Delhi.
includes a prince who takes a fancy to Katherine and wants to make
her his own. Then there is the enraged mob led by Kisna's own brother
and the conflicts between the Hindus and the Muslims.
the tensions, the director gives us some respite when Kisna and
Katherine make a stop over at a friend's place.
is also the elaborate mujra sequence (performed by actress
Susmita Sen) whose standard is equivalent to the Dhola Re
number in the film Devdas, but also conjuring up memories
to Pardes and Taal, Subhash Ghai has made Kisna
on a grand scale. The story is different from all other Bollywood
movies currently being released. The film is visually stunning.
character of Kisna is played very well by Vivek Oberois but it's
our UK based actress, Antonia Bernath who hogs the limelight til
actress, Antonia is not only beautiful, but her screen presence
overpowers the rest of the actors until they become sideline caricatures.
She has definitely carved a niche in Bollywood.
Sharvani is a new find by Subhash Ghai. A professional classical
dancer, Isha provides an excellent spectacle in between the principal
only downside is the film's length. Certain scenes should have been
shortened to add more depth to the movie.
said this, the film excels in the music department courtesy of A
R Rehman and Ismail Darbar. Coupled with excellent choreography
and camera movements, the dance sequences are well worth a watch.
but not the least, Kisna, acts as a farewell gesture to the
late Amrish Puri. A good entertainer.
by Manish Gajjar
BBC Shropshire Bollywood