MOVIE REVIEW May 2003
Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne
Starring: Zayed Khan, Esha Deol, Gulshan Grover, Salil Ankola
Director: Sangeeth Sivan
Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
Though it steals the story from the 1963 Hollywood flick Charade starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne does anything but steal your hearts. A hackneyed screenplay prevents it from rising above the usual, mediocre fare being doled out these days in the name of entertainment. A thriller directed by Sangeeth Sivan, the movie does have some engrossing moments but loses its grip at regular intervals often leaving the viewer confused, which detracts from the overall impact.
On the plus side, the film moves at a feverish pace and is well shot, especially the climax. The locales of Bangkok and Pattaya [Thailand] are a visual treat.
Debutant Zayed Khan as the mysterious Vijay ? he incidentally is Hrithik Roshan?s brother-in-law ? needs to do many things before he can hope to achieve even an iota of success: He needs to put on weight, he needs to undergo a crash course in dialogue delivery and last but not the least, he desperately needs to get his hair cropped. But to be fair to him, he does not show any signs of camera fright, is a decent dancer and is good in action sequences. Esha Deol as Tina, the damsel in distress fighting off a band of killers in Bangkok, is just about OK. The girl has yet to show any significant growth as an actress. Rakhi Sawant radiates oomph and comes across as a talented performer. Former cricketer Salil Ankola leaves an impact in a small, but significant role.
Music by upcoming music director Himesh Reshammiya is the high point of the movie, especially the title track and the Mirchi number, but the songs sometimes act as impediments in the smooth flow of the narrative.
An average movie. If you haven?t seen it, you haven?t missed anything.
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