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July 2009
Movie Review

Kal Kissne Dekha

Starring: Jackky Bhagnani, Vaishali Desai, Rishi Kapoor

Producer: Vashu Bhagnani

Director: Vivek Sharma

Music Director: Sajid-Wajid

This is the first big release after the two-month strike that crippled the industry. Sadly, viewers who were waiting for some exciting fare to lift their sagging spirits had to make do with painfully predictable stuff, even though Kal Kissne Dekha was touted as a thriller.

Nihal Singh (Jackky Bhagnani), a simple boy from Chandigarh with a brilliant mind, dreams of studying in an elite college in a big city. When he gets admission in a Mumbai college, he is on cloud nine but everything is not hunky dory initially. Nihal is ragged by his seniors and insulted by the girl he likes, Meesha (Vaishali Desai). But he gradually wins them over. Super rich Meesha is the spoilt brat of the college who cannot accept that Nihal is managing to endear himself to everyone, including Prof Verma (Rishi Kapoor), the warden of the college. The turning point in the story comes when Nihal has visions of Meesha being in danger. Inevitably, he saves her --- you see, the guy can peek into the future and so, can see where the bombs are hidden -- and love blooms between the two. But someone is trying to use his gift against him ?

Although the film’s story had immense promise, the directorial execution is lacklustre, ensuring that for the most part, hardly anything exciting happens to hold the viewers’ attention. What's more, several questions remain unanswered till the end. The movie also lacks the fun normally associated with campus fare. On the plus side, the cinematography is excellent and it is stylishly shot. One or two songs are hummable, but that’s about it.

The film is supposed to be the launch pad of producer Vashu Bhagnani’s son, but the makers can’t seem to decide whether they want to project Jackky as an action hero or a lover-boy in his debut movie. Anyway, the lad is a good dancer and great at action but one doubts if he’ll be able to hold his own in the face of intense competition from the talented bunch of newcomers that have suddenly mushroomed in Bollywood. Debutante Vaishali is good-looking and pitches in a confident act, though there’s nothing exceptional about her. Riteish Deshmukh is wasted. Rishi Kapoor, as always, is in great form and quite easily steals the thunder.

Watch Kal Kissne Dekha only if you are desperate for Bollywood fare after the long drought.

Current Top 10 Movies

1. Aa Dekhen Zara

2. Aloo Chaat

3. 8x10 Tasveer

4. Videsh—Heaven on Earth

5. Dev.D

6. Raaz—The Mystery Continues

7. Barah Anna

8. 13B

9. Ek—The Power of One

10. Straight

Current Top 10 Songs

1. Genda Phool (Delhi-6)

2. Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire)

3. Khudaya Khair (Billu)

4. Aalam Guzarne Ko (Kal Kissne Dekha)

5. Hai Guzarish (Ghajini)

6. Bholi Bhali (Sikandar)

7. Tujhme Rab Dikhta (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)

8. Nazaara Hai (8X10 Tasveer)

9. Aloo Chaat (Aloo Chaat)

10. Pardesi ( Dev.D)

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