What’s It About
This is a story about Raina (Mrs Khanna), her husband Samir and her best friend Akash. The three find themselves in transit, at the crossroads of life, where each one has to make a decision that will change their lives forever. Samir (Salman Khan) has to decide whether he wants to stay in the same city, which gave him so much and then took it all away or fly away to a new city; Raina (Kareena Kapoor) has to decide whether her love and loyalty for her husband, who left her to pursue success is more justified than her faith and trust in her new found friend; Akash (Sohail Khan) has to decide whether what he feels for a married woman is lust or true love and whether he is justified in trying to win her at all costs.
The crux of the film is that love never comes alone in one’s life, it always brings with it complications. So basically, it is a film about relationships and the way relationships have been portrayed is very logical .The treatment given is interesting while maintaining the simplicity throughout the film. But the plot is predictable. It showcases the same old traditional values with the wife accepting whatever her husband decides. The airport, used as a backdrop, is novel in Hindi cinema, though one observes glimpses of The Terminal (2004) starring Tom Hanks in the film. One of the main situations is also inspired by The Proposal (the immigration and work permit issue sequences).
Salman Khan is on a roll after Wanted. His screen presence is unmatched. Kareena has matured as an actress and portrays the character of a dutiful wife, who has complete faith in her husband, with panache. Sohail Khan suits the character of a happy-go-lucky guy. Deepika’s special appearance adds variety to the film. Yash Tonk is typecast in a supporting role (as Sohail’s friend). Nauheed Cyrusi‘s role is miniscule.
The emotional scenes are very well scripted. The cinematography, especially during intense scenes, makes an impact. The dialogues by Prem R Soni are appropriate to the situations and the characters. The first half is a light-hearted affair whereas the second half is emotional but lacks sufficient drama. The end is dragging and Chirag Jain, the editor, should have made it crisper. The songs are nicely placed apart. The Preity Zinta episode is attention-grabbing. The sets are lavishly done by Shailesh Mahadik and Shital Kanvinde, so there is a very grand house of Raina who is living on a measly salary (as she is just a salesgirl at an airport counter)!
Though this is Prem R Soni’s debut movie, he has done good work. He has made a film with a soul to it, so it should appeal to family audience. But a little more intensity could have made it more engrossing.
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna is affected the most due to pre-Diwali release, it being a ladies and family fare. Also, a less crowded release would have helped the film better at the box office.