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Milenge Milenge

It took an age to make and an age to be released. But finally this week, Milenge Milenge hit the silver screen.

Since it was in the making for so long, there’s little to be expected from this film. But the product surprises you – it’s not all that bad. And with that backhanded compliment, we’ll leave the audience to be the judge of this product.

The theme is destiny witnessed repeatedly over the years but the writers seem to have worked really hard on the script to make it a watchable affair. The lead pair – Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor – meet at a youth festival in Bangkok. What follows is a series of ups and downs in their friendship which leads to romance. But wait, there’s a twist in the tale. Shahid, who wins the trust of Kareena, loses it and he tries to win it back. Will he, wont he? Nah, he doesn’t. And their love story? That’s the destiny bit.

The film has been in the making for a long time and it shows. Kareena, now known for her ‘Size O’ figure, looks a little plump, and Shahid looks very young. Also, yesteryear’s fashion and already-heard one-liners leave you wondering if the film would have enjoyed a different destiny at the box office had it released on time. Having said that, it serves up a dollop of romance with high drama and a pinch of comedy.

Looks like the filmmaker firmly believes in destiny because that’s the point being driven home for two and a half hours. It poses an all-important question: Should one risk one’s love life over what the tarot cards say?

The film starts off well but it soon turns into a run-of-the-mill boy-meets-girl story though there are moments when it raises expectations. The second half, in particular, moves quickly, with interesting scenes keeping the audience glued to the screen.

The background score and music also raise the stakes. ‘Kuchh toh baki hai’ is already a rage among youngsters and Himesh Reshammiya’s music is one of the best ingredients of this project. The background music too is appealing and moves with the flow of the film. With a number of classic shots similar to ones in all romantic comedies, the cinematography is strictly all right with nothing to boast about. The editing is crisp.

Satish Kaushik handles some scenes with aplomb and proves he’s not lost his touch, especially when it’s a love story. The dialogue are weak and are repetitive at times but Kaushik, with his team of writers, seems to have worked hard on the screenplay.

Performance-wise, the Shahid-Kareena pairing looks good on screen. And their off-screen chemistry (when the film was being made) is evident on screen. Shahid performs well. Kareena is loud in places but she too acts her part well.

Aarti Chabria has nothing to do. Delnaaz Paul and Sarfaraz Khan make their presence felt. Satish Shah fails to evoke laughter. Kirron Kher sparkles in her brief role. Himani Shivpuri is wasted.

In a nutshell, the film’s pre-release delay will take its toll at the ticket counter. But collections may pick up with word of mouth. But the big question is: Will the audience be willing to spend on an ‘old’ product?

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