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April 26, 2002
This love triangle you can watch
The concept of love triangles is age-old in Hindi cinema.
What then does director Deepak Anand's latest release Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hain offer to the Hindi film buff? For one, newcomer Nakul Kapur who makes his debut. And Nadeem-Shravan's music.
Like any other Hindi film TSAKH has its share of dreams, love, jealousy and action. Set in rural Rajasthan, this is the story of villager Arjun Singh (Nakul Kapur), and his dream of becoming a famous singer. As a driver and tourist guide, Arjun meets Naina (Aarti Chabria) who is holidaying with Manto (Raghuveer Yadav) and some friends. Friendship blossoms, but Naina must return home. Not before she promises Arjun free lodge and board if he ever decides to come to Mumbai.
He takes her up on it. And Naina's family accepts him like their own. A string of rejections by music directors makes Arjun question his aspirations. But Naina's idea for a mobile concert atop an uncovered truck has him rejuvenated.
Enter Bobby (Kim Sharma), arrogant, spoilt brat whose hate for Arjun metamorphosises into a strange attraction after she hears him croon Dil gaya. Using her papa's (Dalip Tahil) hard earned greens she launches Arjun as popstar and falls, quite literally, madly in love with him. All this while poor Naina, who secretly adores Arjun masks her own feelings.
Arjun and Naina fall in love and decide to get married. The news shatters Bobby, who dreams of marrying Arjun. Hysterical, she shoots Arjun in the hand and rushes to Khandala where she tries to kill herself.
TSAKH moves at a brisk pace and the director ensures that the audience doesn't lose track.
Nadeem-Shravan do a good job with the compositions, especially with the Sukhwinder Singh number Aap jaisa and Sonu Niigam's Door waadiyon se. Watch out for Soraj Khan's choreography, too.
Model-turned-actor Nakul Kapur makes an impressive outing. Kim Sharma makes the grade but her character is a tame rip-off of Urmila Matondkar's in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya. Aarti Chabria, however, does no justice to her part.
What's interesting about TSAKH is that it has a little bit of everything, but it never gets to be too much. Though, the film may not be a hit of mammoth proportions, it will draw collections at the BO.
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