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1 Star. Chori Chori – Everyone Falls In Love. With Ajay Devgan, Rani Mukherjee, Sonali Bendre.
During the film one of the characters, with reference to the lead characters situation, says, “What this story needs is a good writer”. That about sums it up. This film could have been much more if it only had a stronger script. The premise of the film has been “inspired” by the Steve Martin/Goldie Hawn comedy Housesitter, an infinitely better film. The Bollywood version has been turned into a love story, albeit not a good one. The film was completed more than a year ago and is only being released now in the wake of its stars award winning performances in other more recent releases. Ajay Devgan and Rani Mukherjee will want to quickly forget that they were ever in this film.

Mukherjee plays Khushi, an orphan who is searching for her knight in shining armour. In her desperation to find true love she turns to deception and lies in order to fulfill her dreams. Devgan is the unlikely hero who she targets, but ends up being used by in his own game of deception. He is in love with Puja (Bendre) his childhood friend, but she doesn’t feel the same. After a chance meeting Khushi decides to move into his house and is mistaken for his fiance by his family. He eventually agrees to continue the charade hoping that Puja will be sufficiently jealous to fall in love with him.

The best thing about the film is its location. It was shot in the picturesque hill station of Simla in India. The beauty of this town is amazing.

I can only wonder what this film could have been like in the hands of directors like Karan Johar ( Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) or Aditya Chopra ( Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge). This material is better suited to them. Chori Chori’s director, Milan Luthria, made a confident debut with the film Kacche Daage a few years ago. But with this, his second film, he falters badly. While he is definitely let down by a poor script which offers its actors no characterization, he must also shoulder most of the blame. The music by Sajid-Wajid is good, but Luthria inserts the songs at inopportune moments hampering the pace of the film. The climax has no less than 3 songs squeezed into it. This is completely unecessary. But then again so is the film.

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    Mehboob Bawa is an actor, producer, writer, voice artiste and Bollywood specialist. He covers the Bollywood scene for The Cape Times, the morning daily newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa.

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