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Mukherjee’s film was centred on Manju (incidentally the name of the main character’s mother in the remake), a rather effervescent heroine who steamrolls her way to everything and takes it upon herself to change the lives of a rather dull family.
Ghosh’s film takes the same premise, but not the middle-class milieu that was the hallmark of Mukherjee’s film. Instead, there are opulent palaces, kings, queens, and even the supposedly middle-class people dust their houses wearing designer outfits and artisan jewellery.
“Khoobsurat” doesn’t set out to be anything more than a candy-floss romance, and to its credit, stays true to its genre. It’s a straight and simple girl-meets-prince-of-her-dreams love story.
The girl in question is Mili Chakravarty, a scatterbrained and rather annoying physiotherapist, who thinks it’s OK to address someone she met five minutes ago by a pet name. She interrupts conversations at will, offers unwanted advice and calls her mother by her first name.