Kal Kissne Dekha: Not really future perfect

June 12, 2009

The last Hindi film I watched in a theatre was Nagesh Kukunoor’s “Tasveer”, an improbable tale about a man who has ‘photographic visions’ and can revisit the past. Then Bollywood took a break and I hoped it would serve the industry well.

After all, isn’t that what a break is supposed to do? Refresh and enliven, so that you can come back feeling fresher.

Unfortunately, Bollywood seems to have gone from bad to worse in that time — if you go by the first release since the film producers’ strike — Vivek Sharma’s “Kal Kissne Dekha”, starring debutante Jackky Bhagnani and Vaishali Desai. A jaded, disjointed and totally mediocre film about a boy who can see into the future.

Bhagnani plays Nihal Singh, who comes from Chandigarh to Mumbai for higher studies. It is another story that his college, hostel and surroundings look nothing like Mumbai. There he meets Misha (Desai), the arrogant, rich girl who hates him at first sight.

We are also introduced to Professor Varma, played by Rishi Kapoor in an ugly wig, and told that protagonist Nihal has the power to foretell the future.

Eventually, after misunderstandings, fights and a lot of meaningless song sequences, Nihal and Misha fall in love.

With that settled, director Sharma moves on to the action part of the film, introducing the “terrorist” element — a plot to plant bombs all over Mumbai.

I am not sure what this film was meant to be — a college romance, a thriller, an action film or the one genre that encompasses all three — Bollywood masala.

It ends up being nothing, thanks to the barely-there script and the director’s and producer’s obsession with showcasing Jackky Bhagnani’s talent (or non-talent).

It seems Jackky is in every possible frame, showing off his rippling muscles, dancing moves or facial expressions. Which is fine when your father is the producer of the film, but there is such a thing as overdoing it, isn’t there?

The young actor has a decent screen presence and definitely has the body, but needs to sharpen his acting and diction skills a great deal. Vaishali Desai is reduced to a stereotypical Hindi film heroine, wearing skimpy clothes, dancing in exotic locations and screaming for the hero to save her in the climax.

Riteish Deshmukh is wasted in a convoluted side track.

The locales and action sequences are good enough. But after two months of no movies, this offering makes you wish Bollywood would take another, much longer break. That is definitely not a good thing.


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The promos of this movie look straight out of some 90s Bollywood movie where a new hero is launched with old and jaded storyline – boy meets girl, hate each other at first sight n then fall in love. I agree with u Shilpa that Bollywood has gone from bad to worse(or probably back in time to the 90s). Every new film is superbly marketed but every time u go to watch the movie with the hope of finding something new n refreshing u come out feeling cheated. It’s always like old wine in new bottle. What else can u expect from a film industry whose top actress is Katrina Kaif who cannot even mouth her dialogues properly!

Posted by Hanit | Report as abusive

thanks Shilpa….had fun reading this review 😉

Posted by Jessy | Report as abusive

Hey guys

Its nice to watch this movie trailer, Jackky Bhagnani,Vaishali Desai looking cool and good check out this movie trailer here.

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