Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam



Prior to watching, I just didn't get why I hadn't heard more about Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. I mean, its a love triangle between Madhuri, Salman, and Shahrukh! Yet its only grazed over briefly on most Shahrukh Khan fan sites, has never been recommended to me by any of my fellow bloggers, and...well, its just not talked about much.

After watching the film, I can see why. Its just not very good. Not awful, but mediocre at best. Still, it is a love triangle between Madhuri, Salman, and Shahrukh (though not in the way I'd expected), and thus there were things I really caught myself enjoying. These three did a fabulous job, and gave me enough things to talk about to warrant a review.



First of all, the biggest shock of this film was that it was made in 2002. The direction, lighting, cinematography and outfits made it look like it crawled out of the shadows of the HAHK and DDLJ hangover, gathered whichever actors from those films it could, and slopped itself together in about 1996 or so. My only clue that it could have been made later was the shape of Shahrukh Khan's hair. Maybe that's why I kept having to backtrack on my little knowledge of Bollywood pre-2007 chronology and ask myself which Khan was going to be the true "hero" of the film. Since I incorrectly assumed this was made somewhere in between Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, I expected this movie to be quite different, with Madhuri having an affair with Salman, and Shahrukh playing the husband we all felt sorry for but knew wasn't the one she was "supposed" to be with...you know,
KANK-style.

But the movie wasn't like that at all, which wasn't a bad thing, just not what I expected. Shahrukh was in the film much more than Salman was, and there was no love affair (I don't mean to throw a spoiler in here without warning, but its really no secret, as it becomes apparent to the viewer fairly quickly that the director has no intention of developing a romance between Madhuri and Salman's characters).




Here's the synopsis: Radha(Madhuri Dixit) and Suraj (Salman Khan) have been friends since childhood. The two share a beautiful relationship much like a brother and a sister would, and Suraj is practically a part of Radha's family. When Radha marries Gopal (Shahrukh Khan), her new husband sees this friendship as a threat. Most of the film centers on Gopal's struggle to trust his wife and his growing jealousy of Suraj, which definitely had its interesting moments.



I must say, Shahrukh played his part very well. I think the film would have really crashed and burned for me had he not been so great at being such a...well, such a jerk. Gopal was needy, possessive, jealous, and a Classic Big Baby. As a matter of fact, had this been real life, I would have sworn Gopal was the one who was actually having the affair, since he was so hopelessly insecure. On the other hand, there were times where I actually felt he was justified in feeling this way. Suraj was a total fifth wheel, and both he and Radha seemed completely oblivious to the fact that maybe Gopal wanted some alone time with his wife (Suraj even almost accompanied the newlyweds on their honeymoon, at Radha's suggestion, no less).






Surprisingly, these moments in the film were pretty hilarious, and I have to give credit to Shahrukh here as well. I think this was the funniest I've ever seen him--his facial expressions and mutterings under his breath whenever Suraj popped up were some of the best parts of Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, and probably the main reason I'd consider watching it again.

But all praise doesn't go to Shahrukh. I really liked Salman, too, but in a different way. His character, Suraj, was fun and extremely likable. In fact, I actually wished Radha would end up with him, since Gopal was such a psycho. And Madhuri and Salman worked well together, as they had in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, so I found myself enjoying these two onscreen once again.

My first impression of Salman Khan was in his more recent films like Partner and Salaam-E-Ishq. In both of those, I thought he came across as arrogant and was unimpressed with his acting skills. But after HAHK and Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, I can finally say he's growing on me. The man can be really adorable, in a cheesy, Bollywoody, kind of way. And he's quite handsome, something I'd tried not to notice before. But I'm still a teensy bit confused about the acting part--Gosh, he just seemed so fake sometimes...like he was totally overemphasizing his words. Ironically, its this little flaw that's causing me to like him, since I'm seeing less arrogance and more vulnerabilty.

And, oh, yeah, did I mention Suraj was a famous singer? Well, he is, and this just kicks up the cheese factor about ten notches more... As these screencaps illustrate.





Here are Suraj's exact words: "Hey You, Beautiful Girl...I have this beautiful flower in my hand. I want to know which one of you will be lucky enough to get it...You, you, (points at Madhuri, who gives a fake surprised look), how about YOU?"...throws flower into crowd.

Yep, this is the man I liked best in the film. Go figure.

Ahh, onto Madhuri. The beautiful, graceful, talented Madhuri. I could never truly join in on her praises...I'd only seen a few films, and liked her in them, but never had that experience with her where my appreciation turned into affection. Now, that moment has finally arrived.



One of the major weaknesses in this film is that the script barely allows us to see how Radha truly feels. She mentions something sweet to herself on their wedding night, but after that, we are left to wonder if Gopal may be onto something with all his insecurities. The story is written mostly from Gopal's point of view, and his guess is as good as ours. Yet Madhuri does well with what she has to work with, and when the movie reaches its climax, we no longer have to question who she loves. It is literally written all over her face.

The supportive cast added a nice element, too, with Radha's brother Prashant (Atul Agnihotri) and his fixation on Amitabh Bachchan...



And Gopal's sister, Neeta (Suman Ranganathan), who sort of reminded me of Aishwarya Rai...



Then again, I'm always finding these random resemblances that nobody seems to agree with me on, so I guess I could be way off ;).

More cool elements? The beautiful picturization of the title song, "Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam", which is probably the one point in the film that Shahrukh made me swoon...And I saw more chemistry between him and Madhuri than I did in the entire length of Dil To Pagal Hai. I tried to take some screencaps, but none of them did any justice to what you actually see onscreen, so here's the YouTube video...The beginning looks like its a Ford commercial, but don't worry, it's not :)



I discovered on Wikipedia that this song was a copy of a Pakistani song (I always get excited when there's a Pakistani connection), "Boohey Bariyan", so I included this one for anybody who's interested...



I couldn't find the name for my second favorite song in the film, but it was a total nod to HAHK...The bedroom, Madhuri's outfit, the slick dance moves, it was all very dejavu. If there are more films with Salman and Madhuri in them, please let me know, because I'd probably buy them if somebody recommended them to me.



As for Salman and Shahrukh, they have little time alone onscreen together, but there is one little showdown that proved to be quite interesting. Salman's lines at the end were oddly humorous, and I found myself nodding my head in agreement, wondering why this was a little funny to watch. Maybe it had something to do with the onscreen rivalry between the two that the media hypes up, I don't know. Or maybe it was the expressions on their faces...Either way, it was a moment in Bollywood I'm glad I caught.



(**SPOILER***)

Towards the end of the film, Gopal's insecurities escalate to a point where he pretty much forces Radha to leave her own home. She is heartbroken, even at the verge of suicide, but Gopal is stubborn and will not budge. Guess who comes along to straighten all of this mess out...



Yep, that's right! Its the real Aishwarya Rai! She plays Suman, Suraj's blind girlfriend that nobody seems to talk much about up until this point. Somehow one visit from her magically makes Gopal see the light and realize what a gem of a wife he has.

It was kind of irritating that the writers chose Radha to nearly attempt suicide before Gopal comes riding in on his white horse and practically commands her to forgive him and return home. Of course, she does, and this lackluster ending just added to the mediocracy of the film.

(***SPOILER END****)

I had a very high tolerance level for the film's flaws, due to my affection for the three lead actors. I forgave a lot here, and enjoyed a lot of the things I mentioned above. Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam was not what I expected, but worked in some ways, which is probably why I ended up typing more than I thought I would. I'd love to hear your thoughts, though!

And, oh, yeah, on the heels of Memsaab's post comes another lovely "Hinglish" (her word, not mine)screencap. Ahh, yes, in this movie we don't drink "7up", we drink "Thumbs Up" (And if that's an actual name for a soda in India, I apologize and someone can yell at me for my ignorance.).




Text © 2008 Nida Nazir Bitten By Bollywood

27 comments:

Zehra,  August 13, 2008 at 3:46 AM  

Hey Nida,

Umm... I wouldn't have suggested this film to you. Its pretty mediocre as you realize too.

Actually you found many high points in the film which sadly I didn't. And you are so very right about it being shot somewhere in 1996 instead of the 2000s. Its just their attires and the cars that prove that this is a film from this era.

Also Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam is a full copy paste version of Pakistani singer Hadiqa Kiyani's hit Bhooay Barriyan. Bhooay Barriyan is actually Punjabi for doors and windows and is a very popular song here.

And by the way howcome you didn't like the movie Dil To Pagal Hai? Its one of my very favourite movies, actually I've been wanting to watch for again for the thousandth time and I might do it today =]

I just love the money! OMG! Madhuri and Shah Rukh were hot!!! Especially the bangle season remember at a friend's wedding when she loses her bangle and Shah Rukh has it, Lord that was some scene =D

Thanks so much for all your replies to my posts =]

And do keep blogging, I simply adore your writing style.

Regards,
Zehra

joss August 13, 2008 at 4:30 AM  

I might well put this on my list, although there are many more worthy candidates for giving 'high priority' to! Somehow you have made me want to watch this film, even though you also show me that I might regret it! That's good writing! Well done.

dubbagol August 13, 2008 at 5:14 AM  

You describe the film so well...BTW the movie was a huge flop in India despite the starcast!! Great review as usual...truly you post the most refreshingly honest assessments of films.

The Dubbagol Team

Ipshi August 13, 2008 at 6:21 AM  

i found this movie really terrible but anyhoo... there is actually a soda here called thumbs up (hehehe) and some movies of Salman's that you must see are hum dil de chuke sanam and khamoshi and tell me what you think

theBollywoodFan August 13, 2008 at 9:38 AM  

Hi Nida: A very good Salman-Madhuri movie was Saajan (1991), also starring Sanjay Dutt. In addition to some excellent acting by everyone, the film had excellent music. You must see it! And when you see Andaz Apna Apna (since I know you have it), try catching a Salman dialogue referring to Madhuri ;)

Have you seen Salman in Maine Pyaar Kiya? Also, if you liked the Salman the singer, you might want to see Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (opposite Kajol), and Jaan-e-Mann (opposite Preity Zinta). A couple of his more serious films that I liked were Tere Naam and Kyon Ki. And I'm in complete agreement with Ipshi about Khamoshi and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam as well. These two in particular showcased Salman the actor with Salman the entertainer very well.

Cheers!

Nicki August 13, 2008 at 11:55 AM  

I disliked this film.

But I'm glad you're seeing another side of Salman that I love. As you already know, I'm a fangirl of his.

Ditto about thebollywoodfan's suggestions of Sallu's films.

I think I know which films to review soon - Salman Khan's oldies.

Hope you get to see Maine Pyar Kiya soon.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat August 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM  

Yup, Thumbs Up is a Cola drink in India- been around for a while (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thums_Up)

I think I will always tolerate this movie for Salman's sake- its sad the way ti shaped up, esp since they probably had the casting coup of the decade- some strong editing and better production values would have totally made the movie, but ah well!

Nida August 13, 2008 at 12:56 PM  

Zehra--Thank you so much for your kind words, it is very encouraging! I'm not sure who is singing in the second YouTube video, but I included it in the post after the one from the film because I thought it was the original Pakistani version? Anyways, thanks for explaining the meaning! I had no idea it was a Punjabi song, or that it meant "doors and windows"...I love all the information I learn about from you guys!:)
Well, I really, really wanted to like "Dil To Pagal Hai", as I stated in my post, but there was just not enough connection included in the script for me to really root for the two leads as a couple. Having said that, I totally agree with you that the bangle scene was smokin!! I even included some screencaps from that part in the bottom of my post. Here's the link in case you haven't seen it:

Dil To Pagal Hai Post

Joss--Thank you very much! I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts on the film...Like I said, I don't regret watching this at all because there were some things I couldn't help but smile about :)

Dubbagol--Thank you for the compliment! I'm glad you are stopping by and reading the reviews--and that you like them! I'm loving Dubbagol so far, by the way...

Ipshi--Ooops!:S I had no idea...actually, now that you mention it, though, I think we may have had this drink here in the 80s...not sure, it may be lodged somewhere in my repressed memories! I could probably edit that part out of the post, but its actually pretty funny...I really thought it was a subtitle flub! :B
"Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" is next on my list to review...;) Will have to get Khamoshi, though...it sounds really good.

Bollywood Fan--Thank you so much for the recos! I will definitely put "Saajan" on the ever growing list! "Andaz Apna Apna" will probably be one of the next few films I watch, as you and Shweta have really peaked my interest on that one!;) I'll also be on the lookout for the Mads reference...I just love when I actually "get" those things...As for the other films, I'd love to see them, too. I'd watch anything with Kajol in it, and the Preity/Salman combo may prove interesting. The serious ones you've listed look intriguing as well...I'd like to contrast them to his sillier roles. Haven't seen "Maine Pyaar Kya" yet, but that's another one I'll grab soon...

Nicki--I can't wait to see "Maine Pyaar Kya"! It is for sure at the top of my next shopping spree. I do have a stack of films to watch and review before I buy any new ones, but the fact that I keep hearing about this film is making me antsy...Maybe I just won't be able to wait!!! By the way, you mentioned in Shweta's post that those who liked "Jab We Met" should check out some Korean romantic comedies...Any top recos for us? ;)

Shweta--Lol, I'm glad I thought to mention the fact that there may be a Thumbs Up soda out there in my post because I was clearly wrong!!! I honestly thought it was a subtitle snafu...Anyways, I totally agree with you on the production issues...I feel like this movie had so much potential to be great. Its like having all the correct ingredients to make your favorite dish and then botching up the recipe. Bet this was one of those films that the Salman, SRK, and Madhuri thought would turn out completely different while filming, and then saw at the premiere and went, "What went wrong and why did I agree to do this??"

Anonymous,  August 14, 2008 at 12:55 AM  

This is a poor copy of an original tamil film. I saw the tamil version - can't remember its name.

The original tamil film centered around the insecure, jealous and possessive husband who drives away his wife in the end. She leaves him to live on her own unable to bear his suspicious nature. The incidents and the way the husband behaves is true to his character. The other guy continues to be her friend like he was before.

I think bollywood guys make a hash of things by not sticking to the original story. No wonder the film flopped and is never mentioned by any one.

Full marks for your patience in not only viewing bad films like this but also writing a review!

Anonymous,  August 14, 2008 at 12:57 AM  

btw, the other guy in the original tamil film is not a glamarous singer but an ordinary middle class guy - i guess that is what made the original story stick

Nicki August 14, 2008 at 4:27 AM  

Hey Nida. Yes, you should watch Korean romantic comedies if you Jab We Met. I have a small Korean blog which I haven't really worked on. It's hard for me to get some Korean movies. I watch a lot of them online. E-mail me and I'll tell you where to watch them.

nickiher@yahoo.com

For Korean romantic comedies I recommend the following....

My Tutor Friend
My Little Bride
My Sassy Girl
100 Days with Mr Arrogant
My Boyfriend is Type B
Too Beautiful to Lie

Those are just a few of my faves. :) I don't have all of them reviewed on my Korean blog yet.

http://kimnicki.blogspot.com

Korean movies are different from Korean dramas. Dramas are more like tv shows but average of 16 episodes.

If this matters. Jab We Met - the 2nd half reminded me of Too Beautiful to Lie.

theBollywoodFan August 14, 2008 at 11:24 AM  

Hey there Nida: Can't wait to your reviews of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and (eventually) Andaz Apna Apna!

Nicki: Thanks for the recommendations!

Nida August 14, 2008 at 1:10 PM  

Anonymous--Thanks for the info! Ooohh, that Tamil film sounds gooood... I like the idea of the man falling further and further into his own insecurites and then driving the wife away for good in a not so happy ending. I do love happy endings, but in this case, I think the Tamil film sounds much better...and memorable! Yeah, the whole "singer" profession for Salman was kind of goofy and unecessary, though it did give an opprotunity for a couple laughs when Radha said "Suraj is a much better singer than you are"...

Nicki--Thank you for the recommendations! I'm excited...they sound really fun based on the titles alone ("Too Beautiful to Lie"..."My Sassy Girl"..."100 Days with Mr Arrogant"..."My Boyfriend is Type B?"...Ahh! They all sound so fiesty and fun!!)

Bollywood Fan: I'll be starting "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" soon..might go see "Bachna Ae Haseeno" tomorrow as well!

Amrita August 14, 2008 at 9:13 PM  

Nida - this is what is known in Bollywood as a favor movie i.e. the stars did this movie as a favor to help out the producer/ director / whoever the old friend is. I dont think the three of them even got paid for it. It looks dated and awful (and IS dated and awful) because it was modelled on some old Tamil movie, which is the bargain basement way of getting a script. The tech looks dated because they probably couldnt afford any better even with the big three cutting their pay.

And Thums Up (no 'b') is an actual drink that came into being when Coke got booted out of India in the 70s. Of course, now Coke owns it :D

bollyviewer August 15, 2008 at 11:29 AM  

I remember watching this with a group of friends and having a lot of fun watching this movie! The fun part was courtesy my friends and not the movie, though. We took turns abusing Madhuri for neglecting her husband at the cost of her friend and booing at SRK for being jealous. Thought SRK being jealous of Salman was poetic justice for stealing Salman's girl in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai!

Nicki August 15, 2008 at 11:45 AM  

You're very welcome Nida.

Korean movies are fun and the girls are usually tough and sassy. There are occassions when the girl is the damel in distress.

I forgot to mention about Thums Up. Yeah, it's a drink in India. If you go to YouTube and type it up, you'll see celebs like Salman and Bipasha in the Thums Up commercial.

Reema August 15, 2008 at 8:48 PM  

This movie might have been better if it was finished in the proper amount of time. After so long, it felt like the actors lost interest.

Though I still love the scene of Shah Rukh talking to the horse. I think it's one of his best acting jobs.

Sonya,  August 17, 2008 at 11:10 AM  

Another hokey and wonderful Bollywood movie with great chemistry between Salman and Shah Rukh is Karan Arjun.

Nida August 19, 2008 at 12:36 PM  

Amrita--Well, that makes a little more sense! I just couldn't believe that the three--at the phase of their career they were at in 2002, when they already were big names in the industry--would choose to do a project like this. The Tamil film sounds, interesting, though. And, gosh, now if I ever make it to India and drink a can of Thums Up I am totally going to remember this post.:)

Bollyviewer--Ha ha! Good point--and you're right, the three leads give us enough to have fun with despite the movie's flaws. I bet I would have had fun, too, had I watched this with some of you guys!

Nicki-I'll have to check the Thums Up commercials out. ;) And I think I am really going to dig the Korean films--can't wait!

Reema--I agree with you, that was a fabulous scene! As a matter of fact, as I said in the post, I really thought he did an impressive job with the comedy in this entire film. I really will watch this again at some point for some of those funny moments, such as the one you mentioned.

Sonya--You know, I've been on the fence about Karan Arjun, but I'm just going to have to watch it now. I hear they have the entire film on YouTube. Thanks for stopping by!

ajnabi August 19, 2008 at 2:06 PM  

Hey Nida, I reviewed Karun Arjun as viewed on YouTube. After you've watched it be sure to tell me what you think of my POV. LOL http://ajnabi1977.blogspot.com/2008/06/adventures-in-youtube-karan-arjun-or.html

And I'm about to review HDDCS too! Can't wait to read your take on it.

Reviewer August 19, 2008 at 2:50 PM  

I have seen this movie and the only thing I recall about it is that I did not like it at all.That said I have to give you credit for having found so many positive things to say about this movie.....your review almost makes me want to see it again.......ALMOST.....I also have to give you credit for patience I remember I ran out of it fairly quickly during this movie :)

Nida August 20, 2008 at 1:05 PM  

Ajnabi--I'm excited to read your HDDCS review, and anxious to write my own! So far I haven't organized my thoughts on it yet, but will try to do so while taking some screenshots (that always seems to help me out when I get stuck). Also, got distracted by my "Bachna Ae Haseeno" viewing and had to get that out there.

Will definitely check out your "Karan Arjan" review after watching on good ol' YouTube!

Reviewer--Thank you! I'm not sure why I was so forgiving with this film...I think the saving grace for me was the two songs I mentioned above and the performances. Plus, I knew I had to finish so I could post on it!

Thanks for stopping by!

lala,  January 27, 2009 at 6:33 AM  

salman and madhuri u gta love em...i watched this film knowing full well its gonna be a waste of my time...actually alot of it was fast fwd...their 90s films togetehr were fab..watch dil tera aashiq

salman and aamir's andaz apna apna is fabtastic!!!!!

u should also check out konkona sen sharma's films - not ur usual bollywood films but they r fab!

Nida January 28, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

Lala--OMG thank you thank you! You mean there IS another Salman/Madhuri movie out there?

I have to get Andaz Apna Apna. I've simply heard too many good things about it.

I love Konkona so far, but only have seen a couple...any recommendations?

Thanks for stopping by!

Hans Meier March 11, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

Nida, thanks for another nice movie viewing report. Also thanks for the Pakistani song video, really nice tune (even though sound and visual could use a bit spice).

Recently on some Indian web site i read about some actor's "million dollar smile". They obviously used this phrase on every second actor, but i think for Madhuri Dixit it's actually true. She really lights up the screen and it was said that in the movie she was tense for a long while. Madhuri not being allowed to smile a lot was also one of the many downsides of Dil To Pagal Hai, i thought.

For the end of Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, i fully expected Madhuri to actually swallow the sleeping pills and SRK finding her passed out in the hospital. As you say, this movie feels more like mid-90s, say English Babu Desi Mem or so. Sometimes i was reminded of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (a Salman starrer), but CCCC is much more well crafted.

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