Manisha the saving grace of boring ‘Mehbooba’ (Film Review)

July 12th, 2008 - 4:48 pm ICT by IANS  

By Subhash K. Jha
Film: “Mehbooba”; Cast: Mnaisha Koirala, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan; Director: Afzal Khan; Rating: *1/2 Manisha Koirala is the one reason why one would want to brave this prolonged homage to the cinema of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “Mehbooba” is a three-hour-long tribute to Bhansali’s “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”. The plot, ambience, characters, music and even the interactive interludes between the main protagonists are all derived with lip-smacking relish from Bhansali’s film.

“Mehbooba” (no relation to Shakti Samanta’s 1977 “Mehbooba”) even goes to Budapest, where Bhansali shot the second-half of “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”. The only difference is that “Mehbooba” goes to Budapest in the first-half and to the bustling, noisy, food-laden haveli in the second-half.

The melodies, if one may call them that, flit in and out like unwanted guests after every 10 minutes of dialogue. If the songs were sacrificed on the editing table, maybe Mehbooba would be more bearable in its old-world love triangle of two brothers (one idealistic and lovelorn, the other unscrupulous and ever-libidinous) who fall for the same girl.

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