Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Hum Aapke Hain Koun|
Actors: Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Mohnish Bahl, Renuka Shahane, Anupam Kher
Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
A wonderful family film
Nicholas G. Kotsonis | new york, new york United States | 06/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful movie. The love story for all ages in any country. Prem and Nisha meet when their siblings get engaged in an arranged marriage. They at first tease each other, but eventually realize that they are in love. Then tragedy strikes, Nisha's sister Pooja, after giving birth to a beautiful boy, dies in a stairs accident. The families are grief stricken. They decide that the husband must marry again for the sake of the baby. The father's decide that Nisha will take Pooja's place. Nisha, being unaware that the families have arranged her to be marriewd to Rajesh, believes that she will be married to Prem.
Both lovers decide that for the sake of the families they will hide their love. Here is the traditional notion of sacreficing your happiness for the sake of many others.
This is a classic tale with the songs not only being an excellent breather from the movie, but they are also cute tunes that keep you involved in the story.
This film from Yash Chropra is the first from his family's company that explores the mixture of modern and tradional India. His later films Diwale Dulhania Y Jangege and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai expand the messages and themes begun in this film.
A must see film for everyone that loves love stories."
A classic tale of love, Bollywood style!
z hayes | TX | 11/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie turned out to be one of the highest-grossing Indian movies of all-time, and no wonder - the music is superb [songs & melodies in the traditional Indian style], good casting, and lovely costumes, not to mention a story that tugs at the heartstrings.
The story itself is a typical Bollywood romance/ tearjerker - Prem [Salman Khan] and Nisha [the bewitching Madhuri Dixit] finds themselves falling for each other as Prem's older brother Rajesh [Mohnish Behl] marries Nisha's sister Pooja [Renuka Shahane]. Unfortunately tragedy strikes when Pooja dies shortly after the birth of her first child. The elder males feel that it would be best for Nisha to marry her widowed bro-in-law [common in many traditional societies] so as to provide the motherless child with a loving substitute mommy. Unbeknownst to the other family members, Prem and Nisha are deeply in love, and they decide to sacrifice their love for the sake of the family [another common thread in many Bollywood movies]. The rest of the story deals with what happens to the star-crossed lovers.
Though the plot is not extraordinary, what lifts this movie above the average Bollywood blockbuster is the excellent songs & dances that lend a melodious harmony to the movie itself, whilst not detracting from the actual story. The acting by the cast is credible, and the two leads [Salman & Madhuri] have a genuine chemistry [that is repeated in many other Hindi romances such as Saajan etc].
An entertaining family movie that is sure to warm your heart [just don't expect a typical Bollywood blockbuster that is heavy on violence and low on acting & plot]."
A Bollywood favorite for many that has the vibe of an early
Lyn | Melbourne Australia | 02/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is generally a much loved Bollywood movie released in 1994. I think it has to be assessed within that time-frame.
It has all the simplicity and naivete that Hollywood did in the 50s and early 60s. Its the sort of movie Doris Day would have starred in in terms of nice people and family values. It has scenes such as two whole families sitting in a circle and playing a game of pass the cushion and when the music stops the person holding it has to perform some forfeit piece of poetry or music. Now this tells you something about the times in itself.
It is a long movie and there are many more songs than you tend to get these days. The songs were generally lively but I haven't felt tempted to download them. I did find the movie went on a bit at times though I know not all viewers felt that.
It is a piece that informs a lot about Indian customs with quite long scenes laying out cultural practices around weddings and allied rituals. These are people who put family first and will sacrifice personal desires for family sake. The families intermarried are idyllic except for an aunt who provides selfish, greedy contrast.
I came to Salman Khan movies this millennium and its interesting to see him younger. He is less self-conscious here and dances a lot better. I particularly noted the freer movement around his shoulders and wonder if all the bodybuilding since has locked him up there and restricted his range of movement!
All actors are good and the 2 leads (Salman and Madhuri Dixit) have good chemistry in what is, unashamedly, a building romantic tale.
There is nothing new here but it has its own period charms. For those who don't like sentimental or cute, for art-house cinema lovers and those who only like more real or recent stuff, this may not be for you. However for those who like Bollywood musicals this is one of the best loved in the genre- which won a swathe of awards when it was released."
Best of Bollywood
Scorpioz | san jose, ca, usa | 02/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is THE BEST "Family" movie you will ever come across the entire globe (not just Bollywood)...It has love, laughter, tears, emotions, songs, dances, dialouges, (basically a GREAT story/direction)...So GO for it DEFINATELY."