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|Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon|
NTSC Format, Dolby Digital 5.1, 176 Minutes, Hindi w/English Subtitles
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (My love till the end of time)
E. P. Simmons | Texas | 09/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the things the Hindi film industry is learning as they market their product to a western audience is that the titles are often too long. This film was obviously made before that conclusion was drawn. The title is an interesting play on words, however, since Prem is not only the name of the two male leads, but also a 1960's word for "love". This movie is basically about a love triangle. However, like most Bollywood films, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon offers its own take on the familiar story line. The underlying theme of this movie is sacrifice - not only for the person you are in love with, but for your family and friends as well.
Kareena Kapoor plays Sanjana, a sweet tempered but rather feisty young girl who is determined to marry for love, no matter what other plans her mother may have in mind. So, when her mother arranges for a rich young businessman named Prem Kapur to come and stay with them and check out their daughter as a potential wife in the process, Sanjana is determined not to cooperate. The trouble is, the man they bring home from the airport is played by hunky Hindi heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, and before Sanjana can say "Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai" he's managed to melt her heart (along with the hearts of her father, her servants, her four best friends, her dog, her cartoon parrot, and at least half of the audience). Sanjana's mother is thrilled until she learns that the man her daughter has fallen for is not Prem Kapur, the owner of the muti-million dollar company, but his business manager and best friend, Prem Kishen, who was sent ahead when Prem Kapur was detained. By this time it's too late and Sanjana is hopelessly in love. While her father supports Snjana's love, her mother shows just how mean-spirited a greedy woman can be.
I do not necessarily recommend this film for your first Bollywood experience, but for those of us who are initiated and accustomed to the inherent silliness and sometimes over-the-top acting in Hindi films, this is a great watch. The scenic photography is breathtaking and the songs are some of the best I've ever heard in a Bollywood film. Kareena Kapoor is lovely and, while as an actor she may not possess the wide range of Hrithik Roshan, she is very likable and believable in her role. By the way, when it comes to Hrithik Roshan, forget about the Adonis body and archangel face. It's the hypnotic innocence in his devilish green eyes that gets you every time.
If you are new to Bollywood, I recommend "Krrish" or "Dhoom 2". After you're hooked, come back and check this one out."
Nice little romantic triangle movie with watchable stars
Lyn | Melbourne Australia | 01/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We have girl (Kareena Kapoor)finishing college vowing not to sell out to marriage and only seeing negatives for women in it. She is going to choose for herself.
Her sister sets up a potential proposal with a guy Prem (unbeknown to her). A different Prem (Hrithik Roshan) comes along. The parents encourage the marriage thinking he is the other one. They fall for each other.
Then the expected Prem (Abhishek Bachchan), the first Prem's best friend and boss, turns up expecting to look over a potential wife.
The girl doesn't know about the setup or the mix-up and treats him well as Prem #1's best friend. She has more in common with Prem #2 but has formerly fallen for Prem #1.
No more spoilers -when all is discovered who will she go for...? So we have the usual Bollywood mixups and complications.
The actors are good to spend time with. Hrithiks character is a bit over the top - doing Krrish-style naive innocent with a love of life. Abhishek does believably shy and Kareena is her usual bubbly or distraught self. However I like them enough to excuse the excesses and appreciate more time with them.
In some 'rush of blood to the head' moment, someone decided a bit of comedy here and there would be fun. Fortunately mostly we have a movie of straight romance. However be ready to be irritated by an animated parrot and a little cocker spaniel morphing into a cartoon dog on some occasions (what were they thinking?????????) Also they could have done with out the requisite characature comedic figure. This time it is an extremely rotund, half-blind man staggering in wrong directions and mistaking people. The Indians seem to like this stuff but it doesn work for me and seems out of place here.
The music is OK but except for one song not particularly memorable and the dancing sparse. So Hrithik doesn't get let off the leash to strut his stuff- though he does get his shirt off a few times so the camera can take in those rippling muscles!
This is overall a nice light-weight offering in the romance genre. It may not be the best Bollywood but OK to spend time with - particularly if you like a bit of romance or these actors."