Prem Ke Movie
Inderjeet Films Combine's DHAAI AKSHAR PREM KE,
directed by Raj Kanwar, is inspired by the Keanu
Reeves flick A WALK IN THE CLOUDS. Karan (Abhishek
Bachchan) is an army officer who is in love with
Nisha (Sonali Bendre).
While returning from his vacation, Karan meets
Sahibaan (Aishwarya Rai), who is in trouble.
Karan promises to help her and accompanies
Sahibaan to her house. There he meets Sahibaan's
family, which is the epitome of an ideal, happy
family that knows and speaks only one language –
the language of love.
There is Biji (Sushma Seth), the ever-smiling
grandma; Yagvendra Grewal (Amrish Puri),
Sahibaan's dad – a hard man with a soft heart;
Simran (Tanvi Azmi), Sahibaan's chachi who is
also her best friend; Raunak (Anupam Kher), the
The family mistakes him to be her husband and
the two get entangled in a web. In this game of
deception, Karan and Sahibaan end up getting
attracted to each other, an attraction which
finally takes the shape of true love. But there
are obstacles in the path of the lovers…
On face-value, DHAAI AKSHAR PREM KE has all it
takes to appeal to the cinegoers – an attractive
and talented star cast, accomplished director,
proficient music composers and an expert
technical team. Worthy names do contribute in
making a worthy product, but in this case, they
The basic fault lies with the script of the film
that bears semblance to the recently released
KUNWARA. However, a few sequences are also
borrowed from several other films, like HUM
AAPKE HAIN KOUN (family portions), DILWALE
DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE, HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM and
of course, TITANIC (Abhishek saving Ash from
committing suicide has been lifted from here!).
In a nutshell, the film lacks in originality,
which is its biggest drawback.
The ever-dependable Raj Kanwar is not in form
this time. As a director, he has handled a few
individual sequences with aplomb, but as the
writer of the film, he comes up with a mishmash
product that is predictable, slow-paced and
monotonous… and which gets tedious after a point
The film moves at a snail's pace and the essence
of the love story gets diluted in the bargain.
Another factor that goes against the film is its
music (Jatin-Lalit). The songs disappoint.
Majorly. Jatin-Lalit seem to have run out of
ideas and melodies, for the songs are anything
Although the film boasts of two decent numbers –
'Mera Mahi Bada Sona Hai' and 'O Mere Rabba Dil
Kyoon Banaya' – the latter comes in the
pre-climax when the audience has already got
restless and wants an end to the love story.
Though the song is visually appealing, it does
the job of a speed breaker, dropping the pace
The climax seems like a total compromise from
the script point of view. The ending is bland
and the villains' (Dalip Tahil and model Inder
Sudan) angle looks forced in the goings-on. The
action that follows was just not required, but
has been forced as a commercial ingredient.
As a director, Raj Kanwar fails to excite the
viewer after a point. The romantic sequences
leave a lot to be desired, while the emotional
ones fall flat. In fact, he has tried to package
the old formula in a new bottle but,
unfortunately, the effect is far from
Abhishek Bachchan is better in his third
attempt, although he needs to loosen up even
more. He ought to change his wardrobe/designer
and make-up and needs to concentrate on his
dialogue delivery. Yet, there are a few
sequences where he proves his mettle as a
Aishwarya Rai looks gorgeous, like always, and
excels in a role that demanded histrionics. The
role seems tailor-made for her, that impactful
is she. Amongst the hordes of character
artistes, only Amrish Puri, Sushma Seth and
Tanvi Azmi stand out.
An artiste of the calibre of Anupam Kher
deserved a better role, although he leaves an
impact in the confrontation scene with Amrish
Puri. Shakti Kapoor has been wasted. The
remaining artistes don't even get a line to
Salman Khan has an insignificant role and has
also been wasted. It's really surprising that he
chose to be seen in such an insignificant role,
which could've been enacted by any junior
artiste. Sonali Bendre, also in a special
appearance, is just about average.
Ishwar Bidri's cinematography is amazing. The
outdoor locales are a visual treat. Dialogues (Jainendra
Jain) are a highlight. The background score (Naresh
Sharma) is appropriate.
On the whole, DHAAI AKSHAR PREM KE lacks a
cohesive script and hit music to compliment this
love story. Unfortunately, the film has not
opened to an encouraging response and keeping
the weak aspects in mind, will find the going
tough at the box-office.