Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Esha Dol, Saif Ali Khan
Director: Ashok Sablok
Music: Rajesh Roshan
This one is about those innocent dreams when quite young.
Those afternoons of longing, those evenings of love
and a lot more. Those moments when a shy smile unwittingly
played on youthful lips, when arms crossed in public
you walked down looking nowhere. When your imagination
was your ally and you gave it a free hand.
Ah! She would be running under tall trees with her dupatta
falling from her shoulder, her anklets and bangles chiming
in rhythm! Ah! Her luminous eyes, her lustrous hair!
Love and the joy of the unseen! They often go hand in
hand in whimsical youth, unfettered by reason, unburdened
director Arjun Sablok's Na Tum Jaano Na Hum is about
that first crush, that first time when passion comes
calling, when one and only one matters. And in Esha
Deol he has a girl who is not quite a woman yet. Hence,
more at ease about doing things that defy reason, follow
the rhyme only of the heart. And Hrithik Roshan who
can make implausible appears not just possible but also
likely. With some able help from Saif Ali Khan, now
beginning to carve out a career as the proverbial scene-stealer.
have seen it in the past. And knowing Bollywood directors
we shall surely see it again. But this one is different.
And holds more substance than this clichéd expression
can convey. Here the boy loves the girl. The girl loves
the boy. But they never meet. Not for them the first
quarrel followed by the first kiss. They merely get
introduced through FM Radio - yes, a first of sorts
in Bollywood and get on to exchanging epistles through
a post box number.
here you see, they don't need to meet. And even cannot
meet. Post box is, after all, a fig leaf of privacy.
All is well until there appears; you guessed it, another
suitor for the girl. Parents arrange it all, you know.
And the little girl, who has not said goodbye to stuffed
toys, merry-go-round and slides, gathers to put her
foot down and say no. All this is of little avail as
our love-birds live cheek-by-jowl, share pleasant and
unpleasant moments translate it into songs in sylvan
environs and a skirmish later - even exchange mails,
yet do not know that the person who makes their heart
tug along, is actually just a heartbeat away.
Watch this one for a fair time-pass on a long, enervating
summer afternoon. You won't mind this flick base in
the real life love story of Arjun's parents. After all,
it comes packaged with some fine music, innovative camerawork
and competent performances.
Deol, who made a forgettable debut in Koi Mere Dil Se
Poochhe earlier this year, is a vast improvement. She
is more aware of the camera angles, hence looks better
in close-ups. She may not be in contention for the Best
Actress Award shortly but won't lose out much in comparison
to the average pot-boiler heroine. As
for Saif, well, he is playing it safe, re-enacting his
Casanova bit of Dil Chahta Hai. But he carries off the
act fairly well. As does Hrithik. His long lost looks,
his tongue-tied act will send many a heart aflutter
though in comic sequences he is second best to Saif.
It is not the film one would recommend to those who
want emotion as the edifice of a love triangle. It is
strictly designer romance with glycerine emotion expressed
in black costumes against the backdrop of either bright
walls or still silhouettes. Yet just sandpaper away
the gleam and glamour and you still have a fair film
on your hands.