Hum Aapke Hain Kaun

Director : Sooraj Barjatiya
*ing : Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Anupam Kher, Alok Nath, Reema Lagoo
Music : Raam Laxman


Reviewed by Avinash Ramchandani
avinash@indolink.com


Rating : (out of )


Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, the biggest hit of 1994 and the 52 week runner, was one of the best movies of 1994. During the time that this movie was released, many movies has a plot filled with violence. This movie changed it all. Since then we have had movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Akele Hum Akele Tum which have continued the trend towards non-violent love stories. Although Akele Hum Akele Tum was a flop, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has done wonderful business and is almost matching the standard that Hum Aapke Hain Kaun set a year ago.

The movie has little or no plot till three quarters through the movie. The typical love story occurs between Prem (Salman Khan) and Nisha (Madhuri Dixit). During Prem's brother's and Nisha's sister's marriage they slowly fall in love. The careful and delicate direction of every moment of their falling in love (and the great songs, of course) takes care of the first half of the movie. The second half is boring in places, but is still excellent in direction. After Pooja, Nisha's sister dies, Nisha is to wed Prem's brother, Rajesh, because their child feels similarly with Nisha as with Pooja . At their wedding ceremony, Rajesh finds a note that Nisha sends to Prem through a dog (remember the pigeon in Maine Pyar Kiya?) and tells Prem to marry Nisha. And that is the story. No bloodshed, no violence, no gory, no lafra, no nada! Just a simple, well directed entertaining story with excellent songs by Ram Laxman.

The choreography is outstanding, especially of "Joote Dedo Paise Le Lo", "Chocolate Lime Juice", and "Wah Wah Raamji". Direction is superb. Madhuri is at her best and Salman is at his best. This movie is done perfectly as an entertainer throughout.


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