The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan and Manisha Koirala in the lead roles. Set on a huge canvas and shot across three continents, America, Europe and Asia, with four different countries as the story’s backdrop, with New York, Budapest, Austria, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Mumbai as the key locations, the film boasts of lavish settings and locales, expensive sets. (source) Also check out the film’s official website for more on the story.
Come with me for a quick review of what I enjoyed from the film. Fancy NRI New York City based businessman Sharvan Dhariwal (Sanjay Dutt) meets Varsha (Manisha Koirala) and they enjoy a balloon filled party.
The film has some huge dance numbers, like Kuch Kar Lo with playback singer Sonu Nigam
Varsha finds Mr. Shravan Dhariwal much too arrogant for her traditional Indian ways and he takes things too far at a fancy balloon filled New Year’s party.
Varsha warns him, and then winds up for a tight slap to the face.
Look at the aftermath of the slap: one sad bollywood balloon, Sanjay, I mean Mr. Shravan Dhariwal, left alone with his feelings of regret, a cigarette, and a half empty bottle of Johnny Walker, black label, since he is a business tycoon afterall. Even business tycoons have it bad sometimes. I almost feel sorry for him, dekh:
Don’t feel too sorry for him because he’s got an evil plan brewing. While sitting there he decides he will win over this Varsha woman in order to take his revenge. He now has a vendetta! He begins to formulate his nefarious plan the next day on his yacht, complete with the requisite blond gori extra (to represent low moral values, hai na?), a bottle of Johnny Walker, and a phone that reveals that even thought the film was released in 2008, this scene must have been shot in 1999. ( Addition to this post: It should be noted that along with the Johnny Walker, Samir the oenophile was able to identify Champagne, wine, orange juice, Perrier and Heineken in front of the gori. Perhaps this is used to emphasis the evil decadence of America and what it can do to an innocent NRI tycoon-industrialist-hotelier-investor.)
Evidently Mr. Shravan Dhariwal ki plan works because he gets Varsha Merha all dancey, wiggley, and happy here in the Tu Meri Mehbooba number with playback singer Udit Narayan:
Spoiler alert: Varsha Mehra does what is normally done after making the 7 nuptial rounds, if you know what I mean. Mr. Shravan Dhariwal tricked her into a night of love all because of that slap he suffered from Varsha at the party, and then on top of all that HE goes on to slap HER! As we say here in the USA, payback is a mother%$#@&*!
Well you can’t just slap Sanjay Mr. Shravan Dhariwal at a lavish, balloon filled party in front of hundreds of his peers without some payback! In case those stills weren’t enough, take a look at what happens!
Like lots of girls do, Varsha heads over to Budapest with her broken dil. She’s de-flowered afterall, so devalued in her own mind, but she meets a nice fellow, Karan (Ajay Devgan) who understands and loves her tarnished image.
Karan wants to take Varsha home to India to introduce her to his family so they can get married. Karan arrives to India before her and his brother also returns to India from New York and is delighted to see him. Karan spends a lot of time with Shravan. They party with dancing girls and drink Johnny Walker.
And they spend more time drinking Johnny Walker.
They even hang out in the hot tub together which some might find a bit homoerotic, but they’re brothers, you know how brothers take hot bubble baths together, right? They take baths together and caress each others faces, right?
Despite all these good times, Karan notices that Shravan is very melancholy and spends lots of time playing the piano and drinking Johnny Walker.
Varsha arrives and she soon finds Karan’s rich, bahut rich, but little does she know he’s got a brother who is that same man who she had the intimate encounter with in New York. In fact, she never even catches a glimpse of him until her marriage to Karan is already taking place.
Karan does eventually figure it all out and goes pagal and swings from a chandelier, did you know about THAT chandelier Shweta?
How does Mehbooba end? Does Varsha marry Karan? Or does she marry his brother, Mr. Shravan Dhariwal? You know I can’t even remember since it’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, so even if I wanted to tell you I couldn’t. I do recall that they didn’t even ask Varsha what she wanted and I’m not sure that she should choose either if they didn’t even check with her. As usual, please let me know what you thought of this film, I’d love to hear from you.