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Ultimate Bollywood » Movie Reviews » 1999
Hum Saath Saath Hain
Director: Sooraj Barjatya
Starring: Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan
Released: November 5, 1999

Hum Saath Saath Hain

The much anticipated "Hum Saath Saath Hain" has arrived and people are rushing into the theatres to see it. A movie like this has a lot to live up to. Produced by the same people (Rajshri Productions) that brought us the successful and delightful "Hum Aapke Hain Koun" (HAHK) and "Maine Pyar Kya" (MPK). Leaving us with a taste for more family gatherings and the closeness and frankness amoung the characters. The thurst is over. NOt that this is another remake of 'HAHK'. Although there are comparable similarities, not to mention references of songs from the actual movie which never fails to delight any audience. Fortunately it 'has' lived up to all the hype. Much of the same family oritented themes surface. The Plot: very simple. The three brothers from the oldest to youngest Vivek (Mohnish Bahl), Prem (Salman Khan), and Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) are paired right at the beginning with Sadhana (Tabu), Preeti (Sonali Bendre), and Sapna (Karishma Kapoor) respectively. Neelam also appears in the film as their younger sister and portrays herself as a compassionate, caring and sweet sister. There is a strong family unit among the parents and children.

There are obvious strong family ties that hold everyone together. Although the beginning seems very calm and content and everyone is 'happy happy' to quote myself, the first song after the intro "Yai tho such hai kai bhagwan hai" reveals much more about the family unit and how Vivek (Monish Bahl) who you have also seen in HAHK and MPK, has a medical problem. The quiet reserved mature brother has a problem with his right hand, it constantly shakes and he always tries his best to keep it out of sight. This adds much to the sympathy towards his character. And this song is arguably the best one in the film, along with "Mhare Hiwada Mein Nache Mor". The first two hours of the film are light-hearted and peaceful but in the third hour theres a sudden turn of events over "who" to leave the family business to and this causes much tension and sadness amoung the family members which seperates the closeness that they have come to share. However, the movie does inevitably end on a happy note. As for the characters themeselves, Salman Khan takes a departure from his silly immature character roles and portrays a more responsible, mature, and quiet character which suits him refreshingly in the film. Sonali Bendre is also refreshing to see as the shy, sweet, caring larki, far different from her many roles in the past, which have clung on the edge of 'vulgar'.

Tabu as always is graceful in all her roles as she is here and comes off as classy, although most ppl would come off as classy with only a few lines in the film, Tabu needed to emerge as one of the stronger and defining characters of the movie but alas she wasn't given the opportunity. She could have made a valuable and entertaining contribution to the film if her character had been more outspoken. As for Karishma she is best suited to be perky and bouncy and as so, she is portrayed as such here. Saif Ali Khan practically steals many of the scenes with his youthful masti appeal and the engergy he puts into his role reflects in his character. He pulls off his goofy and sweet lovable character very well. The songs as well as the dance sequences are entertaining to watch and listen to. Except for the song "A,B,C,D,E,F,(Guess the rest)...I love you." And also, Salman Khan has somehow 'Miraculously' been able to take his shirt off in this film. For the FIRST time EVER. And the various slight screams and 'wows' followed amongst the crowd. One feature that really does stand out in the film are the beautifull shiny costumes which add just enough glitter for one Indian film to keep everyone's eyes fixed. But if you 'must' compare the two movies Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain...Hum Aapke Hain Koun would come out as the most rememberable of the two. I think this is because HAHK focused on one relationship and thus there was greater unity portrayed in the film and the conflicts that arose gave it much more substance. And since there were three relationships that were focused on in Hum Saath Saath Hain, it might have contributed to the driving force of the script. However, the movie does its job of portraying the same lovable characters as in "HAHK" and creates the same family and friendly atmosphere. Although it may seem that the events in the movie move a little slow, in reality things move much slower. Overall, its definitely worth a watch. You'll have your share of crying and laughing. As you did in 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun'.

1 out of 5 bindis - Its pretty Bad

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