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Ultimate Bollywood » Movie Reviews » 2002
Tumko Na Bhool Payenge
Director: Pankuj Parashar
Starring: Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Diya Mirza, and Inder Kumar
Released: February 22, 2002

Tumko Na Bhool Payenge

Salman Khan's 'Tumko Na Bhool Payenge', partly inspired by the Hollywood thriller 'The Long Kiss Goodnight', revolves around Vir (Salman), a man who seems to have it all...loving parents and a doting fiancé Muskaan (Diya). However, life is not at all perfect for Vir, as he begins to have what are suspected to be strange hallucinations, hallucinations consisting of him being chased by armed men, and of an attempted assassination on the country's Chief Minister, among others; with no clue whatsoever as to what these hallucinations might mean, Vir tries to go on with his life...until one day his world is shattered as he learns the truth behind the images he sees, catapulting him into the center of an unsolved mystery, a mystery to which only he holds the key...so what is the mystery? What sort of connection does it hold to Vir? What is the truth behind his hallucinations, and where does Sushmita fit into the picture? To find out the answers, "expect the unexpected" in 'Tumko Na Bhool Payenge'...

Performances are mainly first rate...Salman Khan has once again proved to the audience that he can indeed enact intricate and serious roles, and has handed in a fine performance as the confused protagonist of film. He also looks great and shows that Hrithik Roshan isn't the only one who can dance in Bollywood. Diya Mirza is decent. Though not necessarily a natural born actress, she seems to improve by each film. Her dialogue delivery still needs vast improvement, but other than that she's almost there. She definitely looks stunning, and though there isn't much scope for her to act in this one, she can go places...she just has to be given that one role to show off her acting capabilities, which we did take note of in her previous release 'Deewaanapan'. Sushmita Sen is excellent, as always. Definitely one of the Industry's most talented yet underrated actresses, she literally becomes her character Mehak and delivers the goods. It's amazing to watch her on-screen, seeing as that even though her role isn't particularly lengthy, Sushmita appears more inspired than ever, sometimes making you wonder where on earth the inspiration is coming from in the first place. Inder Kumar lends able support. He shows growth as an actor as compared to his last few films, and with some work needed on his facial expressions at times, he otherwise appears confident. The supporting cast is nothing to boast of, and one wishes they had cut Johnny Lever's role from the film. In fact, his presence is what brings the film crashing down in the first half, with unwanted and overdone comedy coming at the worst of times. Had the first half been handled in more of a deft manner and the pace picked up sooner, the film would be a whole lot better.

The music adds to the plus points of the film. Almost all the songs leave some sort of impact on the viewer, be it the romantic ditty 'Kya Hua Tujhe' or the fast-paced 'Kyon Khanke Teri Choodi'. You'll find yourself humming 'Bindiya Chamke' nearly all day long, while 'Mehndi Hai Lagi Mere Haathon Mein' is sure to make its respective rounds in this year's weddings. Excellent instrumentation and Sonu Nigam's praise-worthy singing support 'Yeh Bekhudi Deewangi', while even 'Mubarak Eid Mubarak' turns out to be quite the addicting tune. All in all, the album too is certainly for keeps.

A slickly-made thriller with some edge-of-your- seat moments, TNBP definitely a new and fresh offering to the Hindi film Industry, especially where age-old plots in films such as 'Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage', 'Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai', and 'Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai' never cease to exist. Though the film is definitely not without its flaws, it is still a worthy and entertaining effort, and it is a shame that certain areas of the media chose to purposely run the film down, simply because of their ill feelings towards Salman. It's no secret that bad publicity was one of the main reasons why TNBP didn't work at the box office, due to the media's pre-release reports going against the film and publicizing it as a waste of the audience's time. Even though the film may not be the 'best' film, a) hardly any film really is and b) it is still worth a view for its thrilling plot, noteworthy performances, and melodious music. If not for the film itself, then go out and see 'Tumko Na Bhool Payenge' for a job well done by Salman for conceiving an interesting idea that turned out to be quite a well-executed film.

4 out of 5 bindis - Its pretty good

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