Hindi Movie Review: Hum Tum

Hum Tum is a movie starring Rani Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan, Rishi Kapoor, and Rati Agnihotri. Its a simple easy going movie, a “desi-fied” version of Harry met Sally.  In short, boy meets girl, then they go their own way, then they meet again — but girl gets married to another guy (Abhishek Bacchan) — then they meet again, then fall in love after a little bit of nakra/sento from the girl, and finally come together after some melodrama,  throw in a side story of separated parents of the hero coming together in the end, a bunch of songs, scenes from “faarin” locations and there you have Hum Tum.  Oh, oh…before I forget the director Kunal kohli does throw in some cartoon characters who are supposedly a parallel to the main story. The cartoons by itself are very cool, but is something the movie could have done without. Maybe, his next film will be a cartoon film!

There are a few holes in the script which could have better handled. Rishi Kapoor apparently went to US for a 6-month work assignment and both he and his wife, Rati, simply never bothered to call each other and hence drifted apart! After 15+ years he decided that she was the best and greatest and walked back into her arms—hello?? some common sense please! notherr crazy bit of the script causes Saif Ali Khan’s character to share the gori details of this entire story in front of the press when he is releasing his book!


A couple of songs are catchy. Saif gets a good break in a role that was otherwise tailor-made for Shah Rukh Khan.  Rani Mukherjee handles the role with ease. Rati Agnihotri looks like product from the Hema Malini school of physical maintainence. Rishi with his fast expanding waistline  is threatening to join the rest of the Kapoor clan. (He appears to have false teeth at the top!).  Abhishek Bacchan in his two minute role appeared visibly relaxed and hence did a better job than he does in most of his other films!
Overall if you are in the mood for a light film, a mushy film, or a time pass film, Hum Tum is a safe bet.



Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

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