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<i>Mera Dil Leke Dekkho</i> - Movie Review

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By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Monday, October 09, 2006
Comedy is the flavor of the season. And Punam S. Sinha, wife of actor Shatrughan Sinha, opts for this genre in her film production debut. Mera Dil Leke Dekkho is not the David Dhawan brand of comedy. It's a comedy of errors, where almost every character accuses the other of being gay.

The wife [Archana Puransingh] thinks her husband [Jackie Shroff] is a bisexual. She also thinks her son [Punit Tejwani] is gay, having an affair with his best friend [Carran Kapoor]. Punit's girlfriend [Koel Purie] also thinks he's gay for the same reason. Jackie's mistress also accuses him [Jackie] of having a relationship with his son's friend [Carran]. And wonder of wonders, Koel falls in love with a guy she thinks is straight [Premjit Singh], but is actually gay. Whew!

Something like this hasn't been witnessed on the Hindi screen before and debutante director Rohit Kaushik and writer Nandita C. Puri create situations that are funny at times, but flippant and ridiculous in parts.

Clearly targeted at the yuppie crowd, Mera Dil Leke Dekkho is a time pass flick with a few funny moments, but not enough to leave a lasting impression.

Archie [Koel Purie] and Rahul [Punit Tejwani] meet in London and its love at first sight for Koel. However, Rohit's intentions are clear: He wants to have a good time with her. Archie flies to Mumbai, hoping to get married to him.

Rohit hides Archie in his room, away from the prying eyes of his parents [Jackie Shroff, Archana Puransingh], who are constantly arguing and fighting with each other. Rahul's three friends [Joy: Carran Kapoor, Vinay: Neil Bhoopalam and Rocky: Premjit Singh] create a series of misunderstandings that only adds to the chaos.

Mera Dil Leke Dekkho is interesting in parts. There are times when you do laugh at the situations, even though most jokes are juvenile. Koel's sequences with her parents [Jaspal and Savita Bhatti] or Archana suspecting her husband and son of being gay do raise a chuckle.

But the effort to make people laugh shows at places. The pre-climax portions, when the entire cast tries to clear the misconception[s], could've been concise. Also, Koel comes across as someone who's desperate for a groom. She looks for commitment [marriage] in every man, from Punit to Carran to Neil to Premjit, even though she barely knows them.

Rohit Kaushik's direction is okay at times, but the storyteller ought to know when to end a scene. He goes on and on in several scenes. Jatin-Lalit's music is ordinary, barring the title song, also because the visuals [London] supporting the track are striking. Cinematography [Rajesh Joshi] is appealing.

Mera Dil Leke Dekkho doesn't demand histrionics, but over the top performances. Punit Tejwani is a fine actor, but needs to work on his physique. Koel Purie is fantastic and her Punjabi lingo sounds very cute. Jackie Shroff is quite good as a philandering husband, while Archana Puransingh steals the show with her by-now-famous expressions. The three boys [Carran Kapoor, Neil Bhoopalam and Premjit Singh] enact their parts well. Jaspal and Savita Bhatti excel.

On the whole, Mera Dil Leke Dekkho is targeted at the youth, but lack of face-value coupled with low-key promotion will curtail its box-office prospects.



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