Haan Maine Bhi
Pyaar Kiya Hai Movie
Shree Krishna International's HAAN… MAINE BHI
PYAAR KIYA, written-directed by Dharmesh Darshan,
is the story of Pooja Kashyap (Karisma Kapoor),
Shiv Kapoor (Abhishek Bachchan) and Raj Malhotra
Pooja is bright and beautiful and strives to be
the best. But she's also a romantic and an
idealist who is willing and ready to give up her
exciting career for the sake of true love. But
she forgets that there is a very thin line
between ardent love and obsession.
Shiv is equally ambitious and competitive, but
he's also a cool and laid-back sort of guy who
takes life as it comes. Little does he realise
that one moment of thoughtless passion will
destroy all that is most precious to him and
change his life forever.
Raj has the world at his feet. He has money,
fame, adulation. The only thing lacking in his
life is love and stability. He seeks love that
is tender and pure. And he is sure that one day
he will get it.
Pooja, Shiv and Raj. Three individuals thrown
together by destiny to play the fascinating game
of love in an arena full of emotional turmoil
Director Dharmesh Darshan has an impressive
track record – LOOTERE, RAJA HINDUSTANI, DHADKAN
– but he seems to have gone completely haywire
in his latest endeavour HAAN… MAINE BHI PYAAR
The fault lies in two aspects and both concern
Dharmesh. One, the story abounds in predictable
moments and two, the treatment is absolutely
Let's begin with the loopholes in the script.
The first half of the film is bland, with no
exciting moments in the narrative. The story
moves on the tried-and-tested path and relies
too heavily on sequences that have been
witnessed time and again. Actually, the Abhishek
– Karisma love story in the first half lacks
passion, mainly because of the oft-repeated
The two twists in the first half come in the
form of (i) when Abhishek gets stranded on a
giant wheel due to power failure and returns
home the next morning and (ii) when he is forced
to spend a night with Simone Singh due to a
Sequences such as these reflect on the poor
thinking of the screenplay writers of the
project, for the rift between Abhishek and
Karisma seems straight out of a 1980 flick, the
Jeetendra – Rekha starrer EK HI BHOOL. To be
honest, there is hardly any sequence in the
first half that leaves an indelible impression
on the viewer.
One expects the story to gain momentum in the
second half, when Akshay Kumar enters the scene.
But in this half as well, the screenplay abounds
in clich?moments and the romance between Akshay
and Karisma looks half-baked.
The narrative does gather momentum when Akshay
and Karisma visit Naini Hills and Abhishek
re-emerges on the scene. But barring a scene or
two, the impact in the latter reels is missing.
The climax also leaves much to be desired.
Directorially, Dharmesh Darshan had innumerable
textbooks to refer to – from SANGAM to SAAJAN –
films that tackled the love triangle issue with
aplomb, but it is difficult to digest the fact
that Dharmesh has come up with a tasteless fare,
which offers no novelty whatsoever. The dramatic
scenes are just about okay and the emotional
ones fall flat. The light moments (Kader Khan –
Himani Shivpuri – Shakti Kapoor – Dolly Bindra)
hardly evoke mirth.
Nadeem-Shravan's music is the only redeeming
feature of this enterprise. The songs are
tuneful and seeped in melody. The title track is
the best of the lot, while 'Zindagi Ko Bina
Pyaar Koi Kaise Guzare' comes a close second.
The picturisations, however, are ordinary.
W.B. Rao's cinematography is good in parts. The
Swiss locales are superb, but the lighting is
just about okay in a few scenes. Dialogues are
nice at places.
Karisma Kapoor tries her best to salvage the
show with a sincere performance and she does
succeed in elevating a couple of scenes.
However, she tends to get loud at a couple of
places, especially in the courtroom sequence
when she asks for a divorce. Akshay Kumar is
just about okay, while Abhishek Bachchan needs
to work on his expressions.
Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor and Himani Shivpuri,
as Akshay's staff, go completely overboard.
Mohnish Bahl is so-so.
On the whole, HAAN… MAINE BHI PYAAR KIYA has
nothing new to offer to the viewer, barring an
exciting star cast. But without the backing of a
cohesive script, the best of stars pale into
insignificance. And that's precisely why HAAN…
MAINE BHI PYAAR KIYA will find the going very
tough. Below average.