Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002)
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Amisha Patel
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Music Director: Rajesh Roshan
Nutshell: dreadful piece of romantic rubbish has no redeeming features
Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002) is Hritik Roshan’s first solo release after Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and proves to be an unmitigated disaster. Amisha Patel has stated that “aap mujhe..” will prove to be the biggest hit of the year but its more likely that it is going to be touted as the biggest shite of the year. It defies logic that a director like Vikram Bhatt can make a film like Raaz and at the same time, come a cropper with this cliched rubbish.
Rohit (Hrithik) is a college going student who happens to chance upon a gangland attack on Sapna (Amisha Patel)’s car. Living in a guilded cage, the daughter of a underworld don Dholakiya( Kiran Kumar), she has no life or choices of her own. She is under house arrest simply because she was born into this family. Saving her from these gun-toting goons, our hero naturally falls in love with her and manages to weedle his way into a band that is to play at Dholakiya’s house for the nine days of Navratri. Love blossomms in those nine days although one finds it difficult to imagine how the lovebirds actually find the opportunity to escape from all the goings on and find time for sweet nothings away from the maddening crown. Song after song to accentuate the already overdone dancing skills of our hero tire the audience into hoping that real drama will take over at some point but it fails to happen. Engaged to be wed to a childhood friend’s gormless son, Sapna escapes with Rohit to his boys hostel where she now lives in happy oblivion to the destruction that will be unleashed shortly into her life. “We wish you a happy life” is sung by the college in tandem whilst the lovebirds jiggle to yet another hideous song before Dholakiya and his gang arrive at the college to ostensibly give in to the lovebirds desires for “a happy life”. But the path of love does not run smooth and Dholakiya has other plans for Rohit.
Having brought his daughter home, he decides to pummel Rohit into the ground in some of the most violent and unnecessary scenes in modern film. Will Rohit rise like a phoenix and save his lady love, spewing blood as a result of a suicide attempt. Will it end like a modern day Romeo and Juliet? Suffice to say that there are no surprises here and the film creaks to a cliched and fitting finale to the relief of all concerned.
Vikram Bhatt, the director of the moment with Raaz, comes up with a loosely directed and ramshackle vehicle that does not even get past first gear. There is not a hint of charm or even the flicker of true romance in the film. Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage plods along with the help of third rate songs or situations which could easily have been borrowed from another film. In fact, it almost looks like this film is a bastardisation of Kaho na pyaar hai, of what it would have been like had the film been botched by another director, down from the “hawaaon main..” song to the naming of our hero.
Hrithik Roshan is wasted and one almost tires of seeing him in this kind of role. Introduction through a silly football sequence, bulging muscles, tight shorts, looking older than any of the rest of his side and almost twice the width, other members running around with their puny physiques, possibly to accentuate our hero’s great physique. Nothing much follows which allows him scope to perform except to go with the flow of stale and tired story. Amisha Patel looks like she is in a constant state of epilepsy and apart from the fact that she is quite a charmless person offscreen, she has not perfected the art of trying to show otherwise on screen. Hers is a pretty insipid performance. Others dont even deserve a mention. Rajesh Roshan’s music is poor. This is a film which has little or no redeeming features…an unmitigated disaster for all concerned.