Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001)
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar, Rinki Khanna, Amrish Puri
Director: Satish Kaushik
Music Director: Anu Malik
Nutshell: Introduces Jumpin’Jack Jeetu’s son Tusshar in a light romantic piffle
Tusshar, Jeetendra’s son makes his debut in MKKH, a film which is clearly a launch vehicle for him because he is there in almost every scene. A tall order for this short actor not least as its his first film.
Karan (Tusshar) is the layabout son of Dalip Tahil and Himani Shivpuri. He ostensibly attends college but does not appear to take anything very seriously. A few songs here and there establish the college crowd’s credentials as basically no gooders. 40 minutes into the film and there is still no sign of the heroine when one dark night, in the smoky distance, Puja (Kareena) steps out and lights a firework. There is momentary light in this film but the fireworks never quite ignite, literally. Smitten by this apparition in white, he instantly falls in love but has no idea where to find her or who she is. Their paths cross on several occasions and lo and behold, she finally ends up at his house as he saved her in a road accident. The problem is that this no-gooder is unable to tell her that he loves her. And she certainly shows no such inclination towards him. So we have dream songs and a message written in blood, which raises ire rather than passion in our heroine of today…and rightly so. No surprises really as to which way the film will end up even though the climax is one which will lead one to even more disappointment than what is felt through out the film.
MKKH is lavishly made candyfloss stuff…sweet on the exterior but gone in a puff. Nothing remains in memory except for a few songs well shot by Ahmed Khan on Kareena Kapoor. The film is low in charm and its got a prefab feel, all colours and locations but with little substance. Where is the romance, or the feeling? This is fairly innocuous and ineffectual stuff, not very demanding and easy on the eye. I accept that it doesn’t aspire to be any more than that but at the same time, leaves you with a feeling that it was more a 2 ½ hour MTV songs video than a film.
Kareena Kapoor is someone who brings to the film, a magical glow and at times you feel that here is an actress who has some of Kajol’s spark. She is effortless, and has a natural and spontaneous feel to her. This girl is headed right for the top, there is no stopping her. Compared to her, Rinki Khanna, as Karan’s sister is studied and theatrical.
The biggest disappointment has to be Tusshar, who neither has the looks, nor the personality or screen presence to carry this vehicle on his two weak shoulders. This pint sized hero also fails to impress in his performance and he really does need to work much harder if he is going to compete at all with the new kids on the block. He manages a neat dance here and there but that’s about it. As it is, he looks like a kid. What struck me was what good models the lead pair would be would be for a toothpaste ad!
Anu Malik’s music is an asset to the film, sadly not used properly, some of the songs are just inserted without reason. Still, this is a zippy score and does much to alleviate the boredom. Satish Kaushik makes a brave effort to make this a young and peppy love story but its story and script are so inept that proceedings become somewhat laboured and dull. He was more in control when he made melodramas like Hamara dil aap ke paas hai and ham aapke dil mein rehte hain. There is also little or no drama in the film. MKKH could have been an extract from the college scenes in Kuch Kuch hota hai which carried on incessantly, except that this film does not have Kuch Kuch’s charm, wit or humour