This one is for Himesh Reshammiya fans only
By MovieTalkies.com, 02 July 2007
Aap Ka Suroor is truly Himesh Reshammiya's gift to his fans. There is Himesh Reshammiya in almost every frame and the film is stuffed with his songs. Of course, there is a curiosity value attached to the film, which makes for some more reasons to watch it as well. So, yes, for fans of Reshammiya, it is a veritable treat. For those not belonging to that category, let's just say, do not expect a masterpiece.
The film is about a well-known singer called HR (that's Himesh Reshammiya), who is in Germany on a tour. While on tour, HR meets the event manager played by Darshan Jariwala and his partner Ruby (Mallika Sherawat). He also meets and falls in love with the event planner Ria (Hansika Motwani). It is mutual and after some reservations, the father of the bride (Sachin Khedekar) agrees to the match. Meanwhile, a dead body of a TV journalist, called Nadia Merchant is discovered and HR is arrested on murder charges. HR asks Ruby, who is also a lawyer, to bail him out. But Ruby is a woman scorned. HR had spurned her advances. So HR takes matters into his own hands and escapes from prison in a bid to prove his innocence. He takes as hostage the murdered girl's father, played by Raj Babbar. He has to prove his innocence within 24 hours or else his Ria will be married off to someone else. And then the film goes ballistic, as a chain of events unfold at a frenetic pace.
The good thing about the film is probably Reshammiya's courage and self-belief. This man has worn many caps in his career. A one-time television producer to a composer-singer and now an actor! It is an act of great courage and calls for an immense amount of self-belief. But having said that, one has to also say that acting probably isn't Reshammiya's forte. He is wooden for most part of the film. He hasn't got his acting grammar right here. Hansika Motwani, the leading lady, a very talented child artiste once upon a time, is promising in the little bit that she has to do in the film. In fact, the more interesting role belongs to Mallika. She plays the vamp with élan.
However, the much awaited, much-hyped Mehbooba number, taken from Sholay, is such a letdown. One wonders why the director resorted to such gimmicks. All said and done, Mallika is unable to match Helen, step-for-step, or in the oomp department. And Reshammiya is surely no match for the great RD Burman. To even suggest as much would be sacrilegious. The original stands way ahead. The worst thing about it is the fact that it really has no place in the film unlike the original, which is a part of the narrative.
The film is, as expected, stuffed with Reshammiya's numbers. But the music is a bit of a letdown. There is quantity here but quality languishes. The numbers are passable. We have heard better from him. Some of the fairly decent numbers are Aasalam Walekum, and Jhoot Nahin Bolna. The last has a lot of the 70s-80s music feel to it and is easily the most pleasing to the ears.
Aap Ka Suroor is letdown not by its actors, but by the screenplay. It is flaccid, and oh-so predictable. The film is full of clichés. There is no attempt made to deviate from the tried and tested. And it's a bad copy of the 'formula' as well. To top it, the screenplay defies logic at times. Director Prashant Chadha needs to get his script right. Hindi films do call for a certain amount of suspension of disbelief. That goes for most fictional work, actually. But one at least expects the film to be true to its intent, which this one isn't.
Aap Ka Suroor is about Himesh Reshammiya. But leaving aside the curiosity factor related to him, there is really nothing much to look forward to.