Kash Aap Hamare Hote
Saturday, February 15, 2003 14:51 IST
By Santa Banta News Network

Kash...Aap Hamare Hote is the launching pad for Raj Babbar`s daughter Juhi Babbar. The film is produced by Nadira Babbar and directed by Ravinder Peepat. Amrita (Juhi Babbar) had lost her parents in a car crash when she was a child. But her father`s best friend, Yashwant Raj Mankotia (Om Puri), came as a saviour in the life of this orphaned girl and raised her as his own daughter.

When she reaches the marriageable age, Yashwant Raj gets her married to his son Randeep (Sharad Kapoor), much against the son`s wishes. Soon after the marriage, Amrita leaves her doting father and the shores of India with her husband. Once in the west, Amrita finds herself in an alien world, which is hostile and venomous to her.

Jay Kumar (Sonu Nigam) is an illegal Indian immigrant who works in a sawmill through the day and spends lonely evenings with his friends in neighbourhood pubs. One evening, when he drives back home, he finds this helpless Indian girl at his doorstep. More than happy to help a needy person, he welcomes her into his home. Slowly, he realises that Amrita occupies not only his house, but also a place in his heart. Impelled by his friends, Jay gathers courage to express his love to her. But is shattered when he comes to know that Amrita is already married. 

Not someone to shed a tear easily, Jay overcomes his anguish to make Amrita`s happiness his only goal in life. Trapped between an unpleasant past and an unsure future, Amrita finds herself at crossroads... Sonu Nigam is quite good but needs to loosen up in dramatic scenes. He dances well. Debutante Juhi Babbar is a fairly natural performer and looks okay. Sharad Kapoor is average. Om Puri is alright before interval but shines thereafter. Raj Babbar is endearing as a Sardar full of life. Saadhika leaves a mark as a vamp. Raavee Gupta does reasonably well. 

Both, Saadhika and Raavee exude oomph. Johny Lever is quite irritating. Vivek Shauq, Hanif Patni, Riyaz Ahmed and Prashant Tate, as Sonu`s friends, pass muster. Ravindra Peepat`s direction is smooth but does little to free the story of its dated feel. Song picturisations are a little above the average. Action scenes are functional. Camerawork (Manmohan Singh) captures the foreign locales beautifully. On the whole, Kash... Aap Hamare Hote has some emotions to touch the heart but that`s about all. Given the dull start, it would find the going tough.

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