[Assam] [assam] Five Centuries of Love:That's A Lot of Past Lives
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Sun May 13 02:10:21 IST 2012
New Work Times (May 12, 2012)
Forget “till death do us part.” In the Bollywood romance “Dangerous
Ishhq” love transcends bodies and conquers time. After a knock on the
head and some past-life regression therapy, the long-suffering heroine,
Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor), learns just how long she’s been suffering:
about 500 years.
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Karisma Kapoor in the romance "Dangerous Ishhq."
The plot loops back into Sanjana’s past lives, which include stops
during the partition of India in 1947, a Mughal succession in 1658, and
even earlier, when Sanjana’s transmigrating love story started in a
flurry of boons and curses. It was then that her soul was bound in
perpetuity to that of another (Rajniesh Duggall, a Mr. India turned
actor), and also to that of a nemesis whose violent schemes have grown
more elaborate through the ages. In the present-day story he has
kidnapped Mr. Duggall’s character and, inevitably, wired him with
explosives and strapped him to a chair.
“Dangerous Ishhq” (“Dangerous Love”), directed by Vikram Bhatt, is
meant as a comeback vehicle for the green-eyed Ms. Kapoor (Kareena
Kapoor’s sister), whose big films were in the late 1990s and early
2000s, and whose appearances have been rare lately. But “Dangerous
Ishhq” itself feels out of time, beamed from a long-ago era of
preposterous plotting and cheesy effects.
This is the kind of movie where the villain plants his feet and bellows
at the heavens; things explode willy-nilly (watch out for the coffee
cup in your hand); and the only comic relief is of the unintended kind.
Ms. Kapoor and Mr. Duggall don’t have much chemistry, and the film is
too silly to have any emotional traction. In Hindi cinema, that’s
Opened on Friday nationwide.
Directed by Vikram Bhatt; action director, Abbas Ali Moghul; written by
Amin Hajee; director of photography, Pravin Bhatt; edited by Kuldip K.
Mehan; music by Himesh Reshammiya, score by Raju Singh; costumes by
Manish Malhotra; produced by Arun Rangachari; released by Reliance Big
Pictures. In Manhattan at the Big Manhattan, 239 East 59th Street. In
Hindi, with English subtitles. Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes. This
film is not rated.
WITH: Karisma Kapoor (Sanjana Seksena), Rajniesh Duggall (Rohan
Thakral), Divya Dutta (Dr. Neeta) and Jimmy Shergil (ACP Singh).
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