Producer: Yash Chopra
Director: Kunal Kohli
Music: Jatin Lalit
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Rishi Kapoor and Kiron Kher
Yash Raj Films` HumTum is a simple love story. The story line is inspired from the Hollywood flick `When Harry Met Sally` (1989; Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan) but the film is very entertaining and enjoyable. The film opens at the airport with the characters, Karan Kapoor (Saif Ali Khan) and Rhea Prakash (Rani Mukherjee), leaving for New York. Both Karan and Rhea are seated next to each other in the aircraft. Karan starts the conversation and he shows Rhea his cartoon characters, Hum and Tum. Karan believes that `boys` and `girls` can never understand each other, let alone be friends. At a stopover in Amsterdam, they explore the city together. At first they fight and are at logger ends but to make things okay Karan kisses her, only to be slapped. They part on that sour note.Three months later; they bump into each other at a New York park. Karan is with his girlfriend Shalini (Shenaz Treasurywala). Shalini and Rhea discover they are school friends. Rhea wants her revenge and tells Shalini all about the Amsterdam episode, at the end of which Karan and Shalini split. Cut to three months later, when Karan is back in Delhi with his mother (Rati Agnihotri). She is a wedding coordinator and ropes Karan in to help her with a wedding. The bride turns out to be Rhea. Karan bumps into Rhea once again on a French train, where she cryptically tells him, "Samir is no longer part of my life." Rhea leaves but Karan is restless. Karan lands up at his father`s (Rishi Kapoor) Parisian house and tries to find Rhea. Will Karan find Rhea? Where is Samir? Will they realise that they love each other? This constitutes the rest of film. The film is a light romantic comedy film with loads of laughter and sweet moments. The characters are well defined and the story is well scripted. The first half is very enjoyable and the second half though starts off on a promising note but drags a bit towards the end. The only problem is that the climax ought to have been more convincing and real. Director Kunal Kohli succeeds on two fronts; he has shot the film exceedingly well and has also extracted fantastic performances from not just Saif and Rani, but also from every character in the film. Performance-wise Saif is excellent. He makes Karan unbearable and likable at the same time. Rani also gives a great performance and is perfect as a level-headed, no-nonsense Punjabi girl. Kirron Kher as Rhea`s mother is superb. The other supporting actors, Rishi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri, Jimmy Shergill, and Ishaa Koppikar lend good support. Abhishek Bachchan has a cameo appearance but yet he stands out. Music is good. On the whole, Hum Tum is worth a DEKHO !!