Director: Subhash Ghai
Producer: Mukta Arts
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Antonia Bernath, Isha Shravani, Hrishita Bhatt, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Yash Pal Sharma, Shivaji Sattam, Zarina Wahab, Rajat Kapoor.
Music: A.R Rahman, Ismail Darbar
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar, Blaaze
The movie that everyone was waiting for with bated-breathe is released finally and the film has its weak as well as strong points. Set in the pre-independence era, when Britishers ruled India, KISNA is not a page from history, but a work of fiction. Kisna takes us back to the 1930s, when the nationalists urged the British to give India its Independence. During that time, a young Indian, Kisna (Vivek Oberoi) shields a British girl by the name of Catherine (Antonia Bernath), from an enraged mob of nationalists. Catherine happens to be the young daughter of a ruthless British tax collector. Kisna decides to escort Catherine to the safety of the British High Commission in New Delhi, who will arrange for her to board a ship on its way to Britain. During the journey, their friendship turns to love adding complications to Kisna's private life. He is all about to have an arranged marriage to Laxmi (Isha Shravani). The film starts off beautifully but loses its steam as the story progresses. By the end of the film the audience is completely exhausted. The director failed to keep the interest level amongst the audience port interval because the screenplay now becomes very predictable and run-of-the-mill. Also the director made a grave mistake by showing so much skin of both the heroines. The skin show doesn't gel with the era the film is set in! Ashok Mehta's cinematography is of international standard. Absolutely flawless. The musical score [A.R. Rahman, Ismail Darbar] is rich and melodious but not that great. Performance wise Vivek Oberoi has not done justice to his role and has not tried to go deeply into the character and give his best. Antonia Bernath's performance was outstanding and handled her part with grace and confidence. Isha Sharvani has also done a good job despite getting very little scope to showing her acting talent. Rest of the cast lend able support. On the whole, Kisna dissappoints.