Pyar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001) is a flop movie which I had seen in theatre with my wife (in the Aakash cinema of Kota) on 05.08.2001. It is by no means any great movie but I liked it. And hence I am reviewing it because as esteemed movie reviewer Aruna Thyagarajan (moviezombie) had once asserted – ‘Review is about feelings and what the movie evokes in one. Moviemaking and movie viewing is so subjective.never know who it reaches out to and how.’ This movie struck a chord in my heart with its romantic and emotional appeal and despite flaws, I found it quite entertaining.Pyar, Ishq & Mohabbat are the three words carrying the same meaning, i.e., love. It’s a love story of a different nature in which a girl is loved by three different males. That girl is Isha (Kirti Reddy) who gets scholarship to go to Scotland for higher education in the line of medicine but the businessman sponsoring that scholarship is smitten by her charms and gets willing to marry her. He is Yash Sabbarwal (Sunil Shetty). Isha refuses his proposal. However she accepts the scholarship and moves to Scotland to live with her father’s friend – Lord Inder Bhardwaa j (Dalip Tahil), his wife (Priya Tendulkar) and their son – Taaj (Aftab Shivdasani) who is a bank officer. There she happens to meet Dr. Aalam (Raza Murad) and his daughter – Rubeena (Isha Koppikar) becomes her friend. Taaj also becomes Isha’s good friend and starts loving her in his heart.
Here in India, Yash stumbles upon a smart and ambitious youth – Gaurav Saxena (Arjun Raampaal) who is a part time model. Yash makes him agree to work for him for a generous fee with the assignment being to make a path from Isha’s heart to Yash’s heart. Gaurav also moves to Scotland paying no attention to the advice of his sincere friend and well-wisher – Maya (Monica Bedi). Gaurav wins Isha’s heart very shortly(and quite smoothly) and then for the sake of Yash, breaks it as well. However in between, he is also won over by the innocent love of Isha. With the chain of events advancing swiftly, Maya also happens to be there when after coming to know of the real game-plan of Yash and Gaurav, Isha gets ready to marry Taaj. Coming to know of Gaurav’s love for Isha, she alongwith Rubeena, sets everything right for Gaurav and Isha. And the director of this movie rewards her in the form of her marriage with Taaj in the ending scene. Rubeena too is shown as trying to console a disheartened Yash in the end.This unusual and intricate love story which actually is a cluster of many love stories has been made by Rajiv Rai who was then better known for his action-thrillers like Tridev, Vishwaatma and Mohra. He could not make a memorable movie but this movie is not bad either. Perhaps the public was expecting something else (and much better) from him and due to the letting down of the public, it could not succeed on the box office. Else, the movie is quite interesting and there is little boredom except in the ending reels.The thing that I liked most is the romance exasperated in the movie between the characters of Gaurav and Isha. This romance alongwith the tricks and mannerisms of Gaurav to woo Isha is pretty impressive. The scene in which Gaurav poses as a flower-seller and explains to her as to which particular rose is to be given to whom and for what purpose, is one of the best scenes. And the scene in which Isha kisses Gaurav’s lips (with utmost delicacy and grace) as his birthday gift which moves Gaurav deep within, is another.
Different twists in the narrative are aptly placed though most of them are hackneyed. Still I feel that the script-writers deserve a pat on their back because they have really taxed their minds especially for the events taking place in the first half.
Dialogues are one more plus point of this movie. ‘Zyaada Change Rakhne Se Aadmi Change Ho Jaata Hai’ (a person may change if he keeps excessive change, i.e., coins) is an example. In a very impressive scene of Gaurav and Taaj in Taaj’s bank where Gaurav comes to open an account and deposit the cheque given by Yash, Taaj asks Gaurav what he has sold to get this much money and Gaurav replies – ‘Aatma’ (the soul). This is another one.
Cinematography is brilliant and production value is quite high, proportionate to the repute of the banner of Rajiv Rai’s father – Gulshan Rai. The scenes of Scotland are a treat to watch. The length of the movie is on the higher side but never mind, it does not irritate.
Performances are good. However Kirti Reddy is no Helen of Troy to evoke rivalries in males for the sake of her beauty. Hence she appears to be miscast in the pivotal role of the girl whom three boys are after. The best performer is, undoubtedly, debutante Arjun Raampaal. This model-turned-actor has done exceedingly well in his very first movie and he is the USP of this movie for sure. He is able to leave his mark in his entry scene itself which contains the song – Apni Yaadon Ko Chhod Na Jaana and thereafter his character only remains the heart and soul of the movie with himself giving his best shot in every frame of it coming his way. This is the first released movie of Isha Koppikar also and she has also done admirably as the naughty and talkative Rubeena. Sunil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Monica Bedi, Raza Muraad, Dalip Tahil, Priya Tedulkar and Harish Patel (as Hansu Bhai, the Gujju P.A. of Yash Sabbarwal) are all perfect in their respective roles.
Viju Shah’s music contains two good songs – the title track and Apni Yaadon Ko Chhod Na Jaana. However the absence of chartbuster songs is one thing that seems to have gone against this movie.Pyar Ishq Aur Mohabbat badly flopped on the box office. However I recommend it because it appealed to me. May be because I am highly romantic. All the same, I feel that if watched with a low expectation, this movie won’t disappoint a first time watcher and will entertain him for two and a half hours.
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