Yesterday I had the chance to watch “Fun-can be dangerous sometime” (what a title?) or “Socha Na Tha”. I choose to watch “Socha Na tha”. And I am glad I did.
“Socha Na Tha” (SNT) is a romantic comedy starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. Directed by debutant Imtiaz Ali (He directed “Imtihan” for Doordarshan long back. The one which had Renuka Shahane in it). SNT is a very sober debut for Abhay Deol, cousin of Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. Sunny Deol’s “Betaab” and Bobby Deol’s “Barsaat” had both the brother playing larger than life, confident characters. Dharmendra produces the film under his “Vijeta Film” banner.
Abhay’s debut is about lost chances and realization of what you desire and what you love. Abhay plays Viren Oberoi, a confused youth who goes to see Aditi (Ayesha Takia) for marriage. The families want them to get married. Even their kundali matches. But Viren is in love with a Christian girl, Karen. So he talks to Aditi and both of them decide to reject each other and so Viren officially rejects her. This leads to big confrontation and war between the two families. Meanwhile Viren and Aditi continue to bump into each other. They become good friends and then finally discover that they have a special relationship. Viren meanwhile manages to propose to Karen. Karen and her families agree only to find Viren’s family being a big hurdle. By the time Viren’s family relents, he finds himself falling for Aditi and wishing to marry her. The rest of the story is how Viren falls from grace trying to convince Aditi, trying to ditch Karen and trying to make amends with all the three familes (His, Aditi and Karen)
SNT is a fun film and does not intend to be anything else. After the movie ends you actually smile and are happy about watching a good movie. It does not have the love-at-first-site or hate first and then love syndrome. It has a normal boy and a girl meeting and then meeting again only to realize that they are in love with each other. Happens everyday, doesn’t it?
Some scenes are done very well. The first meeting between Viren and Aditi and they talking about the “Ladki Dikhana” program, their trip to Goa and Aditi playing cupid to Viren and Karen
Viren asks what Aditi felt about Karen and Aditi giving a goody goody review of Karen because Viren wants to hear something good.
The climax scene is good where Aditi visits Viren in his office to elope with him and Viren walking out with Aditi out of the office fighting with her and all the time explaining the wrongs of eloping and end up actually eloping.
The songs except a couple of them are good. The songs are shot well. The music by Sandesh Shandilya is foot-taping especially the song at the ending credits. The film jumps from a good scene to an ok scene to back to a better scene without actually having the grip on the story. Abhay Deol makes an OK debut. The movie could have been better but I guess its ok with regards to Abhay showing his talents. He does not look like a hero much. Ayesha Takia shines in the movie. Her portrayal of a simple girl restricted by so called parampara and wanting to break free but again understanding her limitation is good. The dialogs are not melodramatic which is good. The director gives the movie happened-to-my-friend-or-me touch without indulging in big emotional and dramatic scenes.
Ayesha Jhulka plays Viren’s bhabi. Not long ago she used to play heroine in movies. She does a good job with her character. Suresh Oberoi plays Viren’s strict father and is ok. Rati Agnihotri plays the screaming aunty of Aditi.
All in all a good entertaining family movie about a boy-meets-girl from a hatke angle that definitely worth a watch. Like the title suggest “Socha Na tha”.