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Movie Review - Armaan

Chitra Parayath
06/05/2003

Armaan

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Gracy Singh,Randhir Kapoor.
Director: Honey Irani
Music: Shankar-Ehsan-Loy
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

Honey Irani in her directorial debut works with some of the biggest names in Bollywood today. Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Gracie Singh and Randhir Kapoor act in this film that tells the tale of doctors and their dilemmas.

Amitabh Bachchan plays Dr. Sidharth Sinha, a physician dedicated to his vocation and to the hospital he helped establish. Anil Kapoor plays his son, another committed physician, a neurosurgeon who conducts brain surgeries at the drop of a hat with able assistance from Dr. Neha Mathur (Gracie Singh). Things are going all hunky dory when the bubbly, cheery daughter of internationally renowned business man Ramesh Kapoor(Randhir Kapoor), Sonya Kapoor (Preity Zinta) enters their life. Mayhem ensues, with Sonya falling hard for Akash, Neha leaning against trees and sobbing all amidst ruptured tumors and fractured skulls. Sonya turns into the most manipulative and destructive wife ruing the lives of those around her with her hapless husband looking on.

The resolution is clichéd, some parts of the film are predictable.
Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor turn in mature and sedate performances, Gracie Singh as the goody two shoes Neha simply doesn’t cut it, she is too boring and wholesome, even to play a heroine in a Hindi film! Preity Zinta is completely over the top, she is so irritating that just watching her on screen puts one’s teeth on edge. Honey Irani should’ve taken a page out of her son’s book while directing this actor. Farhan Akhtar (Honey Irani) and Javed Akhtar's son) had Preity turn in a decent performance in Dil Chahta Hai. Randhir Kapoor has little to do and he does that pretty well.

The situations are clichéd even though the script does throw in some pleasant surprises. Shankar Ehsaan Loy pleases with his musical score. The film is supposed to have had a disappointing run in India, with it being labeled for the Classy, not the masses.

This reviewer found nothing very classy about it, see it if you want to kill time…very badly.



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