Film: Humse Hain Jahaan
Director: Mashhoor Amrohi
Producer: Tajdar Amrohi
Star- Cast: Mashhoor Amrohi, Vishakha Singh, Govinda, Jackie Shroff
Mumbai: Mahal Pictures, the production house of Kamaal Amrohi, maker of all-time classics like Mahal, Pakeezah and Razia Sultan, has now produced Humse Hain Zamana. Debut of Amrohi’s grandson as writer, director and actor, the film leaves a lot to be desired. Well, the ratings obviously tell you that.
Touted as a young entertainer, the film is nothing of what its title speaks of. Purportedly, one would assume it is a youth film but it has got nothing to do with youth or any other ‘I-am-the-king-of-the-world’ claims.
A supposed fun story, it revolves around Sameer Khanna (Mashhoor Amrohi), a con-man who lands up working for Don Gary Rosario (Jackie Shroff) as his ‘arm-twister’ in return for the money he owes him. This fate leads to him wanting money to rescue his brother from a financial crisis.
Like all heroes of Bollywood films, Sameer Khanna too takes to crime at such a financially trying time in his life. He kidnaps the heroine, Esha (Vishakha Singh) daughter of superstar Gyaneshwar Singh (Shehzad Khan) while pretending to be in love with her.
This lands him in troubled waters with other dons like Dabar (Mukesh Rishi) and Pran Panwara aka PP (Kiran Kumar). Somewhere down the line, Don Rosario too gets involved and so does Prem Chopra. A tiring and lengthy climax untangles all of this, but by then you no longer care.
The film is modelled on mass-entertainers. There are understandable influences as the actor-writer-director of the film, Kamaal Amrohi, has worked as assistant to David Dhawan and Sohail Khan at some point. But what is befuddling is the run down level of humour and the complete lack of sense in the proceedings. Not only does it smack of inexperience but also lacks any kind of sensibility that commercial cinema demands.
Singapore is captured in a fresh manner. Not necessarily technically superior, but the frames offer new locations without much fanfare though. The music is ordinary. The dances aim to be youthful and peppy but do not succeed in being memorable. Just like the rest of the film.
The lead pair is fair enough. Vishakha Singh, though no gorgeous beauty, does a better job than the blue-eyed Amrohi boy, who is all arrogance and no sincerity. He lacks the style, poise and presence of a main lead, leave alone a ‘hero’. He dances passably well but lacks the charm the character demands.
Jackie does his bit as the feared Don, and his style is as inimitable as ever. Mukesh Rishi, Kiran Kumar, Shehzad Khan and Prem Chopra all play the comic timing well but the script and direction fail their antics, which given better surroundings could have been endearing.
An instantly forgettable serve, Humse Hain Zamana, makes a very forgettable debut for the Amrohi grandson. Predictably it is a dud at the BO and is a no-show for the audience as well.