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|August 25, 2000||
Sir Anil to the rescue!
Witness to murder most foul, Preeti (Aishwarya Rai) testifies against Bhavani Chaudhari (Mukesh Rishi). Determined to teach her a lesson, his younger brother Babloo (Puru Raaj Kumar) rapes her. Enter do-gooder Avinash (Anil Kapoor), who shelters her along with his own step-siblings, and helps her retain her lost dignity. Love blossoms in this homely setup and Avinash proposes to Preeti. She refuses, mistaking his love for pity.
Further twist in the tale is Avinash's childhood friend Khushi (Sonali Bendre), who dreams of marrying him. Tears, emotional overload and sacrifice lead to the climax.
Even so, the film works. Two reasons: solid performances and a sound script. Anil Kapoor's performance is the most notable. His is a very 1990s' character -- courageous, gutsy, taking (and accepting) people as they are.
Aishwarya Rai conveys the turmoil and pain of a rape victim well. But it is her transition from an emotional wreck trying to gather the broken pieces of her life back together that is amazing. Apart from a restrained performance, she also looks like a million bucks.
Despite her abbreviated role, Sonali Bendre is charming as a bubbly, gregarious person. Although one did wish she wouldn’t jump so much. Puru Raaj Kumar is a sheer disappointment. He makes a smashing impact -- until he opens his mouth. His squeaky dialogue delivery needs major working on!
We could have done without the streched comic relief scenes projecting the multi-community complex in which Avinash and Preeti reside in.
What makes this film plausible is the fact that the rape victim is shown picking up the pieces after her trauma, and leading a normal life. A sincere venture, this one.
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