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Socha Na Tha February 22, 2007

Posted by Shujath in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.
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During the time of its release, Socha Na Tha wasn’t something I wanted to watch and neither did most moviegoers; the promos never seemed interesting enough. Recently, I happened to catch it on television and this sweet romance totally won me over. Easily the best romcom drama I’ve seen in recent times.

Happy-go-lucky Viren (Abhay Deol) after constant pestering by his parents to get married agrees to go and see a girl. The trouble is he is already in love with Karen (Apoorva Jha) but is unable to talk about this to his stern father (Suresh Oberoi) fearing the furor it would create because of the cultural and religious differences between their family and Karen’s. So, when he finally goes to meet the girl his parents chose for his, his rejecting her is a foregone conclusion. However the girl in question – Aditi (Ayesha Takia) and Viren get along quite well despite Viren putting forward his clear intentions. A misunderstanding during their meeting causes Viren’s and Aditi’s families to become sworn enemies. In the midst of all this Viren gets close to Aditi and seeks her help to get Karen to marry him. Meanwhile, this newfound friendship makes Karen uncomfortable and also causes further rift in the relationship between Aditi’s and Viren’s families. After much noise, Viren’s parents finally agree to get him married to Karen but now Viren has developed feelings for Aditi and you can probably guess what happens next.

A bunch of fresh talents like writer-director Imtiaz Ali and the lead pair of Abhay Deol-Ayesha Takia are what make a huge difference to this otherwise mundane script. There is ample humour sprinkled here and even the serious situations aren’t made to look too melodramatic. Ayesha Takia is simply too good. Her mannerisms and dialogue delivery are superb. Abhay Deol is a far better actor than the other Deols in his family. He is completely natural…just needs to work a bit on his diction. Among the supporting cast, Ayesha Julkha stands out.

The soundtrack by Sandesh Shandilya is very pleasant and gels perfectly with the mood of the film. Last but not the least, director Imtiaz Ali makes an impressive debut and there are a number of sequences in the film which showcase his talent. For me, Socha Na Tha lived up to its title – I never really expected it to be good but it proved me completely wrong….easily recommended!

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1. Sai - February 23, 2007

Well! What do you know? Once again, I plan to post something and you post it before me. Some of what I’ve written is very similar but since I already had it written, here it is.

Imtiaz Ali’s directorial debut (also written by him) was like a breath of fresh air. It is a highly identifiable romantic comedy for the youth minus the unnecessary mushiness. The theme is reminiscent of Perumal’s Dum Dum Dum (written and produced by Mani Ratnam) but the film is quite different.

Abhay Deol (Ahista Ahista) plays a highly confused kid to great effect. This film is a perfect debut vehicle. Ayesha Takia (Dor, Salaam-e-Ishq) is a natural. She brings life to her character and makes it loveable. Though she made her debut in the forgettable Taarzan: The Wonder Car and followed it up with Dil Maange More, this is the one that got her noticed. The film rests on the shoulders of these two youngsters and they deliver. Among the supporting cast, Ayesha Jhulka gets a nice role as Abhay’s bhabhi.

I hadn’t heard the music (scored by Sandesh Shandilya) before watching the film. Some of the songs are appealing (especially Abhi Abhi Mere Dil, which was also shot well) but this isn’t among his best work (listen to Chameli for some of his superb tunes and of course, Suraj Hua Maddham from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is well known). Nevertheless the songs suit the mood of the film well.

The best part of the film is its refreshing dialogue, which is anything but cinematic. Imtiaz Ali manages to write such natural and realistic dialogue that it lifts the film to a different level and makes it identifiable. This is one romantic comedy that has stayed with me for a long time and that isn’t a common occurrence these days. If you haven’t seen it yet, go to your nearest DVD store now!


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