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Mohabbatein

love story/ drama

Starring Amitabh Bhachan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya, Uday Chopra, Jimmy Shergil, Shamita Shetty
Directed by Aditya Chopra

Music by Jatin-Lalit

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So my folks, it simply does not matter where Mission Kashmir stands at the end of the day.

For no matter what, Mohabbatein is destined to create magic and magic it certainly shall.

For who can ever resist the Bhachan himself and ignore the bubbling Shahrukh? Well, even if you can, I suggest you better not for both the big shots are at their best in this movie.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge probably is one of the best movies that we have seen in the last five-six years or so. And when the director Aditya Chopra comes up with his next, the expectations are bound to be sky high. Hey, have no fear. Aditya has come out with an absolute winner of a movie once again, to justify that DDLJ magic was no fluke. He seems to be ready to take over from his father Yash Chopra when it comes to churning out these romantic flicks.

Mohabbatein’s storyline is thrown upon the backdrop of a high profile educational institution- Gurukul . But mind you, not any run-of the-mill college campus. Why?

Because this college features Big B Amitabh as the principal Narayan Shankar. And to keep him company, and on his toes, Shahrukh Khan as Raj Aryan, a lecturer.  While the former simply can’t stand the nonsense of these young students like romance, flirting , the latter sincerely believes in the concept of love and romance, and unsurprisingly is also a favourite around the campus.

 The clash of their beliefs is more than enough to send sparks flying between the two superstars. Then we get to know more that their disliking towards each other is not anything new as we learn that this very Raj Aryan was once Narayan Shankar's student and Raj's affair with the principal's daughter Megha (Aishwarya Rai) did casue a lot of hatred among the two.

 Well, three sets of love birds are also thrown in- Uday Chopra (son of Yash Chopra) and Shamita Shetty (sister of Shilpa Shetty).  Jugal Hanraj and Kim Sharma and Jimmy Shergill and Preeti Jhangiani. As expected, their love stories have the backing of the lecturer but attracts the fury of their principal.

 So will this ice cold principal eventually turn into a warm heart? Will the man change for the better?

Thus the rest of the movie is the battle of ideologies but more importantly for the movie bufffs, the battle between two great superstars. The Master of the 70s battle it out with the King of the 90s and it is this duel that keeps the movies strong and memorable.

Director Aditya has done a wonderful job in handling the big guns and also ensures that both are given a balanced screen presence without favouring any one particular star.

Both the star excel in their scenes and delivers some great lines to the applaud of the audience.

Among the young cast, everyone have put in a lot of effort for sure. However, only the romance between Uday-Shamita manages to steal the show. Uday really manages to score here among the guys while sweet candyboy Jimmy Shergil just about does what is expected. Jugal Hansraj is disappointing.

Among the females, Shamita stands tall and towers over the other two. Preeti and Kim Sharma is just about okay with their candy looks.

Aishwarya Rai is there to look good and that is exactly what she does in the screentime given to her. The rest of the cast, though big names like Amrish Puri, Sheffali, Anupam Kher are all wasted in insignificant roles. But hey, somebody has to do them, right!

The music by Jatin-Lalit is one thing that does not manage to come out strong in comparison to the score they delivered in DDLJ. Though there are some songs that would still inger on in your mind, on an entirety it could have been better.

The cinematography and the choreography are also noteworthy, and so is the set designs. Aditya once again comes up with some great dialogues just like he did with his first movie.

If there is a big flaw then it certainly is the length of the movie. The movie has a running time of an astonishing three hours and forty minutes.

The movie could have been easily trimmed down a couple of minutes and the screenplay could have been made brisker. But trust me, once you get watching, you wouldn't even know how time flew by.

So keeping the festive mood in mind, this Diwali the audiences are gonna go ga-ga over this movie for sure. Even the length of the movie shall not become a problem for just watching two great screen personalities fighting out for their share of the limelight is big enough.

Definitely the movie that is going to rain big bucks at the box-office this year.

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