Friday, 15 October 2010

Heer Ranjha (1992)

After the unprecedented success of Nagina, producer/director Harmesh Malhotra worked with Sridevi repeatedly (in Banjaran, Sherni, Nigahein, Heer Ranjha) but failed to recreate the magic and box-office success of their first venture together.

Top of the flop file, the re-re-remake of Heer Ranjha (1992). The oft told tragic love story,  mentioned in the same breath as Romeo and Juliet, was a fail-start from the get-go. The film came at a time when Bollywood and its films were changing, transitioning to a highly stylised entity with modern refurbishment - and this yarn and costume drama didn't get an audience.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of the talented team, this was, truth-be-told, a very badly made movie.

Perhaps the sole saving grace would be the performance of Sridevi... and a few decent songs and dances. And of course Sridevi looked like a dream throughout the film and thanks to tumblr, her looks, moments, outfits are all getting a second look on social media. 

We might be alone in disliking the film as much as we did when we first saw it - as fans on facebook seem to have loved this version of the two star-crossed lovers.

Anil Kapoor's hair (its risible styling was poked at by the media at the time), the concept and timing of the tragedy... all went horribly wrong.

Sri's lovely in the movie (and famously did part of the costumes in this film) but even she couldn't save this retelling.

One of the best songs endures: Rab Ne Banaya. Lata Mangeshkar sings for Sri again. Film came out in 1992 and received a critical and box-office drumming. Shame. The cast of Lamhe (even Anupam Kher's in this flick) assembled in this film, but received none of the accolades. Ah well... You can't win 'em all.

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