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Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Indya Com March 10 2001, Reviewed By Bharati Dubey
Producer: Nazim Rizvi
Director: Abbas-Mustan
Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Amrish Puri
Duration: 165 mins

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke is definitely a treat for the masses. Releasing a day after International Womanfs Day, incidentally, the film centers around womanhood via surrogate mothers. The director duo Abbas-Mustan who are known for making thrillers, have handled the subject with a lot of sensitivity. The film is not just about hiring a womb which is what feminists are going to carp about; it also deals with the dynamics within relationships that lead complicated and unconventional situations.

Raj Malhotra (Salman Khan), a scion of a famous and rich family, is successful in his own right. His is a joint-family, picture perfect and smooth-sailing. Priya (Rani Mukherjee) his bride immediately blends in with the family as their doted daughter-in-law. The family, especially the patriarch (Amrish Puri) is quite eager to see his great grandson, but Priya has a miscarriage. The young couple hide the fact that Priya cannot bear another child from the rest of the family. Ruling out the options of a test-tube or adoption, Priya insists on her husband taking on a surrogate mother.
Raj, the unwilling partner, finally finds the perfect candidate: Madhubala (Preity Zinta), a popular and foul-mouthed prostitute who has nothing to lose by bearing his child. Madhubala canft believe her luck and agrees to the price tag of Rs 10 lakhs. Raj plays Prof Higgins and tries to get the tart to rid herself of her trashy ways. She faces Priya as Madhu. The couple excuse themselves from the rest of the family and settle down in Switzerland. Priya pushes Madhu in to Rajfs arms and is ready for the results. The nine months of pregnancy opens up a new world for Madhu. She discovers relationships, traditions, family-life, and herself as a woman and as a mother. Itfs a painful revelation which demands sacrifice and separation, bringing all the three characters to a crossroads, testing their strengths and convictions.
Saying anything more would be leaking out the whole story. But, suffice to say, itfs a not-too-bad effort from Abbas-Mastan at creating a family drama. The melo part is mercifully controlled. Crisp editing by Hussein Burmawallah, moving dialogues by Javed Siddiqui, glamourous and slick visuals and Anu Malikfs hummable music make for an interesting fare.

The viewers are going to have a good time pointing out frame-to-frame copy scenes from Pretty Woman. To give the devil its due, itfs been adapted very well in to Bollywood fare, and merges in to the plot and pace of the film. AM have managed to steer clear from melodrama, in a plot that an Indian director usually loses control over.

Talking about control, they have also managed to rein in Salman Khan, who has amazingly slipped into the character of a sensitive and successful businessman and done a good job at the end of it. Very unlike him and hefs quite likeable here. Nowhere does he indulge in his flat, untimely antics, nor does he exhibit signs of sleepwalking through it, which was evident in his last releases like Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye and Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega.
But, dialogues like Main maa nahi ban sakti and Main adhoori hoon are hard to digest. Even the fact that the sex of the child is taken for granted (that itfs going to be a male). A good reason to celebrate?for them.

The film wouldnft be complete without the mention of the two main protagonists. Rani and Preity. Both, once again, establish that they are very promising and interesting heroines of the new generation. CCCC, after Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega is a proof of two equally talented heroines who share wonderful on-screen chemistry.
If nothing, just check out CCCC to find out what happens when Doosri Dulhan meets Pretty Woman.

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Bollywood Mag March 10 2001,
Reviewed By Robeel Haq (Media Management Network / Radio Sargam)
It's finally happened. The much anticipated, and equally controversial Bollywood movie 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' has hit the big screen worldwide. Directed by Abbas Mustan, and starring the trio from last years hit film 'Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega' (Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta) - Bollywood fanatics have been waiting for this movie for weeks and weeks.
So, what's the story about? Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee are a happily married, wealthy, picture perfect couple. However, tragedy strikes when Rani is expecting the couple's first child but has a miscarriage. To make matters worse, the doctors tell them that she won't be able to conceive again.
Things take an interesting twist when Salman meets Preity Zinta, a foul-mouthed local bar dancer who spends all her time thinking about money, money, money. The couple decides to ask Preity to become a surrogate mother for them, and after offering heaps of money, she eventually agrees.
It sounds like the end of the problems, but unfortunately it's only the start! During the whole surrogating process, Preity falls for Salman and also finds out what it's like to become a mother-to-be. The question is whether she will get the man of her dreams and will she give up her baby when it eventually arrives?
'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' is a really important movie for Salman Khan's career, as the year 2000 was not exactly his more successful and the actor is absolutely gagging for a box office hit. Thankfully, he has given a good, controlled performance, which will go down well with his many fans.

Both girls have been given equal footage and neither has tried to outdo the other onscreen. The chemistry between the two is impressive and they handle their roles with ease. Rani and Preity both have emotional scenes and have given praiseworthy performances.
However, the film is not perfect and has some flaws. The first half of the movie tends to drag along slightly and takes a while to really get going. Also, Preity Zinta has a bit of difficult initially fitting into the skin of her character, who is really quite brash.

Other than that, the movie is definitely worth a watch. The story is touching and quite different from other Bollywood releases, the performances are all above average, the music is catchy - its has everything going for it.

2001 March 10