Starring Salman Khan, Introducing Bhoomika Chawla,
Sachin Khedeker, Ravi Kissen, Sarfaraz Khan
Directed by Satish Kaushik
Released on 15th August 2003
|2003 Aug 20 Indiatimes|
|After the sweet-tempered otherworldly tenor of Hrithik Roshan and KoicMil Gaya last week, Salman Khan shocks you in this weekfs release, and not only because his character Radhe is the last word in heroic aggression.
Youfd think that the recent conrtroversies in the actorfs life, not to mention the string of wimpy debacles like Yeh Hai Jalwa and Tumko Na Bhool Payenge, wouldfve dimmed the tidal waves of Salmanfs personality. In Tere Naam he comes up with a defiantly definitive performance, easily his best yet.
|As Radhe the local campus hero with unruly hair falling to his cheeks(which he he brushes off daintily during emotionally revealing moments) and with an attitude to match , Salman delivers a slammer. Exuding a blend of arrogance and benignity, spitting bloodied fists at the local goons one minute, eyes brimming with lovelorn anguish the next minute, the star makes an illimitably powerful impact , specially in the second half where chained and muffled in a lunatic assylum Salmanfs eyes express the unspeakable torture of unconsummated love .|
|Director Satish Kaushik has been so far associated with fluffy often idiotic family dramas like Badhaai Ho Badhaai and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. In Tere Naam hefs on far more adventurous and fulfilling territory. He paces the film evenly and doesnft compromise on the protagonistfs volatile character even if it means showing Radhe perched dangerously in the twilight zone.|
|The tender courtship with the hitherto uncouth Radhe is spiced by some smartly written verbal exchanges(veteran writer Jainendra Jain at his best) that manifest the smalltown youthfs attitude to girls and romance, even as they bring our the fireball of turmoil thatfs Radhefs psyche.|
The unlikely object of Radhefs undying adoration is Nirjala, a sweet petite demure priestfs daughter, played with disarming naivete by newcomer Bhoomika Chawla, whose presence alone reduces Radhe to a gelatinous mass of quivering ecstacy.
|The soundtrack is interestingly coherent, with natural and manmade noises fusing in a a raga of modern anarchy. S . Sriramfs cinematography is outstanding . The bright sunlit outdoors in the first-half manifest Radhefs romantic awakening while the claustrophobic gloom of the second-half take us deep into the sunless realm of madness and despair. Either way, the film basks in the prismatic colours of cinematic life in all its glory.|
|Himesh Reshamiyyafs songs are one of the filmfs unstoppable virtues. They carpet the lush romance with a kind of melody we seldom get to hear in our cinema any longer. Numbers like Tumse milna, Tere naam and Odhni replicate the resonances of Radhefs heart and mind , depicting a a hero with a heart of gold and a fist of iron at his filmy best.
|Those who have seen the Tamil star Vikram play the same role in Sethu swear the character couldnft go into better hands. Watching Salman swerve effortlessly through the dark and rocky terrain of his complex characterfs psyche I am not too sure of that. Obsessive unrequited love has been done by many actors in the past from Dilip Kumar in Mehboob Khanfs Andaz to Amitabh Bacchan in Parwana to Shah Rukh Khan in Anjaam. But none has done it with such stunning physical and emotional aggression. Salman takes over the show with gut-wrenching and finally devastating impact. The supporting cast has some extremely capable actors including Sachin Khedekar . But this is Salmanfs show all the way. And what a massive blow he delivers to all his detractors.|