Review of "Hey
Music By : Ilayaraja
Starring: Kamal Haasan, Shahrukh Khan, Rani
Mukharjee, Girish Karnad, Vasundhara Das.
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Kamal Haasan, the most versatile actor in
India today, picks up direction for the second time in Hindi after
"Chachi 420" and this time around he is out to
prove his caliber as an ace director with a Midas touch. "Hey Ram" is a very bold, Rupees 25 crore attempt
period film set against the background of Indian Independence.
The movie starts at Mohenjodaro where Saket Ram(Kamal Haasan) and Amjad Khan(ShahRukh Khan) are great friends and then onwards moves to Calcutta where Saket Ram rejoins with his
Bengali wife (Rani Mukharjee) .Then a tragedy happens which forces Saket Ram to almost wage a war against communalism
and the ensuing emotions by Kamal
Haasan is seen to be believed - a brilliant
actor!. Saket Ram then meets Abhyankar(Atul Kulkarni) , an Hindu extremist whose fiery speeches against Gandhiji as being the culprit for the woes of Hindus, drags him near to his
ideology and eventually Saket Ram is out on a mission to kill Mahatma Gandhi.
Meanwhile Saket Ram's parents get him married to a teenage girl Mythili brilliantly played by
Vasundhara Das. Then onwards whether Saket Ram kills Gandhi or not is History.
'Hey Ram' is indeed an experimental film - live location , sound shot in the Vintage 40's location and the Hollywood type scripting standard does make this film stand out of the typical bollywood
films. The Movie does appears a drag at times, thanks to Kamal
Haasan's histrionics. And in some scenes Kamal Haasan does appear to be
eccentric too. ShahRukhKhan is an absolute waste for this movie while RaniMukharjee eclipses even before she finishes kissing Kamal
Haasan. It's music by Ilayaraja is quite ordinary
while editing by Renuka Saluja is superb.
HeyRam is recommended for serious audience only. Those looking for out and out entertainment may please wait for a Govinda release shortly. HeyRam is festival stuff bound to bring quite a lot of awards all over.
- Maju Kuriakose
Rating : ****
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