A good entry-level masala movie, about a father battling to retain custody of the son he kidnapped from evil in-laws, "Rishtey" has a way too over-distended second half to click beyond Bollywood aficionados. However, there's a simple elegance to Indra Kumar's direction, especially in the musical numbers..

A good entry-level masala movie, about a father battling to retain custody of the son he kidnapped from evil in-laws, “Rishtey” has a way too over-distended second half to click beyond Bollywood aficionados. However, there’s a simple elegance to Indra Kumar’s direction, especially in the musical numbers, that’s rare in second-rung Hindi productions like this one, making it helmer’s best picture to date. Business on initial release last December was OK.

It’s only after the intermission that the full story is told of why onetime boxer Suraj (Anil Kapoor) has raised his 7-year-old son, Karan (Jibraan Khan), alone outside Mumbai. Karan has been led to believe his mom, Komal (Karisma Kapoor), is dead, but one day she spots Karan and Suraj by chance, leading to protracted custody battles, inside and outside the courtroom. Anil Kapoor is believable as the doting dad; Karisma Kapoor (no relation) makes less impression as the conflicted mother, with the distaff honors stolen by Shilpa Shetty as a brash fisher-woman who falls for Suraj. Six musical numbers are all catchy, and effectively staged, and Monty Sharma’s background score is above average.

Rishtey

India

Production

A Maruti Intl. presentation of a Maruti Pictures production. Produced by Indra Kumar, Ashok Thakeria. Directed by Indra Kumar. Screenplay, Rajiv Kaul, Praful Parekh, Tanveer Khan.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Baba Azmi; editor, Sanjay Sankla; background music, Monty Sharma; song music, Sanjeev Darshan; song arranger, Ranjit Barot; lyrics, Abbas Katka; art director, Bijon Das Gupta; costume designers, Shabina Khan, Manish Malhotra, Neeta Lulla; choreographer, Ganesh Acharya; associate director, S.P. Chaturvedi. Reviewed on videodisc, London, April 13, 2003. Hindi dialogue. Running time: 163 MIN. (I: 77 MIN.; II: 86 MIN.)

With

Anil Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Jibraan Khan, Amrish Puri, Jagdeep, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Alok Nath, Anjan Srivasatv, Arjun, Achyut Potdar, Sharat Saxena, Adi Irani, Deepshikha.

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