Star-quality playing by actress Preity Zinta, amid a strong femme cast, is the main reason to check out “Dil hai tumhaara,” a mid-range masala comedy-drama centered on two half-sisters that’s been holding on since release in early September. Zinta and helmer Kundan Shah previously hit with “Kya kehna” (2000), and present, more formulaic pic is perhaps the young thesp’s best vehicle to date.
Zinta plays independent-minded, tomboyish Shalu, raised by the wealthy Sarita (Rekha), despite being the offspring of an affair by Sarita’s late husband. Sarita’s actual daughter is cute, feminine Nimmi (Mahima Chaudhary), and only when both girls fall for the same hunk, businessman’s son Dev (Arjun Rampal), does the bhaji hit the fan. Pic largely gets by with a mistaken identity subplot and good-looking locations in mountainous Himachal Pradesh until a scalp-tingling musical number (“Mohabbat”) sends it zinging to the intermission. Second half concentrates on who’s going to get Dev and how Shalu’s ventriloquist friend, Sameer (Jimmy Shergill), fits into the romantic equation. Former star Rekha is quietly commanding as the powerful but conflicted mom, and production values are respectable. Title means “My Heart Is Yours.”