Romantic complications entangle a Hindi and Muslim family in “Ishq hai tumse,” an enjoyable if unadventurous entry-level Bollywood starrer with lively ensemble work and surprisingly animated perfs by leads Dino Morea and Bipasha Basu. A flop on January release, and unfairly put down by local crix for its plot similarities to 1994 hit “Hum aapke hain kaun,” pic boasts good production values and OK musical numbers.
Hindi Thakur (Vikram Gokhale) and Muslim Usman (Alok Nath) are old friends, and when the former and his family visit the latter for a wedding, Thakur’s son, playboy Arjun (Morea), reconnects with Usman’s unmarried daughter, Khushboo (Basu). The two seem set for romance; but when Usman donates a kidney to save Thakur’s life, Arjun is so affected by this display of friendship that he chickens out of marrying Khushboo. (Uh, right.) Script doesn’t waste much time on homilies about Hindi-Muslim friendship (“Religion is just an identity” is as far as it gets), and a neat final twist restores the light mood. Though set in Lucknow, pic was actually shot in Hyderabad, and is a remake of Sana Yadi Reddy’s 2001 Telugu movie, “Sampangi” (Flower).