Ishq Hai Tumse

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.

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With: Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Alok Nath, Vikram Gokhale, Tikku Talsania, Beena, Neena Kulkarni, Himani Shivpuri. (Hindi dialogue.)

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).

Ishq Hai Tumse

India

Production: A Krishna presentation of a Padmalaya Telefilms production. Produced by G.A. Seshagiri Rao. Executive producer, G.A. Narashimha Rao. Directed by G. Krishna. Associate directors, K. Nanaji, Raman Bharadraj. Screenplay, Krishna, Raman Bharadwaj.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), V. Srinivas Reddy; editors, Krishna, Sambasiva Rao N., M.N. Raju, Govindaswamy S.; background music, Vande Matharam; musical director, Himesh Reshammiya; lyrics, Sameer, Sanjay Chhel; art director, Anand Sai. Reviewed on videodisc, London, March 21, 2004. Running time: 148 MIN. (I: 76 MIN.; II: 72 MIN.).

With: With: Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Alok Nath, Vikram Gokhale, Tikku Talsania, Beena, Neena Kulkarni, Himani Shivpuri. (Hindi dialogue.)

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