Priyadarshan and Salman Khan are the two people in the film industry who have been quite successful during last few years. Salman Khan, especially, has been having a rwocking time at BO this year with continued hits, mostly belonging to the comedy genre. Also Priyadarshan too has delivered back to back comic hits. So when two of them come together for an emotional drama called 'Kyon Ki', you eagerly want to see the final result.
Though you know pretty well that the subject is not exactly of a kind that you may want to celebrate with in this festive season, it is sheer art and performances that make you look forward to the movie. Yes, the movie has its share of dull moments with things not ready to move at a number of points, the performances [especially Salman Khan and Jackie Shroff] and a 'lump-in-the-throat' ending is what stays with you long after the movie is over!
A perfectly normal looking/behaving Anand [Salman Khan] is admitted to a mental hospital by his elder brother. He has been declared mad after being accused of murdering his lady love Maya [Rimii Sen]. Till about 15-20 minutes into the movie, you keep wondering if Anand is indeed mad or just acting up. Meanwhile characters like Dr. Khurana [Om Puri], who heads the hospital, his daughter Dr. Tanvi [Kareena Kapoor] and Dr. Sunil [Jackie Shroff] who knows Anand since childhood, are introduced. Meanwhile Anand befriends other patients in the hospital and becomes the cynosure of Dr. Khurana's eyes due to his pranks.
Dr. Khurana is autocratic in his approach to treat the patients while Dr. Sunil is his complete opposite. Dr. Tanvi is indifferent towards Anand during his initial stay at the hospital before she picks up the baton to bring him back to his normal self after reading his diary that tells about the tender moments shared between him and Maya.
She gets to know the entire story of how Anand wooed Maya and eventually got her. She also gets to know that Maya was a prankster and it was these pranks that were actually responsible for her accidental death in the hands of Anand. He couldn't take this shock due to which he lost his mental balance. In her attempt to cure Anand, Tanvi ends up falling in love with him.
Anand gets well too and now both want to get married. But this is not agreeable to Dr. Khurana who instead wants her to marry Karan [Suneil Shetty, in a 3 scene appearance]. Dr. Sunil makes a plan to get Anand run away from the hospital. But is it too late by then.......?
While the first half of the movie focuses on Anand's life in the hospital and his past, the second half concentrates on Tanvi trying to help Anand regain his normal self. There are some occasional laughs in the first half but things continue to painfully drag till the interval point. Sequences in the first half remind of Munnabhai MBBS at a number of places. A patient in coma, Anand challenging the rules of the hospital, a cruel hospital head, a song'n'dance sequence in the hospital - everything gives you a feeling of deja vu.
Even Salman-Rimmi romance is hardly exciting and the steps that he takes to woo her are also plain stupid [first he fakes an immolation, then paints the roads with his claims of his love, then puts up larger than life hoardings on the crossings proclaiming his love- everything looks so immature]. Sequences trying to prove Rimmi's prankish nature are also more self-destructive rather than exciting!
Thankfully Salman's act saves the day and doesn't allow 'Kyon Ki' to become an utter disappointment in the first half. Second half too begins slowly and just when you thought that it was all drag for the movie, the skillfully and sensitively executed last 30-45 minutes of the movie completely change the graph. Drama continues to build from the point Anand starts getting treatment