There are some films for which curiosity level is near to zilch even till the day of their release. Number of factors contribute to such utter lack of interest in a project. A drab synopsis, below average songs, uninspiring promos, limited publicity and hardly striking visuals. A few looks at the promos and you kind of decide there and then that this is not the kind of movie you want to spend your money on.
KAISEY KAHEIN is one such film. As unfair as it may sound, the fact is that this is certainly not the film which is expected to bring in a horde of viewers on the first show. Neither is it a hardcore romantic entertainer (which most newcomers debut in) nor is it a comedy which is the flavor of the season. And sadly the element of drama which is projected in the promos just doesn't make you open your mouth wide and wait for the film to arrive.
Now all of this is before the release of the film. So what happens next? One watches the film and concludes if this is a film which could now work on word of mouth? Again, as unfortunate as it may sound, but KAISE KAHEN is not really the film that you would end up recommending one and all to watch at theaters. Is it a bad film? Not really, but then people may rather watch it in the comfort of their homes rather than walking all the way to a multiplex.
Two ambitious youngsters [Rajveer and Neha] are like hundreds of others who we see around in big cities. Looking at making it big in their respective fields [banking and journalism] they try to manage their personal and professional lives. Spending time with each other, they are practical enough to realize that life is not just a bed of roses and along with that comes sacrifice, loss and pain.
To his credit, director Mohit Hussein has chosen a different subject but the matter of the fact is that this is not the kind of subject which could make for a compulsive cinematic viewing. Probably on TV, one could make a soap opera out of it as with 1000 episodes but for a film, it just doesn't fit in well. Also, though the film has a different storyline and treatment, it does remind one of couple of other films based on being practical in love like MUJHE KUCH KEHNA HAI and KYA LOVE STORY HAI.
The film's pacing is right as suited for a genre like this but blame it on the screenplay which comes in the way of an interesting storytelling. At times, it becomes all too practical whereas at moments, the twist in the tale is hardly funny. In totality, the single most factor - your heart going out to the protagonists - doesn't work in the film's favor as you remain thoroughly passive to the situations as depicted on the screen.
Both Rajveer and Neha make a decent debut though not the kind which would make them as the next BIG thing on the horizon. Still, both have a decent enough screen presence to help them get further opportunities.
KAISE KAHEN is one of the many dozen films which release at the theaters every year but fade away without leaving much of a mark. Yes, it's an honest attempt but not good enough to make you go gaga over it. Catch it on the telly!