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1991 l U l 187 Mins l Rating:
Viren (Anil Kapoor) who travels to Rajasthan with his governess, affectionately called Dai Jaa (Waheeda Rehman). He meets the beautiful Pallavi (Sridevi) and he instantly falls in love with her. However, she also happens to be older then him, though this does not bother Viren. During a property dispute and a court case, Paalavi's father suddenly dies of a heart-attack. She is shattered and goes into isolation. At the wake, Viren goes to console her, when she sees him she runs towards him but runs straight past Viren and goes towards Sidhharth - the man she loves. Viren is heartbroken but to fulfill Pallavi's father's dying wish, he arranges the wedding between Sidhharth and Pallavi. Allowing Pallavi to live her life happily, Viren leaves for London. However one year into the marriage Sidhharth and Pallavi are both killed in an accident. It was also revealed that she was pregnant at the time and gave birth to a daughter.
Lamhe, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Anupam Kher, Waheeda Rehman, Deepak Malhotra, Manohar Singh, Lalit Tiwari, Ila Arun, Raj Hansa, Richa Pallod
by Avinash Ramchandni, Planet Bollywood
Lamhe is another 1990s classic romance by Yash Chopra and Yash Raj Films. This was followed by his son’s directional debut in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge , several hit productions (but not directions), including Aaina and Yeh Dillagi , and his own productional and directional venture, Dil To Pagal Hai . DTPH wasn’t the caliber of Lamhe , but was pretty decent anyhow.
The actors, for once, are outstanding in this movie—performance-wise and they looked great also. However, the take home winners of all the action are Sridevi, Anil Kapoor and Anupam Kher. The movie revolves around the three—Sridevi in both roles as Pooja and Pallavi, Anil Kapoor as Virren, and Anupam Kher as Prem.
The story is simple, though it wasn’t understood by the Indian audience and therefore flopped. Virren falls in love with a girl older than him (Pallavi), but she loves someone else. She marries him, has a daughter (Pooja). Pallavi dies and her daughter looks exactly like her when she grows up. Then she falls in love with Virren, but he is to marry Anita… and the story repeats itself… or does it? Find out if you haven’t seen this wonderful movie yet.
Aside from the astounding presentation, acting and ensemble, the film has other things working for it. The music is outstanding with super-hits like "Chudiyan Khanak Gayeen" by Lata Mangeshkar and then-newcomer Ila Arun and "Kabhi Main Kahoon" by Hariharan and Lata. The album came in two editions, the first one without the title song "Yeh Lamhe" and the Parody which was inserted after a few weeks of release in theaters.
Like all Yash Chopra films, the direction and screenplay are par excellence and the camera work is simple. The dialogues are superb also—including the mesmerizing scene where Pooja speaks to Virren’s to-be wife at a café.
If you haven’t seen this film yet—go rent it and watch a wonderful flick from the Chopra household—right from the heart of Yash Raj Films. It is certainly one of Bollywood´s more classic films.