1991 l U l 187 Mins l Rating:
LAMHE is the story of moments, moments of passion. . . moments of ecstasy. . . moments of love moments that change lives. When the young Viren (Anil Kapoor - Slumdog Millionaire & 24) comes to India for the first time, he is captivated by Pallavi (Sridevi). When he learns she is already spoken for, he returns to London a broken man. When he gets the news of Pallavi and her husband dying and leaving their daughter Pooja (Sridevi) behind, Viren ensures that she is taken care of. Now some 20 years on, Viren comes back to India and sees Pooja for the first time. . . a spitting image of her mother! Viren feels that destiny is playing a cruel game with him when Pooja confesses she is in Love with him. . . yet another moment that changes his life. . . forever. LAMHE is Yash Chopra’s most cherished film with soul stirring music composed by internationally acclaimed Classical Maestros Shiv-Hari.
by Avinash Ramchandni, Planet BollywoodLamhe is another 1990s classic romance by Yash Chopra and Yash Raj Films. This was followed by his son%u2019s 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%u2019t the caliber of Lamhe , but was pretty decent anyhow.
The actors, for once, are outstanding in this movie%u2014performance-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%u2014Sridevi in both roles as Pooja and Pallavi, Anil Kapoor as Virren, and Anupam Kher as Prem.
The story is simple, though it wasn%u2019t 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%u2026 and the story repeats itself%u2026 or does it? Find out if you haven%u2019t 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%u2014including the mesmerizing scene where Pooja speaks to Virren%u2019s to-be wife at a caf%uFFFD.
If you haven%u2019t seen this film yet%u2014go rent it and watch a wonderful flick from the Chopra household%u2014right from the heart of Yash Raj Films. It is certainly one of Bollywood%uFFFDs more classic films.