Pyaar Mein Twist
India 2005
Directed by Hriday Shetty.

Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia made one of the great romantic movies together, all the way back in 1973, in Rishi's dad's (the famous Raj Kapoor) movie BOBBY. It was a smash debut for both of them. Dimple was a sensation -- and only 16 years old. Her career got derailed by a poor marriage (to superstar Rajesh Khanna), but they reunited for Saagar in the early eighties, in her "comeback" film. Now it is 2005, Dimple has a daughter who does all the sexpot roles and she plays mommy. But then someone decided to get these two back together for one more romantic film, and so, we have the delightful PYAAR MEIN TWIST.

Make no mistake -- there's nothing much to this film, but it is charming nonetheless. It works because we know these two actors and their history, as much as because of what's actually in the script. The story is refreshing in that it is a romance between grown-ups, instead of kids, which already makes it different from 99% of all romance movies made worldwide. Rishi plays a successful businessman with grown up kids, Dimple does as well, both of them single now at this late stage in their lives for one reason or another. In every romance there must be a reason the two lovers cannot be together -- the main obstacle here is their kids, and their comfortable lives. At a certain age, you become set in your ways, comfortable with your life, and many people see no reason to change. Introducing a new serious romance brings serious complications -- financial and domestic. And the kids, all grown up themselves and just settling down themselves, don't see their parents as crazy romantics, rather, they are deeply suspicious of anyone who tries to enter the family.

Rishi Kapoor has put on weight, like all the Kapoors later in life, but retains much of his likable charm and presence. While Dimple Kapadia's performance is sometimes a bit too distant, and one looks for a fire in her eyes that is absent for much of the picture, their chemistry is still amicable, old friends if not passionate lovers, and sometimes, that's all one really needs.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 19, 2007.

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