November 4, 2011
Chirag Paswan, Poonam Dhillon, Kabir Bedi, Kangna Ranaut, Sagarika Ghatge, Neeru Bajwa
The good thing about Miley Naa Miley Hum is that it marks the debut of a sweet-looking actor called Chirag Paswan. Politician Ram Vilas Paswan’s son has a pleasant presence on screen and a well worked out body (though I can imagine my mother smacking him between the shoulder blades and telling him to improve his posture). The other positive point is that I actually enjoyed Kangna Ranaut’s performance – it’s been a while since that’s happened! Here’s an actress who started off being so interesting but somehow somewhere lost her way with her awkward diction, poor voice modulation and disappointing choice of roles. In Miley Naa Miley Hum she looks refreshingly pretty and is genuinely funny playing a guileless, accident-prone model.
If you think about it, that précis is filled with promise, and the catchy song Katto Gilheri Chamak Challo Rani featuring a lovely-looking Shweta Tiwari arrives early in the narrative to suggest that this film will be an entertainer. But Miley Naa Miley Hum’s dialogues are amateurish, and the script fails to flesh out most of its characters or explore their relationships with any depth. So it’s nice to see older actors get so much screen time playing Chirag’s parents, but the reason for their animosity towards each other is never established although it’s the fulcrum of the film. We are told in passing that he was playing tennis while she was in labour, which led her to believe that the game was more important to him than his wife, but … naah, that sounds too flimsy to be credible. Again, since Chirag coped with his parents’ hatred for each other throughout his childhood, the circumstances that drive him over the edge as an adult don’t seem compelling enough; nor does the director manage to make us share Chirag’s desperation to re-unite mom and dad.
We’ve seen children of broken or troubled marriages in other Hindi films (Akele Hum Akele Tum, Life In A Metro, We Are Family) but it’s unusual for Bollywood to deal with the impact of a parental split on adult offspring. Miley Naa Miley Hum is not insufferable, it’s even nice in places, but it sorely lacks depth! Still, there’s something likeable about debutant Chirag Paswan – and that’s something to hold on to.
Rating (out of five): *1/2
CBFC Rating: U without cuts
Running time: 125 Minutes
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