Movie: Tell Me O Kkhuda

Director: Hema Malini

Cast: Esha Deol, Arjan Bajwa, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor

Rating: Disappointing

Story Line: The story of ‘Tell Me O Kkhuda’, revolving around a girl, who upon discovering she was an orphan goes in search of her parents, immediately reminds you of the Hollywood film, Mamma Mia. In Mamma Mia, however, the central character (played by Amanda Seyfried) is only looking for her father while her mother (Meryl Streep) is by her side.

There are three candidates as the potential papa in the Hollywood flick, and there are three potential fathers in this one too. But hold it, that's where the comparison ends. While Mamma Mia was a delightful musical, with stellar performances, ‘Tell Me O Kkhuda’ is more or less a drag.

Tanya's (Esha) search for her parents also reminds us of Hema Malini's earlier direction, ‘Dil Aashna Hai’.

After 26 years of being wonderfully brought up by her adoptive parents (Farukh Shaikh and Deepti Naval), novelist Tanya discovers that she is an adopted child. So her quest to find her 'real' parents begin and this leads her to Rajasthan, Turkey and Goa. She has two friends (Arjun Bajwa and Chandan Roy Sanyal), who seem unemployed enough to accompany her wherever she goes.

In the course of her self-searching trip, she meets potential dads in the form of royalty (Vinod Khanna), a doting husband (Rishi Kapoor) and a don (Dharmendra). A wonderful way to bring together three of the best looking yesteryear actors only if they had been utilised better. And of course, it is nice seeing Farukh and Deepti back together.

Thumbs Up: Opportunity for all Dharmendra and Hema Malini fans to catch a glimpse of the romantic pair on screen after a long time (even if it means for a few minutes with Hema Malini making a special appearance). Also it is delightful to watch Dharmendra and Esha Deol together. The same for Salman Khan fans who can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the superstar till the release of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. (Salman appears in a song in the film).

Thumbs Down: The film has too much of Esha and other actors have nothing much to do. Esha is too emotional; sadly it didn't evoke the emotions of the viewers.

Other lead actors, Arjan Bajwa and Chandan Roy, are sidelined by Esha. The feel-good factors (there are plenty) don't make a movie worth watching. The story is outdated and not really exciting.

The protagonist Tanya is largely a weepy character, even though she shows some gumption in parts.

So there is not much that Esha Deol could do. Even then she could have done better. Largely insipid, with some rare exciting moments, makes this films a dull fare.

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