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Bollywood's 'special' bond

Tom, Dick... and Pyare Mohan have physically challenged men in the lead.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 19:48 IST

What do Deepak Tijori’s Tom, Dick and Harry and Indra Kumar’s Pyare Mohan have in common? They are both comedies that will release on April 21. There’s more. Both films have physically challenged men as protagonists.


In Pyare Mohan, Fardeen Khan is blind and Viveik Oberoi is deaf. Tom, Dick and Harry has a deaf Dino Morea, a blind Anuj Sawhney and a mute Jimmy Shergill.


Are the directors worried? They are putting up a brave front. Kumar says his film is a romantic comedy. It is about how two physically challenged men brave all odds and stand by love. “For them love is life. They are self-reliant,” he says.


Tijori calls his a mindless fun film, a comedy of errors and with a story that is nowhere close to Pyare Mohan’s. “Leave your logic behind when you go to watch the film. My film is a humorous take on physically challenged men and it highlights the fact that they can also lead normal lives,” says Tijori, adding that he was he was inspired by a play, Teen Bandar, which saw during his younger days.


Tom, Dick and Harry and Pyare Mohan have physically challenged men as protagonists.

Talking about similarities, both films are also using music videos as promotional material. If Kumar has roped in British band Trickbaby for the

Pyare Mohan

video, Tijori has Himesh Reshammiya for the

Jhoom

video.


The parallels do not worry the directors. And they are not trying to run each other down, either. “If Deepak’s film is good then people will accept it,” says Kumar, who has earlier done Masti, a bawdy comedy. Tijori feels “it’s mere co-incidence” that the films are more or less on the same lines. “When Oracle (the producers) approached me, I thought of doing something different and came up with this idea. In fact, David Dhawan had thought of the same idea years ago,” says the director of films like Oops, Khamosh and Fareb.

 

Both directors are happy with the effort put in by the actors. “Both Fardeen and Viveik prepared well and fitted the characters,” says Kumar. Tijori says the actors were very co-operative. “They listend to the script, attended workshops and I am happy.”     

The last time the box office had two films on the same subject was on June 7, 2002. It was Rajkumar Santoshi’s Bhagat Singh versus Guddu Dhanoa’s Bhagat Singh. Santoshi’s film did better. 

This time too, it will be an interesting clash, feels trade expert Taran Adarsh. “PyareMohan may be high on star value, but Tom, Dick and Harry has great music, which has been promoted well,” says Adarsh. What works at the box office remains to be seen.