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Andaaz

Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Aman Verma, Johny Lever

india Updated: May 24, 2003 18:57 IST

Question: What does Bollywood do when it’s bored of rehashing Hollywood hits? Answer: Make ‘family films’. Question: What is the most tested formula to woo the family audience? Answer: A love triangle!

Here’s another bright one then, in a brightly-wrapped andaaz. Raj Kanwar, the man who has splurged in masala in all its possible hues over the past decade or so, comes up with – guess what? – a story about two girls in love with the same guy. This ‘ex-flame come back from the dead’ formula is, of course, not new for Kanwar. He has already done it long back with Deewana, the film that introduced Shah Rukh Khan to popular imagination.

Raj (Akshay Kumar) and Kajal (Lara Dutta) are childhood friends and spend most of the time with the campus gang (hiccup: Akshay Kumar as a college boy?!). Raj secretly loves the tomboyish Kajal and his dream is to make it as an Air Force pilot and settle down with her. While on tomboys, the script does a reverse Kuch Kuch Hota Hai here – when Raj returns as an officer in uniform, Kajal has already given her heart to Karan Singhania (Aman Verma), who could be a walking endorsement of the Perfect Man in all those suiting ads – sophisticated, stinking rich, and with a heart of gold.

Post interval, by the time Raj meets Jiya (Priyanka Chopra) in Europe, you’ve already got a hang of Kanwar’s caper. The extrovert Jiya throws herself on Raj, woos his bhaiyya and bhabhi too and voila! – Raj has agreed to marry her. But wait, Karan is dead in an accident and Jiya, it turns out, is his sister. So, when Raj meets Kajal once again, old flames are rekindled. Love triangle tangle time hereon.

With two former beauty queens gunning to serve a hotter peekaboo plethora, you can’t possibly complain over timepass with Andaaz. Credit to Akshay Kumar, then – he still manages to hold a fair amount of your visual attention span, (pleasantly) wedged as he is between the sultry sirens.

First Published: May 24, 2003 12:03 IST