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How different is this tale?

Sensitive audiences are looking to see more of Black and Iqbal. Will Tom, Dick And Harry live up to their expectations?

india Updated: May 09, 2006 12:25 IST

After Deewane Huey Paagal and Pyaare Mohan, which got flak for ridiculing the physically impaired, comes another of the same genre. Tom, Dick And Harry from actor-turned-director Deepak Tijori seems one more tasteless attempt in the same direction.

Tijori, however, insists he is not making fun of the disabled. He says he is instead concentrating on the lighter side of the lives of deaf Tom (Dino Morea), blind Dick (Anuuj Saawhney) and mute Harry (Jimmy Shergill).

About Tom, Dick And Harry:
The story goes like this: Tom, Dick and Harry live together as paying guests. Things go smooth until Celina (Celina Jaitley) arrives on the scene as their new neighbour. They try and impress her like, but she completely ignores them.

There is another girl in the scene - a fisherwoman called Bijli (Kim Sharma) who is completely besotted by Tom.

Bollywood

Sensitive audiences are looking to see more of Black and Iqbal. Will Tom, Dick And Harry live up to their expectations?

potboilers are incomplete without a villain; so in comes Gulshan Grover. Grover is out to prove that he is the worst villain ever. And the trio - Tom, Dick and Harry - unknowingly become the biggest hurdle in his business deals.

Bollywood's 'special' bond:
In the past, there have been some filmmakers who excelled in showing the trials and tribulations of the disabled - like Satyen Bose's Dosti, Gulzar's Koshish, Sai Paranjpye's Sparsh and Mani Ratnam's Anjali.

More recently there have been Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black and Nagesh Kukunoor's Iqbal, both remarkable studies in sensitivity towards the disabled. Other than them, however, most directors of the current lot have shown appalling callousness towards people with special needs.

Last year, Harry Baweja made a futile attempt to handle the delicate issue of a mentally challenged man in Main Aisa Hoon with Ajay Devgan in the lead role. Unfortunately, Ajay's character was reduced to a caricature and failed to have a right impact on the audience.

Sensitive audiences are looking to see more of Black and Iqbal. Looks like they are going to be hugely disappointed with Tom, Dick And Harry.

First Published: May 09, 2006 12:20 IST