What happens when Meet The Parents meets Father Of The Bride tossed with songs and action?You get Anubhav Sinha’s completely unoriginal Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai.It tells the story of a father (Om Puri) who cannot accept the fact that his daughter (Saakshi) will get married and go away like other daughters too.He believes that no other man can love her as much as he does. But the inevitable happens?
Cast: Priyanshu Chatterjee, Farida Jalal, Om Puri
Saakshi falls in love with Priyanshu, but Om Puri doesn’t approve of him.But eventually he gives in to his daughter’s wish and gets her married to the man she loves.A simple love story, AAPKO PEHLE BHI KAHIN DEKHA HAI focuses on the sensitive relationship between a father and his daughter. However, the film does bear a striking resemblance to the recently released KEHTAA HAI DIL BAAR BAAR [Paresh Rawal-Jimmy Shergill-Kim Sharma].Though, of course, the handling of the subject by writer-director Anubhav Sinha is far, far superior than the earlier Indianised version.
On the whole, AAPKO PEHLE BHI KAHIN DEKHA HAI has a universally acceptable theme (a father’s love for his daughter) that has been handled with sincerity. Despite a not-too-convincing screenplay, the film has its share of plusses in the form of competent performances, able direction, rich emotions, rib-tickling comedy and soulful music, besides the breath-taking locales of Canada. At the box-office, the film may find flavour with families. The fantastic promotion by its producers (Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.) will only add to its prospects.
Video Source: DVD