Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, starring Abhishek & Lara in lead roles has too much Lagaan effect. The story and its execution gives you been there done that deja vu experience. The movie tries to ring the ‘go back to village’ bell, but the impact made is minimal.
Cast: Abhishek, Lara
Dina Nath (Snehal Lakhia) is honored by the Indian Government, which is televised live. While receiving the honors, Dina Nath informs the Government that his village is still without electricity, and he is promised that electricity will be provided in his village immediately. And electricity is provided in the village.
Dina Nath’s son, Kanji (Abhishek Bachchan), who is in Mumbai, hears of this and returns to the village alongwith a C-Band ten foot satellite dish and a super flat stereo television. When the satellite is set-up, the villagers are thrilled by the TV shows. This leads to the village priest (Akhilendra Mishra) complaining to Chotey Thakur Rudra Pratap Singh (Yashpal Sharma) that the villagers are turning away from his temple and worship.
Rudra is not concerned as he himself has a TV set in his home. But when the priest informs Rudra that his sister, Kesar (Lara Dutta) and Kanji are in love, Rudra makes a threat to destroy Kanaji and all of the village in the presence of a TV crew filming the whole drama – live worldwide.
The movie is technically perfect and have some brilliantly executed scenes. The film has a major Lagaan hangover. Apoorva Lakhia seems to have wandered onto the Lagaan locations and picked up three or four of the supporting cast and knit a story around one central idea.