Salaam-E-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Hindi Movie

Feature Film | 2007 | Anthology, Drama, Romantic
Jan 25, 2007 By Deep Ganatra

According to some numerologist, this movie won't do well because the movie title adds up to number 28 and it is not a good number. But my opinion would be different; the movie might not do good business because it had flaws. And even if the total number was 29, 30 or whatever, it wouldn't have saved the movie.

Okay, here is my take on the movie.

The movie is about 6 different couples, oops, 5 different couples, Sohail Khan and Ishaa Koppikkar were just for the sake of comedy.

Couple 1: Ashutosh (John Abraham) and Tehzeeb (Vidya Balan) are young married couple, madly in love with each other. But Tehzeeb looses her memory in a train accident.

Couple 2: Ramdayal (Sohail Khan) and Phoolwati (Ishaa Koppikar) are newly married couple where Ramdayal wants to spend more time with his wife but something goes wrong around him all the time and he does not get chance to be with his wife.

Couple 3: Shiven (Akshaye Khanna) and Gia (Ayesha Takia) are engaged and about to get married within few days. But Shiven is afraid to get married thinking he will loose all his freedom. He breaks the engagement with Gia.

Couple 4: Raju (Govinda) who is a taxi driver in Delhi and is waiting for his dream girl. Finally one day, he finds his dream girl in Stephanie (Shannon Esra) who visits Delhi in search of her boyfriend Rohit. Raju gets to know about it and helps her out to find her boyfriend. Now, we have a love triangle here. Raju loves Stephanie but she loves Rohit.

Couple 5: Kamini (Priyanka Chopra) who is an item girl in Bollywood but she dreams of staring in Karan Johar film. To break image of item girl, she decides to call a press conference and announces her relationship with Rahul (who is just a Virtual character with no existence). But while going to London, someone named Rahul (Salman Khan) (who calls himself as Rahooowl) lands up at the airport and pretends to be boyfriend of Kamini.

Couple 6: Vinay (Anil Kapoor) and Seema (Juhi Chawla) are happily married couple for last 15 years. But Vinay wants more excitement in his life and he gets infatuated towards a young girl, Anjali (Anjana Sukhani).

I really liked the concept of the movie but the director failed to fine tune the stories and ended up making a lengthy movie without any proper narration of the stories. Take example of the story of Ashutosh and Tehzeeb, in one scene they are showing Ashutosh crying for Tehzeeb and very next moment they move the story to some other character where the theme changes totally from serious to comedy. Some kind of balance between the stories would have really helped the movie.

I personally found, Ashutosh and Tehzeeb's (John-Vidya) story really good, then comes Shiven and Gia's (Akshay-Ayesha) story. Vinay and Seema's (Anil-Juhi) story takes third place, in fact their story was very much powerful and the director should have handled it well but he missed the track somewhere in between. Kamini and Rahul's (Salman-Priyanka) story did not click well, it was full of illogical things, and it looked more like an artificial story. Same applies for Raju and Stephanie (Govinda-Shannon).

I think I should sum up the things now.

Story: 6 different stories with good concept but bad narration of the stories affected the movie most.

Music: Top class, very sweet music. I personally liked all the songs. Dil Kya Kare by Adnan Sami was the best.

Acting: John gets an "A+" for the acting. Vidya was good enough. Akshaye Khanna gave people a good laughing dose. Ayesha Takia looked sweetest ever and Juhi Chawla looked youngest ever. Anil Kapoor was perfect, Anjana looked stunning but she did not have much to do. Priyanka Chopra looked bit irritating in the first half but she covered it up in 2nd half. Salman Khan could have explored in a better way but the director did not know how to take good out of him. Govinda and Shannon were good at their roles. Sohail Khan was<

Deep Ganatra