Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani details
|Starring:||Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Paresh Rawal, Satish Shah, Dalip Tahil|
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
|Run time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Aug 2005|
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Surprisingly enjoyableBy a customer from UK , 21 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I had been put off watching this film by reports of how badly it flopped at the box office so I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It is difficult to contain this film in a particular category as there are several layers to it, including comedy, romance, political intrigue and patriotism. Infact the patriotism comes through so powerfully that even I, as a non Indian, was feeling strongly patriotic. On the downside this film has to contain one of the poorest songs I have ever heard - I am the best - it is very unimaginative, repetitive, chronic but SRK's Elvis impression during the song does help to ease the pain slightly. Also it does get a bit bogged down around the middle with the political angle but only briefly. What stood out the most for me though was the energy that was transmitted onto screen of how much love this film was made with between the 3 producers. You can tell how much fun they had making it which makes you smile even if the actual content doesn't.
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Phir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniBy Praf007 (50 reviews) from Wembley , 16 Sep 2010Story line is good, but let down by poor scenes, typical of bollywood, spoiling a good story line with unnecessary plots. Ending was laughable. SRK not showing any new skills playing the same old repeated roles
CheesyBy dumbolives (269 reviews) from Shetland , 25 Sep 2009Really good fun to watch, if you love the two main actors then I think you will like this. The main story about the 'terrorist' is the driving force of the film but the love story in the background is not too bad either, usual stuff, some songs and cheek to cheek embraces but quite pleasant to watch. The ending kept me on the edge of the seat a bit, will they get to him in time? won't they?Quite a good film I would say.
Lovely movie..By Vandana (13 reviews) from Eastleigh , 16 Jul 2009love to watch again and again.. :)
CRINGE-MAKINGBy SILVERHARP (79 reviews) from Edinburgh, Scotland. , 30 Sep 2008From; SILVERHARP Edinburgh
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
(Aziz Mirza Bollywood 2005)
Assuming that the end product bears any resemblance to the original script, the wonder is why the Director didnt simply walk away. Obviously desperation, or being diagnosed with a terminal condition (thus needing to get in as many genres as possible in the time available), may have played a part.
However, with all the self-delusion of an average reality-show contestant, (or indeed the lead character), Aziz throws caution, (and well-worked tradition), to the wind and sets about his impossible task.
Faced with accommodating a funny-man, (Mr. Bean with the dancing skills of Cliff Richard on a religious rant), ego-mania, terrorism, rape, corruption, romance and patriotism, Aziz declares the layered approach redundant and instead goes blindly forth with a segmented, partitioned, structure instead.
The absence of any character transitional element, however, sets-up an incoherence, (all the more disturbing when related to some of the very serious content), and results in the entire venture looking somewhat of a, sizable, mess.
The other huge problem is that whilst the lead actor plays his serious parts very well, he just doesnt do funny.
And suspension of disbelief is stretched to breaking-point in being asked to believe that this slime-ridden, ego-maniacal, weird hand-gesturing creep could ever attract the attention of the likes of his, classy, ultra-beautiful rival.
Given the realistic feel of the serious parts (not so much in terms of acting as true-to-life scenes) are we being asked (like the lead) to make a giant leap from fun to ground-based concern? Is this a true reflection of modern India? And if so, what does it say about the proposed solutions?
The lead, daft, character metamorphoses into political leader and with dollops of misty-eyed, shallow, patriotism opposes the might of the corrupt state, (in the form of police armed with rifles obviously on loan from the nearest museum), and sets out to free a condemned man. Its hard to believe the police would lose any sleep over the occasional
such protest which leaves them free to carry on business as usual.
Two oddities of note;
A TV Director within a scene is wearing a shirt with numerous swastikas but the Nazi way round (opposite to the old Indian peace symbol).
And why would anyone want their product associated with a condemned man? The jailed terrorist, condemned to death, carries adverts sewn-in to his prison uniform. A prominent one concerns tea. Is the message perhaps; drink tea and die? Have a cup of tea whilst watching a man being hanged? - I suppose if theres nothing much on the telly, eh!
Phir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniBy a customer from Staines , 10 Sep 2008I really enjoyed this film. Carry on Shahrukh, your doing a grand job.