I watched Hum Aapke Hain Koun for first time and enjoyed it: A millennial’s take on Sooraj Barjatya’s escapist fantasy

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Director Sooraj Barjatya turned a 12 months older right this moment; he’s 55 now. And it appeared like the correct event to look at his legacy-defining blockbuster, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, for the first time just lately on Netflix. Little did I know that I was signing up for an over three-hour-long continuous stream of celebratory songs and occasional strokes of melodrama. And surprisingly, I did take pleasure in it.

Of course, the movie which launched in 1994 is replete with old style gender roles that appears regressive from the vantage level of hindsight. We shouldn’t neglect that the movie was a mirrored image of its instances, the place patriarchy dominated the mainstream with out many challenges. However, we can’t lengthen the identical leniency to Sooraj Barjatya for making Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in 2015. That movie is a sign of Sooraj’s deep-seated conviction to proceed his mission of instructing ladies their place in society. Now, that’s a debate for one other time.

In Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Sooraj marries his observations about a perfect Indian household together with his imaginative and prescient of an ideal world, the place it’s near unimaginable to discover a sight of human struggling. In a means, the movie promotes the concept that the basis explanation for all troubles is the need of individuals for social mobility. And surrendering to the established order ante is the answer to all human sufferings. Imagine, when individuals don’t need issues like social progress, rights, equality and recognition of their abilities. A society the place mediocrity is widely known, fed, nourished and revered.

In the utopian fantasy of Sooraj, working-class persons are so grateful that their boss’s household treats them with respect and kindness. Maybe they felt it was an enchancment, from dominant-class cruelty. And the ladies are content material with taking part in the second fiddle to males of their lives. They don’t nurture an ambition of their very own and they’re satisfied that the very motive they have been put on earth was to help and entertain males. Every character that populates Sooraj’s fantasy in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, sort of behaves that they reside beneath a monarchy. They have a sworn obligation to serve the throne, which is adorned by the boys of the Nath household (Kailash Nath, Rajesh Nath and Prem Nath). Yes, this movie sells loads of problematic concepts. No two questions on it.

However, for a minute, let’s low cost the questionable concepts that Sooraj’s movie promotes and purchase into the premise of his fantasia. When you think about Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! purely from a cinematic perspective, this movie is a revelation. It is kind of gusty of Sooraj to solely consider a movie, sans main narrative jolts, by way of engrossing sing-a-longs, elaborately choreographed, high-energy dance numbers with no trace of disappointment. It is a celebration of life that hardly understands ache. So a lot in order that, there isn’t any track to mourn the dying of an necessary character. Mind you, this can be a movie the place everybody breaks right into a track and dance, on the drop of a hat.

And the Nath household will get over the ache of irreplaceable loss over a number of awfully-written melodramatic strains and begins planning for one other marriage ceremony. That’s how a lot Sooraj despises the thought of grief and the human drama that follows it.

And but, it’s such enjoyable to look at this escapist fantasy. Especially due to its strong music composed by Raam Laxman. The songs sung by SP Balasubramaniam and Lata Mangeshkar stays the mainstay.

Also, Salman Khan’s efficiency was a revelation. Who thought he might transfer like that? He is so fluid on this movie versus his trademark rigidity we’ve grown accustomed to.

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