Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

As Indian film mogul Bharat Shah languishes in jail, his long awaited and controversially held back release Chori Chori Chupke Chupke finally hits British cinemas.

DIRECTED by Abbas Mustan, the man who gave us thrillers Baazigar, Darr and Soldier, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (CCCC) stars muscle man Salman Khan and gorgeous Bollywood babes Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta. The film tells the story of Raj (Salman) and Priya (Rani) Malhotra, a young couple who meet and fall in love after a chance meeting at a friend’s wedding.

A bhangra dance and organised meeting later, the pair marries and settles down with Raj’s model Indian family. The domestic boat is rocked when Raj’s grandfather, played by Bollywood bad man Amrish Puri, begins nagging the couple to bear him a great grandchild. All too obligingly the couple set the wheels in motion only to see Priya have a hysterectomy after a complicated miscarriage.

With Priya unable to bear a child, the duo rack their brains to come up with a solution to providing a family heir. Ruling out adoption, the pair opt for a baby by a surrogate mother. But what kind of Indian woman would be willing to bear a child and hand it over to a strange couple? Enter Madhoo (Prity Zinta), a cheap prostitute working in a dance club come brothel.

Raj approaches Madhoo with irresistible offer – a child in exchange for 10 lakh rupees and the pleasure of his company for one night. What’s a girl to do? Madhoo readily accepts and begins her transformation from cheap tart to expectant mother. After some saucy scenes lifted straight from the Juila Roberts/Richard Gere film Pretty Woman, the couple take Priya and fly off to Switzerland (where else?!) to pass the nine months in hiding before they return to India to present their ailing grandfather with a golden child.

Can Priya bear to let her husband bed another woman? Can Madhoo repress her true feelings for Raj? Will Raj’s grandfather find out the real identity of his grandchild’s mother? All is revealed in the usual Bollywood style of high drama, colourful songs sequences and tear-jerking climax.

It’s not easy for a film to live up to the hype that is often generated around it, but luckily CCCC manages to do this. The somewhat risqué storyline and great performances by actresses Rani

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