Despite a track record of flops, Kaushik has extracted remarkable performances from the star cast of this emotional saga.
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai once again brings together the Taal duo of Aishwarya Rai and Anil Kapoor under the directorial baton of Kapoor camp favourite, Satish Kaushik.
Preeti (Aishwarya Rai) comes from a conservative middle class family. One day she witnesses the brutal murder of an innocent man and testifies against the assailant. This brave step changes the course of her life. Hunted down by the assailant’s brother, Puru Raaj Kumar, she is raped and her life is ruined. Humara Dil Aapke Paas Hai
This leads to her family disowning her as they are more concerned with the ‘izzat’ (respect) of the family. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, she finds a saviour in Avinash (Anil Kapoor). He has somewhat of a unstable family life himself – his father bears two illegitimate children with his mistress, and Avinash brings them up as his own. They live together, sharing a platonic relationship, along with the two illegitimate children as a happy film. Phew!
The twist in the tale comes with the entry of Kushi (Sonali Bendre), Avinash’s childhood friend who has always wanted to marry him. The focus of the story now shifts from Preeti’s anguish after the trauma she has been through, to a love triangle between the three lead characters.
A supporting cast of Anupam Kher, Jaspal Bhatti and Johny Lever provides comic relief in this tearjerker that leaves you feeling emotionally drained. The surprise package in the film is Puru Raaj Kumar, who makes a huge impact as a villain of few words. For someone who was written off as a non-actor, this film gives his career the much needed push.
Humara Dil Aapke Paas Hai delivers a strong social message and leaves the viewer thinking. The songs are melodious (music by Sanjeev-Dashan) and are well pictured in glamorous locales. With a novel story and good performances all round, Satish Kaushik has managed to deliver the goods.