ZKH a wholesome clean entertainer

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Posted by SIFY MOVIES ( on October 04, 2002 at 16:26:29:

In Reply to: ZKH posted by P A B L O on September 21, 2002 at 10:35:52:

While most of her contemporaries are busy doing mainstream commercial films with big names, Tabu yet again comes up with a surprisingly good much-smaller film, starring singer Gurdas Mann opposite her. ZKH is the first- ever-Hindi film to be produced by Manjeet Maan who had earlier given a superhit Punjabi film, Shaheed-E-Mohabbat, which also starred the singer-actor.

The film revolves around Amar (Gurdass Mann), a struggling actor. Amar makes a living singing at a nightclub till he finds success as an actor. At his workplace, he is constantly surrounded by call girls who frequent the place and thatís where he meets Shalu (Tabu). She is a focused girl whose aim is to get everything life has denied her. Though they are very different as people, they become soul mates and start telling each other of their desires, dreams and aspirations. In the same city lives Gul Baloch (Ashish Vidhyarthi), an underworld don. He has a mentally challenged eight-year-old daughter Jamila (Baby Chandani), who is obsessed with Amar so much so that Gul Baloch even has Amar kidnapped for his daughterís happiness. But despite his anger, Amar feels for the helpless father and decides to make Jamila happy by befriending her. And his involvement also makes her feel better mentally and she starts making progress in her overall development. After escaping a near fatal attempt at his life, one day the don requests Amar to adopt Jamila in case he loses his life in any inter-gang mishap. Knowing how insecure his life is, he tells Amar to look after his daughter after him. And the Good Samaritan he is, Amar takes up the responsibility of the child. At the same time, he decides to take Jamila and Shalu to his home in Himachal Pradesh after Shalu tells him of her lifelong dream, which has her living with her family in a hill station. There they live life a perfect family, away from all the stress and tension of the city. And in this pleasurable environment, Shalu and Amar fall in love while play-acting a happy and content family. But Shaluís dream crashes once they return to the city, when Amar gets three offers from a reputed filmmaker. She goes back to her life of drinking, partying and debauchery once again, but Amar wants to change her and tells her that he will marry her if she turns a new leaf. Unfortunately for Amar, his life changes on the day he is to get launched as a star after he hears the news of Gul Balochís death. Knowing that his beloved Jamilaís life is in danger, he has a dilemma - he has to choose between Jamila, his career or Shalu and his dream.

Whatís good about ZKH is that since there were no expectations from this film, the audience will be surprised to find a decently above average movie. Even though it lacks star power and is a bit slow at times, the flick boasts of some brilliant performances by Tabu and Mann. Tabu proves once again that all she requires is an able script and role to come up with an award winning performance. Gurdas Mann follows her with an impressive act. Technically, its average fare - Anand Raaj Anand and Hemantís music is melodious but not commercial enough to do well and though the lyrics by Dev Kohli, Nida Fazli, Sooraj Sanim and Shyam Balkar are good, something is lacking. Omkar Bhakriís editing is average, so is the action by Shyam Kaushal, but Yogesh Jaani and Ravi Bhatís cinematography deserves a mention. Over all, itís a good attempt at making a wholesome clean entertainer. Still, watch ZKH for Tabu- sheís good even in this Pheeki-si Zindagi tale!

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