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Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 30 November 1995 (India)
An estranged couple battle for the custody of their only son.

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Rohit Kumar
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Master Adil ...
Sunil Kumar 'Sonu'
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Kanhaiya
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Ram Dayal (as Anjan Srivastava)
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Mrs. Dayal (as Rohini Hatangadi)
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Farida (as Tanvi Aazmi)
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Advocate Bhujbal
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Paresh Kapoor (Film Director)
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Kaushikji
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Gulbadan Kumar
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Amarji
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Sunita (Kiran's Friend)
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Moolchand (Grocer)
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Mr. Bhatija (Rohit's Lawyer)
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Rohit Kumar (Aamir Khan) is an aspirant playback singer while Kiran (Manisha Koirala) is a classical singer-in-training, but inside aims to be some thing like Rohit. They meet, relate to each other's sentiments and fall in love. But when Kiran's parents oppose their marriage, they decide to lead a separate life. However, after their marriage, Kiran's ambitions take a back seat as she feels suppressed by her household responsibilities and her child to look after. Time fails to abate Kiran's frustration until she decides to leave Rohit and start a new life all over again. Now a loner, Rohit is forced to look after both his son and his falling career on his own. After some obvious teething troubles, Rohit succeeds in creating a separate world of their own with Sonu, his son. Meanwhile, Kiran incidentally becomes a huge film star. When her attempts to reconcile with Rohit backfire, she decides to call the marriage off and also files a case demanding Sonu's custody. But Rohit is not giving... Written by B.H.Harsh

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Majrooh Sultanpuri and Anu Malik had a major fight during the writing of the songs. Majrooh claimed Anu had already wrote a lot of the lyrics of the songs, and way more than he should've. Majrooh also did not like the lyrics of the song Raja Ko Rani Se and said those were Anu Malik's lyrics, not his. See more »

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Dil Kehta Hai
Written by Majrooh Sultanpuri
Composed by Anu Malik
Performed by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Venus Records & Tapes
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Abhimaan meets Kramer vs. Kramer, and somehow succeeds!
30 August 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Akele Hum Akele Tum is a very entertaining and charming film. The film seems to have been inspired by two films, Abhimaan and Kramer vs. Karmer. Abhimaan showed the rise of one spouse in the music industry to another's fall, and Kramer vs. Kramer showed two separated parents fighting over their child's custody. The film has bits of both films, though it's much more similar to the latter. There are actually several sequences which are copied frame-by-frame, which is annoying, but I did like the fact that it was like an expansion of the Kramer vs. Kramer plot. It's like showing the motives behind Meryl Streep's character's decision to leave her husband, giving a larger view of what could probably have happened in the middle, and ending it up with a more complete ending. That's why this is one remake which is easier to forgive.

Mansoor Khan's direction is very good and it is aided by a very memorable soundtrack and great casting. Anu Malik's music is exceptional and every song stands out (even though some of them, like the film itself, are unoriginal). "Raja Ko Rani Se" is very melodious and romantic, "Aisa Zakham Diya" is youthful and catchy, "Akele Hum Akele Tum" is a great song showing the loving relationship of a father and his son (and the fact that it's actually sung by Udit Narayan and his real-life son Aditya makes it even more convincing), "Dil Mera Churaya Kyon" is beautifully melancholic, and "Dil Kehta Hai" is another amazingly exciting and romantic gem. All the songs are extremely well pictured in the film.

Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala have a fantastic chemistry (I also loved their collaboration in the 1999 film Mann). This is one of Khan's best performances - very mature, very natural, at times restrained and at times temperamental. Koirala is both beautiful and convincing. She is first a young dreamy girl who wants to become a singer, then a married woman, then an angry mother/homemaker whose inferiority complex and dissatisfaction from her life and marriage cause her to try to find a new life, then a reigning singer, then a suffering mother whose determination to get her son back looks almost selfish. She is credible in every shade her character goes through. Tanvi Azmi also gives a very fine performance.

Overall, Akele Hum Akele Tum is a very enjoyable family drama. It has bits of everything and is generally well made, although it does tend to be melodramatic at several sequences. It did bother that some scenes were copied frame-by-frame, but as a whole, it is a decently Indianised film and as already said, it updates and expands the Kramer vs. Kramer plot quite effectively. I'm not saying it's a great film, but it is one of those films which show the magic of Bollywood's 1990s, which may not have had the great technical advances of today, but were much more simple, naive and alluring thanks to their very profound Hindi film style, extremely melodious songs and great human and family values.


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