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After the mysterious disappearance of her maid, butler, and gardener, Mrs. Sandra Williams, the wife of Major Frank, who lives in a palatial house with two children, Sara and David, writes ... See full summary »

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Major Frank John Williams / Frank James Williams
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Sandra Williams
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Virendra 'Viru' (Guest Appearance)
Moushumi Chatterjee ...
Mrs. Martha Pinto
Hansika Motwani ...
Sara Williams (as Baby Hansika)
Master Aman ...
David Williams
Prem Chopra ...
Anita's husband
Vikram Gokhale ...
Virendra's boss
Suhasini Mulay ...
Anita
Abhijit Lahiri ...
Edgar
Seema Rahmani ...
Maria
Shitla Kashyap
Fazal Rahman
Master Vicky ...
Vicky
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After the mysterious disappearance of her maid, butler, and gardener, Mrs. Sandra Williams, the wife of Major Frank, who lives in a palatial house with two children, Sara and David, writes a letter to the local employment agency to get replacements. Martha Pinto, in the company of Edgar and Maria, a dumb woman, apply for these vacancies. Sandra hires them, explains that her children's eyes may be damaged by sunlight, the curtains are to be drawn at all times, as she gets migraines by any loud noise everyone must remain quiet, there is no electricity and all work must be done during the daytime, and the entire house is candle-lit. The staff get busy with their work, and it is then Sarah tells her mom that she has noticed other people in the house that are visible to her only, and she draws the picture of a male, a female (his wife), their son, Vicky, and an elder woman with magical powers. Sandra disbelieves her, but when she starts feeling someone's presence in her house, as well as ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The makers paid homage to Amitabh Bachchan & Dharmendra's most successful pairing, from the film Sholay (1975) by reprising a similar scene, Amitabh who plays the role of Frank and Dharmendra who plays the role of Virendra, Frank says "Nahi, Viru" and Viru responds "Magar Frank." In Sholay Amitabh's character is called Jai, so the dialogue is "Magar Jai". Amitabh Bachchan screen name was different whilst Dharmendra had the same screen name as he had in Sholay. See more »

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An excellent movie
24 May 2009 | by (Opoczno, Poland) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's a remake. So what? Sometimes it seems like one of the greatest compliments Hollywood can ever give to a foreign movie is exactly that: it's so good that it deserves an American remake. However, when Bollywood does the same thing, it's immediately considered plagiarism or even worse, stealing. I firmly disagree with such an approach. In India, the same thing is true: without a home-made remake, the movie would probably not be seen at all. Therefore, what really counts, are the merits of the movie itself. If the story is good, does it really matter whether the script is original, based on a book, based on real life, or based on another movie? In my opinion Hum Kaun Hai is a masterpiece. A thrilling movie with a fascinating storyline and equally fascinating characters, all excellently portrayed by the actors who play them. I've been watching it in full concentration, and couldn't help being completely absorbed in a way that happens to me rarely, till the very last minute.

I am pleasantly surprised by the fact that the creators of the movie have carefully avoided the numerous traps one can see way too often in Bollywood movies: songs, dance, colourful clothes, heart-touching love stories, children with watery eyes, unlikely coincidences, artificial happy endings, misplaced comedians trying to be funny... None of these are the case in Hum Kaun Hai. For a Bollywood movie, it is a fairly atypical one, and in my humble opinion it's one of the best Bollywood movies I have ever seen.

It should be mentioned that the lack of songs of entirely made up for by a wonderful background score that is pretty much a masterpiece in itself.

I heartily recommend this movie. It deserves to be watched and subsequently judged by its own merits, not merely by comparing it to another movie.


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