Title: Hum Tum (2004)
Director: Kunal Kohli
Starring: Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan
Hum Tum was one of my favorite films out of the 10-film run in my previously-mentioned period of being Netflix-stalked by Rani Mukerji. If you are a romantic comedy fan and looking to give Bollywood a try, this is a great starter film (probably better than the usual intro-to-Bollywood film most of us get, Bride and Prejudice…because that movie wasn’t great over all). It’s got enough Bollywood to wet your whistle without overwhelming those who may not be used to that style, and the final package is as well, or better polished and delivered than many U.S. mainstream romantic comedies.
Immature cartoonist Karan tries to impress serious Rhea on their flights from India to Amsterdam to New York…and fails. While on layover in Amsterdam, they seem to be calling a truce, until Karan crosses the line and plants a kiss on her. Over the years that follow, Karan and Rhea meet and part several times. They develop a friendship based predominantly on mutual harassment and Rhea ordering him to “Shut up, Karan!” Since I’ve already told you it’s a romantic comedy, it should be no surprise that the conflict comes in these two trying to transition from friends to lovers. The plot is heavily inspired by When Harry Met Sally, a fact openly admitted by the director. Since I only know the one scene from When Harry Met Sally (we all know the one), and that’s not in this version, I can’t really speak to how similar they really are.
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