FRIDAY film: REHMAT ALI

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By MITHUN MAGIC
  • Published 5.03.10
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Mithun and Rituparna at the music launch of Rehmat Ali. (Aranya Sen)

Directed by: Partha Ghosh

Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta, Roopa Ganguly, Rajatava Datta

A Mithun film is, well, a Mithun film. Fiery dialogues, item numbers, a dash of romance, dollops of dhishum-dhishum (in slo-mo, of course) and the shower of ceetis and taalis before the curtains come down. Rehmat Ali is no different. So what if it’s a remake of Partha Ghosh’s own Nana Patekar-Raveena Tandon-starrer Ghulam-E-Mustafa.

Mithun plays to the gallery, yet again, as the messiah. But since it’s Mithun you are not going to yawn. As the opening credits end, Mithun sets the tone: “Jar naamer aage Rehmat ar pore Ali, shara jannat tar jonno bajay taali!” And you know what to expect in the next two hours.

Rehmat Ali lives for one mission — wiping out evil and saving the rest. And then he meets the sexy bar dancer Sapna (Rituparna). The two romance at the Ramoji Rao Film City in Hyderabad till Sapna dies in a bomb blast, orchestrated by Rehmat’s rivals. The shattered man now dedicates his life to saving a family of four (Roopa is the lady of the house here) from a notorious goon (Rajatava).

Thumbs up: The Mithun-Rituparna chemistry is there for all to see. And, of course, the item number Jhakas, where our heroine no. 1 looks, well, jhakas!

Thumbs down: Ghosh has borrowed heavily from his Bolly film no doubt, but Rehmat Ali is not half as engaging as Ghulam-E-Mustafa.