Dil Ka Rishta
Tips Films and Target Films P. Ltd.'s DIL KA
RISHTA, edited-directed by Naresh Malhotra, is
inspired by the English flick MAGNIFICENT
OBSESSION, which was made twice in Hollywood –
in 1935 and subsequently in 1954.
Gulzar's KINARA [Hema Malini-Jeetendra] and
Anubhav Sinha's TUM BIN [Priyanshu-Sandali Sinha]
also tackled a similar theme.
Jai [Arjun Rampal] has everything – dashing
looks, a winsome personality, a heart of gold.
He's a father's pride. And any woman's dream.
The woman of his dreams is the breath-takingly
beautiful Tia [Aishwarya Rai]. But Tia does not
Jai does not give up. Suddenly, events take a
fateful turn. Something devastating happens. Jai
now sees the love, affection and adoration in
Tia's eyes. But now Jai does not reciprocate,
although he loves her silently and intensely.
DIL KA RISHTA can be best described as a simple
story, with some likeable moments, which
eventually bows down to the dictates of
commercial cinema and loses the impact in the
To start with, the film has everything going for
it – a fresh cast, top-notch technicians,
pleasing visuals, but it suffers in that one
department that is the lifeline of any film –
The first half is actually the best part of the
The love triangle is established in the initial
reels itself. The sequences between Aishwarya
Rai and Priyanshu are well penned, evoking the
right emotions. The birthday sequence, for
instance, is an example of good writing and deft
The accident at the interval point raises the
expectations of a better second half, but alas!
The graph of the film slides down in the
post-interval portions. Reason? Predictability!
The second half does not impress mainly because
a) The pace of the film drops considerably. The
story moves at a snail's pace here.
b) The writers (Vrinda Rai and Shabbir Boxwala)
have relied too heavily on the tried and tested
stuff to move the story ahead.
c) The drama is actually missing in this half.
The story stagnates. Even the songs in this half
crop up without valid situations.
Even the climax is weak. For the heroine to
forgive her husband's murderer so easily and
agree to marry the same murderer instantly looks
ridiculous. The writers should've thought of a
better way to culminate the story.
The script leaves a lot to be desired. While the
first half has its share of enjoyable and
entertaining moments, surprisingly, the second
half is devoid of it.
Naresh Malhotra's direction is bogged own by a
half-baked script. Yet, it must be said to the
director's credit that he has handled a couple
of sequences with aplomb. He shows a flair for
light scenes, which is evident in the first
However, as an editor, Malhotra's work is
faulty. The film drags in the second half and
needs to be trimmed by at least 15 minutes for a
Nadeem-Shravan's music is easy on the ears, but
it lacks a hit score – so vital for a love
story. Barring the title track and 'Saajan
Saajan', two decent tracks, the remaining
numbers are plain average. Ashok Mehta's
cinematography is, like always, flawless. Viju
Shah's background music is appropriate. Naeem
Shah's dialogues are just about okay.
Arjun Rampal does a sincere job. He is maturing
into a fine actor. Aishwarya Rai looks
bewitching (like always!) and scores as an
actress. Priyanshu is excellent. He contributes
enormously in making the first half lively.
Rakhee is first-rate. Paresh Rawal doesn't have
a role of substance, yet does his bit well.
On the whole, DIL KA RISHTA stands on a weak
foundation – a predictable script – which will
tell on its business in days to come.