March 26, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Hum Tum Aur Ghost is a 2010 Hindi Movie starring Arshad Warsi and Dia Mirza in lead roles. The Hindi film is directed by Kabeer Kaushik. Hum Tum Aur Ghosh is a disappointing fare.
- Rating: 2 out of 5*
- Starring: Arshad Warsi, Dia Mirza, Boman Irani, Sandhya Mridul and Zehra Naqvi
- Director: Kabeer Kaushik
Hot shot fashion photographer in London, Armaan Suri (Arshad) always spends his nights drunk and sleeping on a railway station bench. We are soon revealed that he hears dead people’s talking. What more? He even encounters dead people! He hides this fact with his girlfriend Gehna (Dia). The leader of sorts of the dead people Mr. Kapoor (Boman) tries to convince Armaan to make use of his special ability for the good of the dead people by helping them fulfill their last wishes. While Armaan resists initially, he finally decides to help by listening to them and picking the one whom he wants to help. He chooses a lady (Zehra) who is hunting for her four year old son. He also helps Mr. Kapoor to give his wife (Asavari Joshi) her dues and save her from the tyranny of their own son. But as Armaan’s quest for helping the dead mother find her lost son deepens, Gehna starts feeling he is losing it big time. She speaks to Armaan’s psychiatrist (Shernaz Patel) and her fears only multiply. What follows after Armaan and Gehna reach Goa from London to find out the lost son forms the rest of the film!
Kabeer Kaushik directed Hum Tum Aur Ghost film appears a fantastic idea on paper which in its execution could have been made into a hilarious film with some very good emotional moments thrown in. But sadly the film ends up being a long yawn inducing bore. After establishing the fact that Armaan has a special ability, the film drops pace big time. Again the big revelation in the end is something you see coming long before the film reaches there. The track between Sandhya Mridul, Dia and Arshad may remind one of Bridget Jones’s Diary part 2. Also the humour doesn’t really work. Scenes between Boman and Arshad could have been funnier. But well there are some good things too like for instance the acting and some good emotional sequences well enacted by the actors. The cinematography by Ashok Mehta is outstanding and has captured the UK locales very well. Music by Shankar Ehsaan and Loy is however a big let down. Kabeer who gave us the superb Sehar and a lack luster Chamku appears out of form in here.
Arshad who has also written the film’s story and is part of the scripting team excels more as an actor than as a writer. Known to be very good in funny roles, he shows he can be as good in emotional roles as well. Dia never looked so angelic before. She and Arshad share good chemistry too. Boman is good as usual. Zehra Naqvi last seen playing Arshad’s wife in Goal (2007) fits the part. Sandhya Mridul doesn’t get much scope.
Hum Tum Aur Ghost may end up disappointing you big time if you go in with any expectations. Take your call.
REVIEW 2:deadweight script, dead bore film
Film: ‘Hum Tum Aur Ghost’; Cast: Arshad Warsi, Dia Mirza, Sandhya Mridul, Boman Irani; Director: Kabir Kaushik; Rating: ** 1/2
The sheer delight of watching Arshad Warsi play the lead rather the supremely self-assured sidekick gives this otherwise pale romantic comedy a cutting edge.
Arshad in his own words plays a guy, who can see dead people. Wish he could see dead plots too.
The screenplay by Arshad, Soumik Sen and Arshad Ali Syed is a deadweight carried forward not by any inward conviction or compulsion, but by the producer-leading man’s will to create a slick and cool space for himself within the stifling space allotted to a one-note film about friendly spirits and a disbelieving girlfriend.
The romantic lady Dia Mirza is very adept at expressing energetic exasperation. She is whiny, clingy and bossy just like over-protective girlfriends tend to be. Arshad is very skilled at conveying the killing anxieties of cautious courtship. He reminds one of Saif Ali Khan in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, though we and this baggy film are not even going there.
Arshad is ill-supported by poor writing. His character’s three-layered encounter with ghosts and their pre-burial trauma is at the most, cinematic knick-knack bereft of any subtext or layering.
Director Kabir Kaushik was far more successful getting Arshad to play a tough gritty idealistic cop in ‘Saher’. Here the bewildered lover boy with a hotline to the supernatural is just not in his element.
The narrative is so shallow at times that you wonder if there are ghosts of relevance hovering beyond the range of vision. But no. What we see is what we get.
While the plot totters along at a sluggish pace, sporadic moments of humour and warmth creep in willy-nilly. These are too infrequent to sustain our interest.
However, the chemistry between Arshad and Dia is first rate. They clutch at each other without awkwardness and speak to one another as though the words were not conscious of the camera. Wish this film was just about ‘Hum’ and ‘Tum’. The Ghost could have been left to the (Night) Shyamalans and Vikram Bhatts of the cine world.
Some of the music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is hummably romantic. Ashok Mehta’s cinematography creates a picture postcard world of over cute confections. Sadly, these are not even true confections, just artificial chocolates packed into a neat box and gift-wrapped for a unit desperate to do a desi take on the American romantic comedy.
Arshad gets it right. The rest just don’t get the point. They see dead people. We see a dead film.