Movie Review: Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)


Movie: Kissi Se Na Kehna

Year of Release: 1983

Starring: Utpal DuttFarooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval and Saeed Jaffery

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

The story is about Kailash Pati (Utpal Dutt) and his quest for an uneducated and simple girl to wed his son. He feels that the girls of the current generation (the 80s) are culturally backward and would not have the same respect and manners that is expected of them. What he doesn’t know is that his son Ramesh (Farooq Shaikh) is in love with a doctor, Ramola (Deepti Naval). Thus, Ramesh takes the help of Lalaji (Saeed Jaffery), Kailash Pati’s friend, and tricks him into believing that Ramola is a village girl whose knowledge of Indian mythology is astounding and who can make amazing Kachoris/Samosas. Things go smoothly as Ramesh and Ramola are married. What follows is a hilarious trail of cover-ups and lies to keep Kailash Pati from finding out the truth.

This is a simple story woven into a funny script. Acting-wise Utpal Dutt gets the maximum points for his show of the compassionate yet strict father and father-in-law. Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval and Saeed Jaffery do justice to the roles entrusted to them. Deven Verma is one character that I felt was unnecessary in the movie. The dialogues are neither over-the-top nor too plain.

Kissi Se Na Kehna is a typical Hrishikesh Mukherjee film that encompasses family values and emotions. It is more of a Hindi film than a Bollywood one, if you know what I mean. Watch it anytime and you won’t get bored.

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