Roshan Chehra Movie
A love story with newcomers, if well told,
always proves the dark horse.
CHAND SA ROSHAN CHEHRA follows the same path
that Nasir Husain pursued in HUM KISISE KUM
NAHIN [Rishi Kapoor, Kaajal Kiran, Tariq],
Mansoor Khan embarked upon in QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT
TAK and Sooraj R. Barjatya tackled in MAINE PYAR
CHAND SA ROSHAN CHEHRA is the archetypal love
story, with mushy romance, lovers' tiffs and
misunderstandings, parental opposition et al
packed in those two hours. But what works in its
favour are three factors -- the lead man's
performance [Samir Aftab], melodious music [Jatin-Lalit]
and some dramatic moments the film has to offer.
But what also goes against it is its mundane
plot, witnessed since time immemorial. CHAND SA
ROSHAN CHEHRA has its share of loose ends, with
a predictable plot topping the list.
CHAND SA ROSHAN CHEHRA tells the story of Raj [Samir
Aftab] and Jiya [Tamanna], who love each other
since childhood. But Jiya's opportunist father
Oberoi [Kiran Kumar] does not approve of the
Raj has not been able to forget Jiya for even a
day. Before her demise, Raj's mother desired
that Raj should marry Jiya. In a sudden twist of
fate, Raj gets a chance to go abroad
[Switzerland], now Jiya's home.
Raj bumps into Jiya time and again, but they
don't see eye to eye. The duo is completely
unaware of the other's identity. Raj also meets
Firdaus and a friendship develops between them,
which is not liked by Firdaus' fianc?nd Raj
lands in trouble, only to be bailed out by
Raj wins the music competition which infuriates
Jiya no end and she gets Raj beaten up by some
local goons. Raj now seeks revenge and in the
process, both get to know that they are each
other's lost love.
Raj visits Jiya's engagement ceremony and is
heartbroken to see Jiya getting engaged to
someone else [Dilip Thadeshwar]. Jiya is
heart-broken as well and wants to call off her
engagement. Soon, Oberoi also gets to know the
truth about Raj.
How Raj confronts Oberoi forms the crux of the
CHAND SA ROSHAN CHEHRA relies on the age-old
concept of a man going all out to win his love.
Any love story is incomplete without dramatic
moments and CHAND SA ROSHAN CHEHRA has that in
CHAND SA ROSHAN CHEHRA starts off rather
impressively, but it slowly turns out to be a
routine saga. But things gather momentum when
Jiya learns of Raj's true identity.
Post-interval, the drama continues to soar, with
the engagement song, 'Woh Din Yaad Karo', being
However, once the battlelines are drawn --
between Raj and Oberoi -- you expect the story
to reach the culmination, but the time it takes
to reach the climax is long drawn and very, very
Director Shahab Shamsi has handled a few
dramatic sequences well. But the narrative is
quite inconsistent, with a number of songs
coming back to back soon after the interval.
Also, the film is very lengthy in the second
part and should've been trimmed by at least
Writer Jalees Sherwani's screenplay gets
interesting towards the second half. But for any
love story to succeed, it ought to be
embellished with clap-trap situations and scenes
that tug your heartstrings, which CHAND SA
ROSHAN CHEHRA has in minimal doses. Jalees'
dialogues are quite nice. Cinematography [Karim
Khatri] is appropriate.
Jatin-Lalit's music is an asset. 'Woh Din Yaad
Karlo Sanam' and 'Doli Leke Aaye Hain' are the
CHAND SA ROSHAN CHEHRA acts as a showreel for
Samir Aftab. He gets to do what the conventional
hero does in Hindi films. And Samir does it very
well. The debutante is photogenic, acts
confidently and carries the film on his
shoulders. Incidentally, he reminds you of the
young Aamir Khan at times.
Tamanna is quite raw at places, but you
gradually start liking her. She acts better in
the second half. Kiran Kumar is in form after a
long time. Talat Aziz is appropriate. Kishori
Shahane Vij and Himani Shivpuri [music teacher]
are efficient. Vijayendra is alright. Dilip
Thadeshwar doesn't get much scope.
On the whole, CHAND SA ROSHAN CHEHRA will have
to rely on the youth to leave a mark.