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Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
Directed by: Prem R Soni
Producer by: Ronnie Screwvala, Sohail Khan
Starring: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sohail Khan, Govinda, Preity Zinta...... Haseena Jagmagiya (Special appearance), Sajid, Bappi Lahiri, Yash Tonk, Nauheed Cyrusi, Mahek Chhal
Music Dir: Sajid Wajid

Main Aur Mrs Khanna directed by Prem Soni has Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor as Mr and Mrs Khanna. The movie also stars Sohail Khan in a supporting role along with many special appearances. Unlike the 90s, triangular love stories are no longer a sure-shot formula for box-office success. Can Main Aur Mrs Khanna turn it around for a genre that Bollywood is most known for?

Main Aur Mrs Khanna reminds you of those many melodramatic romantic movies of the 80s and 90s and has arrived a good 15 years late. Television director Prem Soni's direction is quite simply outdated for today's audience. What make the movie worse are those numerous background sounds / noises and the corny dialogues.

Though Main Aur Mrs Khanna is short on runtime (2 hours), it should ideally have been way shorter. Preity's not happening dance number, which ironically is titled 'Happening' is heavily inspired by the Bachchan's 'Kajra Re' from Bunty Aur Babli. The item number was unnecessary and so were the scenes involving Bappi Lahiri...

But the problem lies in the script, which is filled with glaring flaws. The screenplay seems disjointed and many questions are left unanswered like the lack of communication between the Khanna's when Mr Khanna is in Singapore. And while Mr Khanna refuses he accepts calls for months, he resurface out of nowhere one fine day. Also, can't Raina (Kareena's character) afford a cell phone? And what's with her buying a posh apartment, days after securing a job at the Melbourne Airport?

The music is good and so is the cinematography.

Coming to the performances, Salman Khan does reasonably well. But I can't help but wonder why he accepted this film. In poorly written characters, Kareena Kapoor rises above the script and delivers her best performance since Jab We Met. She looks gorgeous through the film. Sohail Khan's provides some much needed fun. Deepika Padukone appearance is a pleasant surprise.

To sum up, Main Aur Mrs Khanna is outdated, immature and fails to make an emotional connect with the audience.

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