Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sharukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Kim Sharma, Jimmy Sheirgill, Anupam Kher
Long. Involving. Excessive.
A mysterious, charismatic new music teacher, Raj (Khan) begins at Gurukul Academy, a prestigious all-boys school, run with an iron fist by Headmaster Shankar (Bachchan). He quickly develops a rapport with his impressionable students, encouraging them to pursue their passions. Three of his students, Vicky, Samir, and Karan, find themselves head over heels in love with three unattainable beauties and look to their new teacher for guidance. Bollywood blockbusters are typically epic in length, genre-mixing, tonally varied, and melodramatic. Mohabbatein is a solid film but even among its Bollywood peers, it feels excessive: three and a half hours, overlong speeches, overdone drama at times. On the bright side, it’s vivid, engaging, and boasts a fantastic soundtrack.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-