The cute boy in Bobby went to college, found love and fell right in the middle of a Hitchcockian mystery thriller! Thats a one-line summary of Khel Khel Mein (All in play) but it doesn't even begin to tell you how awesome this teen thriller is. I have just finished watching it and am still under the spell of R. D. Burman's music and Rishi-Neetu's cuteness!
Ajay (Rishi Kapoor) is new in college and falls prey to the class dude Vicky's (Rakesh Roshan) practical jokes. Matters soon come to a head and the two have a free-for-all in the college canteen. Having cleared the air with some well-aimed punches, the two become fast friends. Ajay begins to hang out with Vicky and his friend Nisha (Neetu Singh).
Being the smart lad that he is, Ajay soon figures out that Nisha is the light of his eyes and the moon of his nights. The lovelorn youth makes various attempts to convey his heartfelt sentiments to the his beloved but is unable to utter the three magic words - I Love You. Nisha finally steps up and does the job. Their love is joy to behold - it finds expression in the best love duet in moviedom!
Didnt know love could be expressed in head-shakes?
Vicky is happy for his friends but doesnt let their new-found feelings for each other interfere with their practical jokes. For their latest joke, they write to the miserly jeweller, Ghanshyamdas (Janakidas), threatening to kill him unless he pays up Rs 50,000 to the "Black Cobra". To the trio's surprise, the intimidated Ghanshyamdas leaves the money at the place appointed in the letter.
Faced with an unearned fortune, their first instinct is to return the money. But Vicky thinks that returning Rs. 50,000 to its rightful owner is a delicate task and calls for a subtle approach. They decide to sleep on the problem but the morrow brings trouble - Ghanshyamdas has been murdered during the night and the police suspect that the murderer is the writer of their extortion note! The police are scouring the town for the typewriter that typed the note and the friends worry that Nisha's typewriter may falsely implicate them in murder.
Their practical joke has landed them bang in the middle of a mystery-thriller that Hichcock might have envied and they are absolutely clueless! From here on things get more tangled and the hapless trio get sucked deeper into murder - they are followed by a mysterious stranger, people around them start getting murdered and the police gets uncomfortably close to implicating them in this frightening round of murder and extortion.
I cant tell you anymore without ruining the suspense. Suffice it to say that the d'enouement is satisfyingly surprising and climactic.
Reasons to watch the movie:
1. Very high cuteness quotient - did I mention how cute Rishi-Neetu were?
2. Great thrill value - didnt know how frightening graveyards can be? Rishi-Neetu and the mysterious stranger will enlighten you. Cant remember when the tabla was used to scarify before, to such good effect!
3. The fashions - from Rakesh Roshan's lovely cross-on-a-chain to Lalita Pawar's shorts and the trio's great costumes, the movie is a veritable fashion delight. From beautiful to fugly - you get them all!
4. The songs - Humne tumko dekha, Haaye din pyaar ke aaye, Ek main aur ek tu, Khullam khulla pyaar karenge, Sapna mera tut gaya - bouncy and fun numbers that you can still dance to. RD rocks!
Reasons not to watch the movie:
1. I am thinking about it...
2. Nope, cant come up with any!