Hume Tumse Pyar Kitna is commendable for bringing up the theme of unwanted attention. Television star Karanvir Bohra bravely gives the role of Dhruv the stalker his best shot. Lean, mean and disoriented, he is reasonably frightening in his persistence. His object of adoration is a celebrity-writer Ananya(Priya Bannerjee), and their game of cat-and-mouse has a certain momentum that is sustained till the end.
However, the narrative fails to bring up the reason for Dhruv’s obsessive behaviour. Is he in love or does he suffer from delusions of love?
The film will immediately remind audience of Yash Chopra’s Darr where Shah Rukh Khan gave a star-making turn as Juhi Chawla’s obsessive lover. And to remind us of Darr, Ms Chawla herself shows up at one point in the story.
As a homage to Shah Rukh Khan’s iconic career-defining role Hume Tumse Pyar Kitna is a reasonably engaging re-mix. The title song originally from the classic 1980s film Kudrat is used in the way the number Jadu teri nazar was used in Darr. The song is used effectively to show how love can transform into a toxic destructive force in the wrong mind.
However it must be mentioned that the stalked girl’s boyfriend (Samir Kochhar)’s role is even sketchier than Sunny Deol’s role in Darr. Secondary characters swish in and out of the plot like confetti blowing out of a new years eve party.
Hume Tumse Pyar Kitna could have done with a more fleshed-out characters and a psychological density that is sorely absent in the haphazard handling of the plot’s crisis line.
Introducing a hardened cynical cop (played by Mahesh Balraj) with a thick accent and thicker volume of Hollywood references on his sharp tongue’s tip, is hardly a help. It serves merely to digress from the main plot and thereby dilute the subject even further.
This one is for fans of Karanvir Bohra who have waited to see him make a smooth transition from television to cinema. His transition is smooth in spite of the choppy waters that the plot negotiates.