Amit Kumar-Shreya Ghoshal recreate the Kishore Kumar-Lata Mangeshkar number, while Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah attempt to ape the Jeetendra-Sridevi jodi
Naino mein sapna from Himmatwala was an iconic number of the ’80s, and anyone who tries to redo it, will find it tough to recreate the magic. So does director Sajid Khan succeed or fall flat on his face?
As far as the composition goes, music directors Sajid-Wajid don’t add anything new or ear-grabbing to the original. Amit Kumar pays a tribute to his father by singing this song and even though is voice seems digitally modified, it is perfect for the era. Shreya Ghosal tries hard to fill the lofty shoes of Lata Mangeshkar, but the talented singer is unable to do anything special.
Yes, the matkas, the colourful props and the beach setting make this one a great replica of the original, but the blah chemistry between Ajay Devgn and South babe Tamannaah is a major dampener. Ajay looks totally disinterested in doing the Jeetendra style dance moves – he doesn’t even complete some of his steps. It’s almost as if he wanted to get done with all this and move on to shoot the next action sequence. And we really expected a lot more masti from choreographer Farah Khan, who is a self-confessed lover of the cinema of the ’80s. Her dhin tana from Om Shanti Om was a lot funkier.
Tamannaah is definitely one of hottest South sirens, but the cleavage revealing clothes, close-up shots of hips et al just aren’t sexy enough. Guess we miss the curves, the grace and the expressions of Sridevi, even as we watch this one.