This is the first Bollywood movie that I watched in its entirety. I saw it in a movie theatre in India without subtitles. Maybe the atmosphere within the theatre (Indian moviegoers interact with the on-screen events and show their pleasure/displeasure with rousing aplomb, booing and cheering as appropriate, they are not as reserved as their European counterparts) contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the film.
I loved it! For me this is a great movie and I'd recommend it highly to anyone looking to investigate the Bollywood experience. Its an incredibly colourful movie, the set constructed overall in shades of blue (my favourite colour) and the music is 'something else' a blend of Eastern and Western instruments and rhythms used to excellent effect mixed with strong singing voices.
The lead actors did a fine job of holding my attention throughout the film and I left the theatre at the end feeling upbeat and with snatches of music and colourful images reeling in my head. Altogether an excellent introduction to the genre.
Having watched this movie several times now (I bought the DVD)I still rave about it. My knowledge of Bollywood, though scant, is growing and since this movie I have collected several others and contine to enjoy them also. I now know from experience that there are a lot of 'dreadful' Bollywood films around, this is NOT one of them. If you like music, colourful imagary and a storyline that you can identify with, like me, you'll love this movie.