Welcome to the world of Ajay Bakshi (Shah Rukh Khan) and Ria Banerjee (Juhi Chawla), journalists working with rival television channels, K-TV and Galaxee, respectively. Encouraged by their bosses, Kaka Chowdhary (Satish Shah) and Mr Chinoy (Dalip Tahil), the two indulge in a game of one-upmanship, or one-upwomanship as the case may be. Which gives them a chance to break into a song every now and then, proclaiming 'I am the best!' The plot takes a serious turn when the two get caught in an ugly political battle between chief minister Mushran (Govind Namdeo) and opposition leader Ramakant Dua (Shakti Kapoor). This is where the film gets enmeshed in cliches -- with portrayals of the predictable politician-journo nexus, the mandatory rape scene, the helpless police commissioner (Anjan Srivastava) and an innocent victim (Paresh Rawal.) And, finally, a belief in the power of the common man.
If you want a bit of comedy, a bit of action, a bit of romance, a bit of politics and some very enjoyable music and dance, well, this is the movie to watch ! Personnaly i love shahrukh and juhi together, and he excels in roles which give him much more to do than just romance a girl... I would've given it 5 stars, but i got really annoyed that it didn't have subtitles for the songs !!!!! (its the same for the DIL SE dvd !) even though you can understand what the song is about (and you can also check the songs on YOUTUBE with subtitles !!), the songs are just as important as the rest... especially in this movie, the song PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI says quite a lot in relation to the movie (but other than that, its always nice to know what they're saying !!!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring political satire served with a sweetener of comedy and romance, May 5, 2009 By Lyn "musicolit" (Melbourne Australia) - See all my reviews This movie is about 2 rival TV reporters (Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chalwa). The SRK character is a characature of a superficial egotistical TV personality. Juhi's is the smart girl who keeps checkmating him and showing herself to be his equal - with some developing romantic interest simmering between them. At one point the subject matter becomes more serious - about the way media and police can be political lackeys; that 'truth' is manipulated for ambition, political aspirations and greed, and that the common man can be caught up as a a disposable pawn in these games. This starts as a comedy and has periods where it reverts to that throughout. It is also a bit of a romance though the emphasis isnt really on that either. At base it is a movie that is delivering a strong and important message to corruption ridden India -do you stand up for truth or allow yourself to be manipulated? It maintains a weaving in and out of seriousness and lightheartedness to make the material more palatable to a larger audience. However it is very clear on its agenda. This isn't just one of those trivial comedies. It has a lot more substance. If you like Bollywood you'll be happy to have this delivered with a mix of melodrama at times and even hamminess in the 'comedy' bits. But it also has its serious stuff and is about truth and idealism. It isn't one for arthouse devotees and it can be just watched for its comedy and good story. Shahrukh and Juhi are ideally cast and very watchable. While SRK does some of his 'clown prince' hamminess early on as the egotist, he also does his idealistic, 'pull-at-the heartstring monologues'. Juhi is a good foil for both. But the movie also belongs to Paresh Rawal who is superb as the common man who gets caught as a pawn in political games. Johnny Lever is good too and won an award for his comic performance here. I was impressed by this one as it is very incisive and yet tries to be lightly satiric about it. It reminded me of the old Ealing comedies. The music is all good and there's some good dance too. If you don't like violent Hindi movies, be aware there are some riot scenes and a few shootings etc in this but I didn't find them troubling nor graphic as depicted. They were very important to context. It isn't a violent movie though. Elsewhere on the Net it tends to rate average to above average. It does get a varying response though with many rating it just average and almost as many giving it either full marks or close to that. Definitely a keeper for me.