Hum Kaun Hai?
|Hum Kaun Hai?|
|Directed by||Ravi Shankar Sharma|
|Based on||The Others (2001) by Alejandro Amenábar|
|Box office||47 Lakh|
Hum Kaun Hai? is a 2004 Bollywood horror film starring Dimple Kapadia, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in lead roles. The film is directed by Ravi Shankar Sharma. It is a remake of the American film The Others starring Nicole Kidman. The film Was a box office failure.
After the mysterious disappearance of her maid, butler, and gardener, Mrs. Sandra Williams, the wife of Major Frank, who lives in a palatial house with two children, Sara and David, writes a letter to the local employment agency to get replacements. Martha Pinto, Edgar And Maria (a mute woman) apply for these vacancies. Sandra hires them and also lets know that her children's eyes suffer from a condition that could cause them to be damaged by sunlight, hence the curtains are to be drawn at all times. Also she gets migraines by any loud noise, hence everyone must remain quiet, there is no electricity and all work must be done during the daytime, and the entire house is candle-lit. The staff gets busy with their work, and it is then Sarah tells her mom that she has noticed other people in the house that are visible to her only, and she draws the picture of a male, a female (his wife), their son, Vicky, and an elder woman with magical powers. Sandra disbelieves her, but when she starts feeling someone's presence in her house, as well as hearing noises, she decides to investigate. She finds out that the letter she had sent to the employment agency is still lying in the mailbox. She must now find out how Martha, Edgar and Maria came to know of the vacancies, and of the presence of an album with dead people's photos. Watch as events beyond her control unfold, leading her, Sara and David face to face with the other unseen people in this household.
- Amitabh Bachchan: Frank James Willams/ Major Frank John Willams(Dual role)
- Dharmendra : Virendra “Viru”
- Dimple Kapadia : Sandra Willams
- Moushumi Chatterjee : Marthaa Pinto
- Seema Rahmani : Maria
- Abhijit Lahiri : Edgar
- Hansika Motwani : Saraha William
- Master Rehmaan : David
- Vikram Gokhale : Virendra boss(Cameo Appearance)
- Suhasini Mulay : Anita(Special Appearance)
- Prem Chopra : Anita Husband(Special Appearance)
- Master Vicky : Vicky(Special Appearance)
Arnab Banerjee of Hindustan Times gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and commented, "Mystical elements as a genre seldom catch the fancy of Bollywood. It comes as a whiff of fresh air thus to see supernatural elements woven into mainstream format in a film." Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave the film 1.5 out of five stars, calling it "an experiment that may find its share of believers and non-believers." Adarsh praised the performances, particularly Kapadia's, writing that the film "revolves mostly around Dimple Kapadia's beliefs and perceptions and the actress is up to the task of making it look one thousand per cent convincing. Undeniably talented, Dimple's performance can be rightly referred to as the soul of the enterprise." BBC's Manish Gajjar commended Kapadia's work and argued that the film "has a great screenplay." Malishka Mendonsa of Rediff concluded in a negative review, "Hum Kaun Hai did not answer any questions for me. Instead, it left me asking, 'theatre mein iss waqt hum kyun hai? [Why are we in this theatre?]'" Rama Sharma of The Tribune, however, called it an "enthralling suspense thriller", and further noted, "With no smiles, no songs it is a clean spooky affair. Go for it if you have the spunk." it was released in Bengali dubbed version named 'ORA KARA'at same time.
- Banerjee, Arnab (1 December 2004). "Hum Kaun Hai". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 7 March 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- Adarsh, Taran (3 September 2004). "Hum Kaun Hai". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- Gajjar, Manish (3 September 2004). "Hum Kaun Hai". BBC. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- Mendonsa, Malishka (3 September 2004). "Why is Amitabh in Hum Kaun Hai?". Rediff. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- Sharma, Rama (5 September 2004). "Enthralling suspense thriller". The Tribune. Retrieved 30 December 2011.