Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic
|Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic|
|Directed by||Kunal Kohli|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Written by||Kunal Kohli|
|Starring||Saif Ali Khan|
|Edited by||Amitabh Shukla|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
|Budget||₹230 million (US$3.2 million)|
|Box office||₹372.53 million (US$5.2 million)|
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (English: A Little Love, A Little Magic) is a 2008 Indian fantasy comedy-drama film with Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji in lead roles, and Rishi Kapoor and Ameesha Patel in special appearances. The child artists include Akshat Chopra, Shriya Sharma, Rachit Sidana and Ayushi Burman. Directed, written and co-produced by Kunal Kohli, the film is produced and distributed by Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra under their banner Yash Raj Films.
Ranbir Talwar (Saif Ali Khan), a leading industrialist in India, is lonely because he has lost everyone who is dear to him which include his childhood friend and his mother. Due to distraction, he mistakenly kills a husband and wife in a car accident. The judge sentences him to look after their four children, and to do so without sending them to a boarding school nor keeping them in the care of anyone else. The children resent Ranbir for his role in their parents' death and desire revenge, whereas he is unprepared to live with them, making both him and the children miserable in this situation.
One day, the children pray to God (Rishi Kapoor) for help. God discusses the matter with his fairylike angels and decides to send Geeta (Rani Mukerji), his favourite and the most whimsical of the angels, to unite Ranbir with the children. God warns her not to use her ability to alter reality during her time on earth. Geeta ignores God's warning and uses this power often, providing comic relief. She appoints herself as the children's governess and places the children in awe of her by using her transformative powers. Soon, she ingratiates herself with the children with her supportive affection and positiveness. The children begin to cherish her and depend on her while Ranbir remains perplexed and overwhelmed by her dominance of his affairs. He soon becomes enamored of her, despite the interference by his girlfriend Malaika (Ameesha Patel).
Ranbir's relationship with Malaika ends when Geeta asks if he wants to end their relationship. She along with the children successfully ruin her birthday party. Ranbir eventually begins getting involved with the children's lives after Geeta tells him that he just needs to see their dreams and see what troubles them. As Ranbir and the children slowly bond, the children forsake their desire for revenge and treat him as an older brother. On one such incident, Ranbir took the kids and Geeta along to Los Angeles as he has a conference trip with his boss. He invites them to play golf and the oldest child who wishes to gain revenge and mistreats the children of the boss. He throws insults at the children but Ranbir defends them. When Geeta is called back to heaven as she has succeeded in uniting Ranbir and the children. Upset, Ranbir and the children go to a church to pray that she returns to them. After God talks with Geeta, he concedes to her wishes and changes Geeta into a human who now has emotions allowing her to return to the children. Geeta marries Ranbir and gives birth to a daughter, who inherits the ability to alter reality, despite Geeta's loss of her own power. Nevertheless, they all live happily ever after.
The story contains significant similarities to The Sound of Music, wherein (as here) a newly arrived governess serves to unite the denizens of a household, becomes enamored of its head, and flees in response, only to be returned by her former dispatcher. The plot also resembles that of the Bollywood film Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (starring Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla). The inclusion of transformative powers gives a resemblance to Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee, which also features a governess as its crucial character. The character of Ranbir Talwar is based on King Uncle.
Kunal Kohli considered Aamir Khan and Kajol for the lead roles (his lead pair from Fanaa), but both Aamir and Kajol were busy with their home productions, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) and U, Me Aur Hum (2008) respectively.
Rani Mukerji sports one layered outfit designed by Manish Malhotra throughout the film while some layers have been taken off according to the requirements of each scene. Kunal Kohli initially asked Ameesha Patel to lose slight weight for her role in the film. Kohli and Malhotra spent hours deciding her look in the film. She dons a yellow bikini in the film in the hit song 'lazy lamhe'.
- Saif Ali Khan as Ranbeer Talwar
- Rani Mukerji as Geeta Ranbeer Talwar
- Ameesha Patel as Malaika
- Akshat Chopra as Vashisht Walia
- Shriya Sharma as Aditi Walia
- Rachit Sidana as Iqbal Walia
- Ayushi Burman as Avantika Walia
- Rishi Kapoor as God (Special appearance)
- Izabela Vidovic as Anna
- Sharat Saxena as Judge
- Razak Khan as Pappu
- Mahesh Thakur as Lawyer
- Tarana Raja as Kapoor
- Danish Aslam as Kid Ranbeer's Teacher
- Biren Patel as Yada
- Cameron Pearson as Steve
- Tigerlily Perry as Michelle
- Steven Schneider as American Boy
According to Box Office India, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic had a poor opening and altogether grossed ₹295 million (US$4.1 million). It was declared a 'Flop' at the box office.
Reviews and reception
The film opened to a decent collections at the box office and picked up during the first weekend. It could not sustain business for long, however, due to the release of two big movies, Lovestory 2050 and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na the following weekend, which the former was a big disaster and the latter becoming a hit at the box office. Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India gave the movie 3 out of 5 saying, "The story brings out quite a few emotions. And this is helped by its simplicity". One India Entertainment said that, "It takes you back to the light-hearted, feel-good cinema made by directors of calibre like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee."
|Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic|
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|Released||21 May 2008|
|"Pyaar Ke Liye"||Shankar Mahadevan||5:07||Picturised on Saif Ali Khan as a young boy|
|"Nihaal Ho Gayi"||Shankar Mahadevan||4:11||Picturised on Saif Ali Khan & Rani Mukerji|
|"Bulbula"||Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan||3:21||Picturised on Rani Mukerji & Rishi Kapoor|
|"Lazy Lamhe"||Anusha Mani||5:12||Picturised on Ameesha Patel, Saif Ali Khan & Rani Mukerji|
|"Beetey Kal Se"||Shreya Ghoshall Sneha Suresh||4:56||Picturised on Rani Mukerji & the child artistes|
|"Nihaal Ho Gayi" (Remix) - DJ Aqeel||Shankar Mahadevan||3:51||Picturised on Saif Ali Khan & Rani Mukerji|
|"Lazy Lamhe" (Remix) - DJ Aqeel||Anusha Mani||5:58||Picturised on Ameesha Patel & Saif Ali Khan|
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