Hum Tum (transl. Me and You) is a 2004 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film written and directed by Kunal Kohli. Produced by Aditya Chopra under his banner Yash Raj Films, the film stars Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji, alongside Rishi Kapoor, Kirron Kher, Rati Agnihotri and Jimmy Sheirgill. Hum Tum follows the encounters of Karan and Rhea, who run into each other on several occasions under various circumstances.

Hum Tum
Promotional poster for the film
Directed byKunal Kohli
Written byKunal Kohli
Screenplay byKunal Kohli
Siddharth Anand
Produced byAditya Chopra
StarringSaif Ali Khan
Rani Mukerji
CinematographySunil Patel
Edited byRitesh Soni
Music bySongs:
Background Score:
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 28 May 2004 (2004-05-28)
Running time
143 minutes
Budget85 million[1]
Box office426.3 million[1]

Hum Tum marked Mukerji's third film with Yash Raj Films. The film has several short animation sequences, which were created by Kathaa Animations headed by Prakash Nambiar, with special effects done by Tata Elxsi. The cinematography is done by Sunil Patel. Jatin–Lalit composed the music, while lyrics were written by Prasoon Joshi.[2]

Hum Tum released on 28 May 2004 and received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics,[3] with praise for its direction, soundtrack and cast performances, but criticism for its script.The film had an above-average opening and was a major success at the box office, with a gross of 43.22 million (US$540,000). It became the sixth highest-grossing film of the year.[4]

The film received several accolades. At the 52nd National Film Awards in 2005, Khan was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor. At the 50th Filmfare Awards, Hum Tum received 8 nominations and won 5 awards, including Best Director (Kohli), Best Actress (Mukherji), Best Comedian (Khan), Best Female Playback Singer (Alka Yagnik for "Hum Tum"), and Best Scene of the Year.[5]

Plot edit

Karan Kapoor (Saif Ali Khan) is a cartoonist and a self-styled ladies' man. His daily comic, named "Hum Tum," explores the battle of male/female behavior. On a plane from Delhi to New York, he meets Rhea Prakash (Rani Mukerji) who doesn't seem to be interested in him. His feeble attempts at flirting go nowhere, but when they have a stopover in Amsterdam, she agrees to explore the city with him. Karan quickly learns that he has little in common with the feisty but proper Rhea, but he won't give up. He ends their contentious time together with an unwelcome kiss. Outraged, Rhea slaps him, and storms off, but Karan insists they'll meet again. After six months, he spots her in a park in New York, and he makes a scene with his girlfriend Shalini (Shenaz Treasurywala), who turns out to be Rhea's childhood friend, which ends in their break-up.

Three years later, Karan is helping his mother plan a wedding that turns out to be Rhea's. Rhea is marrying Sameer (Abhishek Bachchan). They bicker again, but this time, they part on good terms. Three years later in Paris, Karan is visiting his father Arjun (Rishi Kapoor), when he runs into Rhea. He learns from Rhea's mother Parminder "Bobby" Prakash (Kirron Kher) that Sameer has died in a car accident just after their first marriage anniversary, and he sets out to help her reclaim her positive outlook on life.

Karan returns to Mumbai, and three months later, Rhea and Bobby visit. Sensing that she needs to be with a strait-laced, "boring guy," he conspires with Bobby to fix her up with his shy best friend, Mihir Vora (Jimmy Sheirgill). But eventually Mihir falls in love with a friend of Karan's, Diana Fernandez (Isha Koppikar) and they get engaged. On the engagement night, Rhea learns from drunk Diana about the conspiracy and gets upset with Karan. Mihir makes Rhea realize her and Karan's love for each other. That night Rhea and Karan consummate their relationship. Karan deems it a mistake and asks Rhea to marry him as he feels he took advantage of her, and that marriage will rectify the mistake. Rhea becomes upset, as she did not consider their actions a mistake; she realizes she loves him but tells Karan that they should not commit one more mistake by marrying for the wrong reasons. Rhea leaves him since Karan projects his confused feelings as guilt rather than love for her. Karan realises his mistake and tries to seek her out but fails.

One year later Karan's cartoon Hum Tum becomes a hit and he writes a book about Hum and Tum. Basically, the story is based on his love story with Rhea, who reads that book and finds him in the press conference. Karan and Rhea reunite again. Karan admits his love for her, and they get married and have a baby girl. While looking at their child lovingly, a baby boy is place in the crib next to hers. Karan believes that the boy will marry his daughter and complains to Rhea saying the men flirt since the day that are born, indicating that their daughter and the boy will have their own romantic relationship.

Cast edit

Production edit

Development edit

Hum Tum is produced under the banner of Yash Raj Films by Aditya Chopra. It marks Kunal Kohli's second directorial after Mujhse Dosti Karoge!.[6] It follows the encounters of two people, who run into each other on several occasions under various circumstances.[7]

The film is inspired from the 1989 English film When Harry Met Sally. Kohli later said he wanted to make a remake and added, "We approached the studio, which had the rights of the Hollywood film. When we sent our script to them, they said that it has to be at least 70 percent similar to be an official remake. According to them, we were not, so they rejected the remake concept."[8]

Casting edit

Kunal Kohli and Aditya Chopra first approached Aamir Khan for the role of Karan. However, he declined the offer. Hrithik Roshan and Vivek Oberoi were then offered the role, but they turned down the part.[9]

Kohli then cast Saif Ali Khan as cartoonist Karan. Kohli said, "I realised that the role needed a younger man [...] someone who could present a more youthful picture. Saif has this unique quality, he can play a 21-year old as well as a 29-year old and was ideal for [the film]."[10][11] Khan termed the role among his "favourite onscreen characters".[12]

Kohli and Chopra then roped in Rani Mukerji as the stronghead Rhea.[11] The film marked her third collaboration with Yash Raj Films and second with Kohli. Kohli said, "I always wanted to work with Rani [Mukerji] and we shared a great equation." While Mukerji added that she "loved the script" and called it a "special film".[13]

Rishi Kapoor, Kirron Kher Rati Agnihotri and Jimmy Sheirgill were cast in other prominent roles.[14] While Abhishek Bachchan in cameo appearance.[15] Two animated characters Hum (voice by Parzaan Dastur) and Tum (voice by Gayatri S. Iyer) acted alongside the leads.[16]

Filming edit

A portion of the film was shot at the Museumplein, Amsterdam.

The principal photography of the film commenced in 2003. A major portion of the film was shot at Amsterdam, Netherlands, majorly at places such as the Museumplein, National Maritime Museum, Rijksmuseum and Dam Square. Additionally, it was also shot at the Film City, Mumbai. Some other portions were also shot in United States (majorly New York) and in Paris.[17][18]

Post-production edit

Hum Tum had managed to create a buzz pre-release due to the songs, unusual and interesting promos and fresh style of narrative. Saif Ali Khan was introduced as Karan on the TV series Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin.[19] Hum Tum's cartoon strips were also featured in the Bombay Times. That year, India Today also featured Hum Tum's pictures as its cover on a story titled "Bollywood's blockbuster summer".[20]

Soundtrack edit

Hum Tum
Soundtrack album by
Released9 April 2004
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelYRF Music
Jatin–Lalit chronology
Hum Tum
Rok Sako To Rok Lo

The soundtrack for Hum Tum was composed by Jatin–Lalit, with the exception of "U'n'I (Mere Dil Vich Hum Tum)", which was composed by British-Indian producer Rishi Rich.[21] While the lyrics of all the songs were penned by Prasoon Joshi, the vocals performed by Shaan, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam, Babul Supriyo, Udit Narayan, Juggy D and Veronica Mehta. The lead actors Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji lent their voice in the song "Ladki Kyon". The soundtrack album was released on 9 April 2004 by YRF Music.

Hum Tum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[22]
1."Ladki Kyon"Shaan, Saif Ali Khan, Alka Yagnik, Rani Mukerji06:18
2."Chak De"Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam05:46
3."Hum Tum"Alka Yagnik, Babul Supriyo05:29
4."Gore Gore"Alka Yagnik04:57
5."Yaara Yaara"Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan04:44
6."Hum Tum" (Sad Version)Alka Yagnik02:17
7.""U'n'I" (Mere Dil Vich Hum Tum)"Juggy D, Veronica Mehta03:38
8."Hum Tum" (Instrumental) 03:25
Total length:35:14

The CD and audio cassette also feature an instrumental version of "Hum Tum" and a deleted song called "Yaara Yaara". This tune was reused in Kunal Kohli's next film, Fanaa (2006), in the songs "Chand Sifarish" and, more noticeably, "Chanda Chamke". The latter has the same tune throughout the entire song. Both the songs are inspired from the song "Samra we betha" by the Iraqi band Miami. The song "Chak De" is inspired from the Arabic song "Yalla Ya Shabab" by Ragheb Alama.

Jatin-Lalit were nominated for the Best Music Director at the 50th Filmfare Awards, where Yagnik won Best Female Playback Singer for "Hum Tum". For the same song, Prasoon Joshi won the Best Lyricist at the Screen Awards.[23]

Critical reception edit

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama stated, "Jatin-Lalit's music is amongst the high points of the enterprise. The rule of the game is that a love story ought to be embellished with a melodious score and the narrative in HUM TUM does get a definite push thanks to a lovely score from this talented music director duo. While the title track, "Ladki Kyon", "Chak De" and "Gore Gore" sound easy to the ears, the best part is that they're well placed in the story."[24] Jay Mamtora of BBC noted, "Jatin-Lalit's music has a 'been there heard that quality' about it but a couple of the tracks are undeniably catchy."[25]

Charts and sales edit

The music topped charts on a number of platforms in India. According to Box Office India, with around 1,600,000 units (1.6 million units) sold, this film's soundtrack was the eighth highest-best-selling album of the year.[26]

Release edit

Following all the post-production work, followed by promotions, Hum Tum was released on 28 May 2004.[27] In 2006, Yash Raj Films released the DVD of Hum Tum. It had a DVD premiere in France and Germany in the same year. The film was released on Blu-ray in August 2011.[28] The film was later made available on Amazon Prime Video.[29]

Reception edit

Critical reception edit

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama says that "casting is one of the film's strengths." He further praise s Khan for his "arresting performance" and Mukerji for taking a giant leap as an actor, with her flawless performance." He added, "On the whole, Hum Tum is a decent fare, topped with captivating performances and mesmerising music. But a slow and not-too-exciting second half dilutes the impact to an extent."[24]'s Tanmay Kumar Nanda noted, "Hum Tum tugs at your heartstrings, makes you laugh and rejoice in the vagaries of loving and losing without losing itself in that abyss that has claimed many a Hindi film: mushy sentimentalism."[30]

Jay Mamtora of BBC stated, "Hum Tum runs on a simple premise and an extremely thin plot. It's all been seen before but what makes it eminently watchable and enjoyable is Kohli's treatment of the story and his sense of casting." A decent heart warming popcorn flick."[25]

Chitra Mahesh of The Hindu stated, "Hum Tum is one of those films where you would walk out with a broad smile on your face! Feel good, feel nice and generally feel that it was time well spent. The film with direction, dialogue and story by Kunal Kohli, is extremely suave and incredibly charming. Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerjee excel in their parts.[6] Namrata Joshi of Outlook India said that Hum Tum is a conversational film that comes riding on some witty lines and starry performances. She added, "Perhaps it's to do with Saif's easy domination of every possible frame and Rani always seems to be reacting to a situation than taking an initiative."[31]

Box office edit

Hum Tum collected 12.30 million (US$150,000) on its first day and 74.90 million (US$940,000) in its first week.[4][1] Hum Tum was a major success at the box office, with a gross of 432.2 million (US$5.4 million), and became the sixth highest-grossing film of the year. Internationally, it grossed 152.5 million (US$1.9 million) at the box office.[32] It is one of the top earners of the decade in India and at the foreign box office.[33]

Accolades edit

Hum Tum received several accolades, including one National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards and one International Indian Film Academy Award. Hum Tum also earned two Global Indian Film Awards, one People's Choice Awards India, four Screen Awards, two Stardust Awards, and two Zee Cine Awards.[34][35][36][37]

Legacy edit

Hum Tum remains one of the most popular romantic drama in Hindi cinema. The film was named as one of the Bollywood's top 10 most romantic movies by The Times of India and Vogue.[38][39] Filmfare noted how the film "hasn't ceased to be relatable" even after all these years. Zee News stated, "Hum Tum set a benchmark and created a new genre of romantic comedy for Bollywood. The film also teaches that it is not always "Love at first sight"."[40][41] It was also noted for exploring the theme of "premarital sex".[42]

Hum Tum marked Kohli's first directorial success.[43] Hum Tum is cited as a milestone in Khan, Mukerji and Kohli's career.[44] While it was Khan's first solo major success, it was Mukerji's first film for which she received the Best Actress awards.[45] Khan and Mukerji's performance has been noted as one of their most notable works. The film consolidated their career.[46][47][48] Khan and Mukerji were named in Bollywood Hungama's list of the top 10 best romantic couples of the decade.[49] The Indian Express termed them as the "SRK-Kajol" of the 2000s.[50]

Mukerji later went on to say about her character Rhea, she added, "Hum Tum was a very special and a modern subject. It was definitely ahead of its time. The way my character Rhea reacts at the end and walks away from Saif's character's (Karan) life when he just randomly suggests to get married because they had physical intimacy, was bold. For a girl to actually walk away from a man and break stereotypes and notions of how a woman should react, it was new but it was also much needed to show in cinema. I think Rhea's character stood for the modern Indian woman at that time."[51]

Other media edit

Two graphic novels have been published related to the film and Hum Tum characters. They are as follows:

  • A graphic novel named Hum Tum: The War Begins!, published by Yomics World in 2012.[52]
  • A graphic novel named Ek Tha Tiger: Caught in the Web, published in 2012 by Yomics World, which features some Hum Tum characters.[53]

Besides this, a cartoon series on the characters of "Hum" "Tum" was also planned.[54]

See also edit

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