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Hum Tum (2004)

  • Release Date2004
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time144 min

Usually on the silver screen, a relationship blossoms within the space of a few months. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, have some difficulties, and then, in the end, triumph. But life is usually not like that. Very often, a relationship slowly, over time, and it takes many years between "boy meet girl" and "boy gets girl"! Hum Tum is a new and refreshing look at the eternal battle of the sexes as it follows the lives of Karan (Saif Ali Khan) and Rhea (Rani Mukherjee).

Karan is a cartoonist and his cartoon characters "Hum" and "Tum" are very popular. Hum Tum reflect Karan's perspective on men and women and their strange relationship. Karan is the quintessential bad boy - he is a complete flirt, and is constantly changing girlfriends. Rhea is sensitive, well bred and with high ethical and moral standards. The two come from very different backgrounds, and have evolved into a very different people. Whereas Karan's father - a flamboyant famous fashion photographer, has influenced his son to be nonchalant and "cool", Rhea gets her self-assuredness and moral code from her mother - a typical Punjabi with an effervescent spirit.

They have very little in common, except the fact that, time and again, their paths cross. Across three continents, and over the period of nearly a decade, the lives of Karan and Rhea intersect, and their relationship evolves, from hate, to mutual friendship and respect and finally...

In cinematic universe that offers simplistic scenarios to the complex and layered relationship between men and women. Hum Tum is a refreshing and realistic look at the trials and tribulations of "every man" and "every woman" in their attempts to understand each other.

(From the official press booklet)

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