Bollywood's THE THIRD MAN. SRK, an innocent like Joseph Cotten, falls in love with a woman whose pain he will never understand. SRK is happy-go-lucky early on in the film, like he's in a normal yash chopra romance, but what makes the film special is that it recognizes how inadequate and naive his behavior truly is; ratnam includes SRK's performance and the traditional tropes as part of his critique. great film.
Superb musical/dance numbers, beautiful locations, and who could not fall for lovely Manisha Koirala's mysterious Shahrzadian attraction? But director Ratnam, no doubt aiming for political weight alongside lush romance, blows all that on o.t.t Hollywood-type action thriller and terrorist claptrap- meddling in affairs, like the ever irritating Shahrukh Khan, with a superficial juvenile grasp. What a waste!