Recently I’m trying to review some of the good Hindi films and today I’ve picked up Tere Naam that is considered as one of the finest performances of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. Khan was already an established star in 2003 when this film hit big screen, but I believe he had never ever performed so well in such a complex storyline and character.
Tere Naam follows Radhe Mohan (Salman Khan), an unruly college guy who is infamous in his locality for his violent nature. He lives a carefree life with his elder brother’s (Sachin Khedekar) family and spends most of his time admiring his muscles and ragging college newcomers.
Not the kind of man who will fall for a girl, Radhe eventually meets someone in the same college and starts developing likeness for her simplicity. The girl Nirjara (Bhoomika Chawla) is more a traditional girl and hence resist his initial advances. When Radhe comes to know that Nirjara is already engaged with a priest at the local temple, he becomes enraged also misbehaves with the priest.
However, an unexpected twist happens to their relation when Radhe comes to the rescue of Nirjara’s sister in a complex situation. In such scenario, she gets convinced about Radhe’s genuine feelings. As everything seems to be on the track to make Tere Naam as yet another Bollywood romantic flick, the film takes a much unexpected turn.
The film can very well be divided in two parts. While the first half is more entertaining with few light-hearted moments, the second half of the film is brutal, realistic, emotionally draining and tragic. Of course, for those who like Khan’s romantic films, this was really shocking and surprising.
Director Satish Kaushik wanted to bring something different and that uniqueness comes with the storyline, in which Radhe was attacked by goons and was severely beaten up that lands him in hospital with no memories of past. After initially being treated in the hospital, he was sent to one traditional but inhumane mental care where Nirjara paid him a surprise visit. There he started recollecting his memories, and even at one point tried to escape but failed.
Meanwhile, Nirjara’s parents and even Radhe’s brother convinced her to get married. Radhe meanwhile tried to escape again and this time he successfully left the institution and reached at Nirjara’s home but only to find her unfortunately dead. Convinced with the fact that she committed suicide, Radhe becomes distraught. Even though audience gets the sense that he is well with his senses, he eventually decided to go back to the mental care knowing the fact that he had nothing more to look forward in life.
After years of playing happy and lovable romantic guy characters, this film is a breakaway for Salman Khan to experiment with something as big and versatile. Even though Tere Naam is a remake of Tamil film Sethu (1999), the director has every opportunity to divert from the original story and make it one of those masala movies, but he did the right thing in bringing out one of the finest performances from Salman Khan.
Director: Satish Kaushik
Starring: Salman Khan, Bhumika Chawla, Sachin Khedekar, Savita Prabhune, Ravi Kishan, Sarfaraz Khan
Music: Himesh Reshamiya and Sajid-Wajid
Tere Naam was nominated for a total of 24 Awards, winning 7 of them, including 8 Filmfare Award nominations. As per some media reports, director Kaushik is planning to make a sequel but the script is still under development.