This one's very close to my heart and will always be. What works from the beginning till the end is the chemistry Adi (Vivek Oberoi) and Suhana (Rani Mukherji) share. It's realistic, it's relatable. Adi, Suhana are passionate, crazy lovers and that shows, every time they exchange a dialogue or even just a smile! Their story is not without their share of misunderstandings and fights but at the end of it all, they know they can't live without each other.
Saathiya is a very basic love story but it's the treatment (courtesy director Shaad Ali) that makes you want to watch the film again and again. It's love at first sight for Adi, who meets Suhana at a wedding. The lover boy does all he can to patao (woo) her, following her everywhere. Strong and determined Suhana (a medical student) is all too occupied in her studies to even give it a thought! She refuses to believe his version of the (love) story. For her, it's anything but love. But Adi is more than well-versed with the tricks of the trade ;)
I'll count this among Rani Mukherji's best performances. I also enjoyed watching her in Bunty aur Babli, Hum Tum, Tara Rum Pum, Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Dil Bole Hadippa. She may not have the looks but is one of the best actors in the industry today. Vivek Oberoi broke his stereotypical Chandu image (of Company) with this film. He charms with his puppy-dog eyes and smile. Sit back and enjoy this bittersweet love story and don't forget to grab the popcorn :) Coincidently, the film completes its eight years today. It released Dec 20, 2002.
[Titbit - Vivek will be seen next in Bloody Paki, directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Mani Ratnam].