Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) lives a very privileged life. She lives with her wealthy extended family in a huge family home, where she is adored by her doting mother and father. Her father is a famous singer, talented and beloved by all those who hear him. Her father is so famous, in fact, that Sameer Rossellini (Salman Khan) travels all the way from Italy to take vocal lessons from him.
Tempers flare when Sameer and Nandini meet. He is a carefree jokester and he can’t abide her stubbornness any more than she can stand his uncouth mannerisms. But soon, the two find that they have more in common than a love of music. The two fall quickly in love, but that’s when complications present themselves. Sameer has an Indian mother and a deceased Italian father, no real money or title, and Nandini knows that her father will never approve of their relationship. But when Nandini tries to help her cousin escape an abusive marriage, her angry aunt does some meddling of her own, exposing Nandini and Sameer’s relationship to her furious parents.
Nandini’s father, who had thus far not asked any payment from Sameer for the lessons, now demands payment in the form of Sameer’s departure and the promise to never contact his daughter again. The two part ways and a heartbroken Nandini is quickly married off to Vanraj (Ajay Devgan), an honest lawyer from a very wealthy family, who is completely in love with her.
Vanraj doesn’t realize prior to their nuptials that Nandini is in love with another man, but once he learns the truth, he decides that he loves his wife enough to reunite her with the one she loves, so he takes his new bride to Italy to find Sameer in an act of beautiful and heartbreaking selflessness.
As we watch Nandini and Vanraj navigate the foreign country in search of Sameer, learning more about one another along the way, we see the metamorphosis of a relationship that was only a marriage on paper, the evolution of character and maturity. We see that it is possible to love different people in different ways, and that love often presents us with choices that can be difficult to make.
In classic Bollywood fashion, Straight from the Heart is bursting with colour and music, tempering a very serious and multi-faceted subject. Nandini lives in a world where the expectations and desires of her family are given greater importance than her own. Seeing her very privileged husband use his privilege not to further confine her but to give her freedom in the form of a real choice resonates long after the final credits.
I give this one 4.5 stars.