Sunday, August 30, 2009

Love Khichdi

Rating : 4/10
Release Date : 28th Aug, 2009
Time : 131 minutes
Director & Co-writer : Srinivas Bhashyam; Co-Writer : Manu Joseph; Music : Pritam
Starring : Randeep Hooda, Sada, Sonali Kulkarni, Riya Sen, Rituparna Sengupta, Divya Dutta, Jesse Randhawa, Kalpana Pandit

Everyone who knows me is aware that I am a hard core non-veg and particularly averse to khichdi which I completely associate with sick man’s food (‘Beta are you ill / nauseous ? Khichdi kha lo…’).

Haryanvi sous chef, speaks good English and therefore becomes chick magnet. Either dreams of encounters of the sexual kind or has them. Long suffering college friend who has crush on him, works in same hotel as receptionist so gets grand stand view of all such going ons. What will happen next ?

What saves this film from being a total disaster is the cameo by Sonali Kulkarni as the man hating, outspoken bai. She is also an object of Randeeps affections (imaginary though) and is responsible for the most hilarious moments of the film (‘Hatne ka’, ‘BMC ko dene ka’ etc).

Else the trite, unrealistic plot, jerky editing, mannequin characterisation and some inspired bad casting choices (beginning with the choice of Randeep Hooda as lead actor), helps propel the film towards its doom. You don’t understand why most characters behave as they do (Rituparna Sengupta being classic case in point) but most of all you wonder why good actors like her and Jesse Randhawa agreed to star in this film.

The movie may actually work for single guys, but they would have to be the really really frustrated or really really gullible kinds to watch this one. Anyways, one thing that got confirmed is that I should continue to avoid khichdi’s of all sorts, even the cinematic variety.

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