Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I Hate Luv Storys

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 2nd July, 2010
Time : 135 minutes
Director & Writer : Punit Malhotra; Music : Vishal - Shekhar
Starring : Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sammir Dattani, Samir Soni, Bruna Abdullah, Anju Mahendru

I hate Bollywood love stories. People seem to fall in love too easily. The characters are usually stereotypical, too black or white. And they’re very very predictable. This film is no exception, with only a certain freshness from its lead pair, Imran and Sonam, and some decent humour carrying it through. It is also so heavily inspired by the romantic track within Dil Chahta Hai that it could almost classify as a remake of the same (there is as much similarity between the two as between Chetan Bhagat’s book and 3 Idiots)

Imran, hates love stories or mushiness of any kind. He has a revolving door girlfriend policy. He works as an Assistant Director to a Bollywood director who specialises in corny love stories. And to make things worse, his new boss, Sonam, the art designer, is also as corny as they come, loves pink, chocolates, flowers and lovey dovey-ness of every kind. She’s engaged to be married to Sammir, childhood sweetheart, family friend, but boring, investment banker types, with romantic, weepy eyes and a disposition to match (gives her one white flower everyday, doesn’t drink on weekdays, for example, not that he seems like the kind who parties hard even on weekends). Sonam now has to choose. Who do you think she’ll go for ? (it’s a rhetorical question, BTW)

Leaving predictability (most love stories suffer from this) and imitation of DCH aside, what makes this film a strictly one time watch at best is the lack of depth of its lead characters. We don’t really understand them, understand the emotion they’re experiencing or really connect with them, remember them after the film. The line between friendship and love seems to blur too easily and conveniently. Imran and Sonam work as a pair, he being stiff and cute enough to have a girlfriend a day policy and she being candy floss-ish enough to make her character believable.

Some genuine funny moments are Imran’s interactions with Gabbar Singh, and also his experience with the cue-sheet towards the end. His friend, Samir, seems interesting (especially his T-shirts, graphs and advice) but is never sufficiently built up and neither is Sammir’s character. There was a more interesting angle in the film, why do good looking women fall in love with Mr Wrong vs Mr Right, but its never fully explored. Apart from Bin Tere, I found the songs also highly forgettable, esp the one song right at the end where we see too much of Imran (pun intended).

This film is cute. Works for a certain audience. I was never into cute…..


A movie lover said...

it's clearly a mixed bag as far as I hate luv storys reviews are concerned. The young generation, it's target audience, loved the cute factor as you've mentioned. We, the oldies havent! :)

Btw, loved reading your takes on the Bolly movies.

Zainab said...

Hi Apurv,

Am so glad I stumbled on your blog! Am an ardent movie buff,but with 2 kids, a business to run and trying to write myself - there is only so much time. Time I don't want to waste watching crap! So while I think our tastes in the movies might not be identical (who's ever is?!), I've checked your recent reviews and am impressed by their objectivity - except of course, regarding the younger Mrs Bachchan :) So keep writing and I'll keep reading.

Apurv Nagpal said...

Hi ! Zainab
thx so much - made my day...

i think if i let people know abt my biases (and we all have them), then they can at least understand the review better...