Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Love, Wrinkle-Free

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 25th May, 2012
Time : 107 minutes
Director & Writer : Sandeep Mohan; Music : Vivek Phillip
Starring : Shernaz Patel, Ash Chandler, Seema Rahmani, Sohrab Ardeshir, Ashwin Mushran, Arika Silaichia, Marianne Borgo, Theron D’Souza, Tensin Dasang, Guneet Monga

Shernaz is over forty, resents that she’s getting booted out of the church choir (her mom sang till sixty after all) and otherwise seems to have a pretty chilled existence, running a restaurant in her spare time.

Ash, Shernaz’s hubby, is also pretty chilled out, struggling to break out of his middle management job selling underwear, hating the young turk (the National GM, Marketing's nephew) who’s been foisted upon him at work.

Arika, their daughter, is a sarcastic teenager (are there any other kind, you can ask quite fairly ?) who somewhere is still coming to terms with the fact that she was adopted and that she looks different from her parents

Ash meets Seema at a salsa dancing lesson. Her boyfriend, Theron, seems interested in his business ideas. She seems interested in him for his flexibility and his Marlon Brando Godfather imitation.

The salsa classes happen at a club owned by Sohrab, the local don, eager to prove his Portugese blood runs deep. He yearns for a grandson and has almost given up hope from his dopehead, good for nothing son, Ashwin

Add a priceless antique football, a statue which is pissed upon, an unexpected good news, some misunderstandings and you have a hotch potch movie where things happen yet remain where they are.
What I liked were some of the characters, their quirks and some of the dialogues. The photography was beautiful, presenting some of the natural beauty of Goa, its lanes, alleyways and houses / architecture. The music was lovely, adding a nice mood to some scenes.

However, just because its Goa doesn’t mean everyone has to be eccentric and talk funny. Some of the characters come across as jokers rather than real. The story meanders, doesn’t seem to go anywhere. And it fails to really leave an imprint.

I guess this is what I would call an intelligent time-pass film. Its not going to grab you or live with you for a long time but is nice enough to draw into its gentle, slow paced world while it lasts.

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