Sunday, October 16, 2011

Love Breakups Zindagi Review

Just when I start writing about review of Love Breakups Zindagi I got onto this discussion with my friend that how many movies may have actually come to a culmination point in an airport scene. For example, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha, Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye, She Is Way Out Of My League, Wicker Park amongst others.

Sahil Sangha's Love Breakups Zindagi (LBZ) may not actually go till the airport, but typically hackneyed, how I may call this film, the tension starts brewing when Naina (Dia Mirza) plans to go to leave for the airport to fly off to Singapore with her boyfriend Dhruv (Vaibhav Talwar) and Jay (Zayed Khan) rushes to confess his love for her. Well, it's a tried and tested formula that's worked in almost a dozen romantic films, whether it works for this one or not remains to be seen.

Born Free Entertainment's LBZ is about modern relationships. Jay is in a relationship with Radhika (Pallavi Sharda) but feels trapped. Naina is in a relationship with Dhruv a perfect husband material guy who actually doesn't turn out to be as perfect as she thought. Govind (Cyrus Sahukar) has been divorced twice and still looking for the perfect match.

By fate of events, the three lands up in the same wedding of Gayatri (Aurita Ghosh) and Arjun (Satyadeep Mishra) and how the wedding changes their life and their perspective towards relationships is what follows through the rest of the plot.

Debutant director cum producer Sahil Sangha who also happens to be Dia Mirza's real life boyfriend tries really hard to make an uber cool film that defines the new age perspective on relationships however, he falters in the scripting, screenplay and choice of actors. But when the lead actors happen to be producers and also your girlfriend how much of a choice can you really have?

The entire film keeps moving in circles from one build up and the following fizzling of it to the other. The writing comes across as very pretentious; trying hard to be witty and smart but just not getting there. There are many scenes that could have turned out are humorous but one only gets a smile and not even the slightest of giggle.

Even the entire wedding affair comes across as tripe and overused. Both Dia and Zayed fail to hold the attention of the audience. The one thing to look out for in this film is the sidekicks. While Cyrus Sahukar is in his witty best, Tisca Chopra, Satyadeep Mishra and Aurita Ghosh are decent in their parts. Cyrus offers some of the best scenes in the film.

Cinematography of the film is average at best with the entire glossy touch appearing to be a lift off from Sonam Kapoor's Ayesha. Music by Salim-Sulaiman is pleasing in parts expect for the title track that's a rip off from Jason Mraz's Im Yours.

Nonetheless, Love Breakups Zindagi can be a onetime watch if you have nothing else to do and need some retrospection on your relationship.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Review

There are some films that create a huge divide between critical acclaim and mass appeal. Now that's a long and boring topic. Then there are also some films which create between young and old. But what do you say to a production house that caters to both, the young and new? Yes, Yash Raj Films is what we are talking about. The name though may resonate of Switzerland, Chiffon Saris, mushy romance but there is also this edge on the prestigious banner that is catering to new, fresh minds through Y-Films.

Though their last John Tucker Must Die's Hindi version Luv Ka The End couldn't make much noise at the box-office despite being good, Y-Films makes its second attempt in targeting the youth with an Uber cool film Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. It only remains to be seen whether this film finally creates a space in the hearts of young minds or not.

Rahul Sareen (Nishant Dahiya) is a Rockstar of college. The entire girl crowd at the University drools over Rahul. Preity Sen (Saba Azad) is one of them.

Malvika Kelkar (Tara D'Souza) is a hot upcoming fashion designer who Rahul once dances with while performing on stage. Malvika is hot and intelligent and any guy can fall for her. Vishal Bhatt (Saquib Saleem) is one of them.
Vishal pretending to be Rahul adds Malvika and Preity pretending to be Malvika accepts Rahul's request. Now the fake Rahul and fake Malvika get chatty and start liking each other.

Vishal and Preity are two people who can't stand each other! Confusing isn't it? Now imagine what happens when the confusion clears out! You got to watch it to be a part of this fun ride!

So what if life's not all hunky dory? So what if there are many problems eating up this world? When you are in college, it only takes bunking, studying overnight for exams, partying, sneaking out of house late nights and waiting for that one look from the guy you really like to make your life worthwhile. That's the emotion that Mujhse Fraandship Karoge encapsulates.

Y-Films surely is one production house brimming with extra-ordinary new talent and you can only expect this from the new age producer Aditya Chopra to think of the unthinkable.

He hands over the reign of Y-Films to producer Ashish Patil who delivers what can be one of the most witty written scripts of 2011 when it comes to youth based films.

Not only is the film filled with cleverly written punches one after the other, even the editing is slick and crisp making for an enjoyable watch. The first half is breezy almost taking you back to your college days. The repartees between Vishal and Preity is very funny and witty while their alternate lives of being the fake Rahul and Malvika respectively is intelligently depicted.

The second half does get tad clich'd and filmy specially towards the end but you can definitely ignore few little glitches here and there in a joy ride.

What aides this film in becoming exceptionally well is the near perfect character-sketch and acting. Its surprising how well does director Nupur Asthana extract the acting from complete freshers like Saquib Saleem, Saba Azad, and even the side characters in the film by the name Hacky and Macho Man.

Music is fresh and young going completely with the film.
Over all, MFK is Kool! Or shall I go the regular and say this film is a must watch for all the young hearts out there.