Aaj phir maarne ka iraada hai…urgh!
Love story is a surefire formula but it is also the most conveniently misused plot in Bollywood. Throw in a boy with complexities with a girl who knows how to live life and you have a romance ready to be sculpted into a film. Even the vice versa is true. Loveshhuda is nothing but old wine in an old bottle or vodka or beer or whatever you can drink up!
What’s it about
Gaurav (Girish Kumar) is getting married in London with a London wali ladki. A perfect life…well almost! It’s hardly picture perfect as his fiance is a dominating lady. But he is getting married anyway because he is a ‘good boy’. His friends arrive and they set out for a bachelor’s party. Things get too trippy and tipsy and Gaurav ends up waking up next to a girl called Pooja (Navneet Kaur Dhillon) about whom he recollects nothing. Hangover? If only..! Don’t jump the gun yet. He makes Pooja leave immediately so that nobody suspects any ill doing but when she doesn’t get her clothes, Gaurav hands her the same shirt his mother-in-law gifted him for the engagement. Now he has to get it back or he is screwed. Gaurav says that word nearly four times and I think that best explains his and my plight. He manages to find Pooja just in time to get the shirt back but not without some gyaan on how to live life. She not only gives the memory of his last night back but some preaching on how faces can tell about regrets and no regrets. This turns into a symbolic gesture all through the film with camera scanning people’s faces for regret. I wish it had panned towards me too. Gaurav goes back to his engagement with a girl he detests. Four years later, he is a grumpy divorced man angry on everyone while Pooja is getting married. Repeat the same chronology of events in the second half with role reversal and the film is over.
Vaibhav Mishra, the director, starts the film well. Although very Hangover, the concept of the guy not remembering anything after getting sloshed looked fun. But he was in a hurry to give hero’s memories back and spoiled the fun. Locales are just fascinating. If London is dreamy, Simla is beautiful and Delhi is fun. Add some Mauritius madness, and you know where to plan your trip next. But…this is a film not a travel documentary. Sadly, I was busy planning my foreign trip! Both Girish and Navneet catch your eye instantly and act well too. Aaj phir peene ki tamnna hai really worked on me. It’s damn neat!
No where will you feel Girish’s pain of being trapped in a wrong relationship or his need to set himself free. Nor will you understand his anguish because he fails to emote any. And what’s with the booze? There’s alcohol in every scene. I know that doesn’t count in a review but what the heck! You don’t have to be heady all the time. The story is so clichéd that within 15 minutes you know how it’s going to end. Story and screenplay are so convenient I don’t think the director took much time to draft it. What happens in the first half gets repeated in the second with places being swapped between Girish and Navneet. The film drags so much that it can easily put you to sleep. Also, when Gaurav rants about how he is made to do everything according to his sisters, he blames Vandana’s choice on his elder sister played by Tisca Chopra. But never did they mention whether it was a love or arranged marriage. So how can you blame that person? Again Vandana is a dominating lady who likes to be always prim and proper. She is finicky, we get it.
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