Swati Bhattacharyya | Last Modified - May 19, 2011, 08:57 AM IST
Story: Rajat, Vikrant and Liquid were stuck in their boring jobs. To add some spice in their lives, they craved for women. The day they got the women in their lives, misunderstanding started happening, they lost their freedom and space and discovered women as not as an epitome of resilience and beauty, but a moody, shouting, crazy thing who is never at peace.
Review: Though ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ is the most common genre of all time (romantic comedy), the film is contemporary, witty, sharp, amusing and takes a sarcastic take on love. As romantic comedies are lovey-dovey, the film actually shows the disastrous effects and consequences of love. The anti climax is good as seriously you ‘fall out of love’ by the end of it. The experience of love and break-up in a span of ten minutes is what amuses you most as it’s very real and relatable.
Story Treatment: It’s not a conventional romantic comedy. The plot and the storyline have been intermixed with equal doses of whacky moments and drama. The real arguments that has been brought out by the characters, is a satire on the myth ‘love and relationships’.
Star Cast: Geeky lovers always gain sympathy and Divyendu Sharma (Liquid) etches out his character really well. The sudden transformation in his personality after he falls in love is quite subtle. Kartikeya ( Rajat) needs to work on his dialogue delivery. Nushrat Bharucha ( Neha) as the grumpy possessive girlfriend stands out with her performance. Rayo Bhakirta ( Vikraant) had not much to show, but gave an average performance. Actress Sonali Sehgal ( Ria) looks beautiful on screen, but can’t qualify to be an actress. She is better a model than an actress.
Direction: Debut Director Luv Ranjan has chosen a conventional topic but executed it in an unconventional way. The films which are made on similar lines are Luv Ka the End, Dil To Baccha Hai Ji, where love is what everybody craves for, but how the wonderment takes a real turn is something interesting. Director Luv Ranjan has made the narrative strong by intermixing wild funky moments with high levels of drama. The casting could have been strong. Though the newcomers add spunk of fresh breath, but somewhere the lack of confidence was easily visible. The high points could have been dealt in a better way as the editing makes it too long, stretching and predictable by the climax.
Dialogues/Cinematography/Music: The film is based on Delhites, so the choice of dialogue has been particular keeping Delhi audience in mind. The frequent use of cuss words made it real and relatable, but the overuse of it was actually jarring to the narrative. The dialogues had punch which made the chemistry and bonding between the boys more lively. Cinematography is nothing noteworthy except when close-ups and inverted angles have used to show their self realization. Music is hip-hop and suites the theme but could have been much peppier. Songs like ‘Ban Gaya Kutta’ and ‘Ishq Na Kariyo Kaake’ may soon top the chartbusters as it’s a party rocker.
Ups and Downs- It’s a youth centric rom-com, watch it to see the contemporary take on love with twists and turns. Whether your relationship is a danger warning, if your brain can’t tell you at this moment, ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ will definitely give you an answer. It’s entertaining and fun filled.
Don’t go if you are expecting a conventional romantic movie as it may qualify to be blasphemous and a sex comedy.