CINEMA: Funny, hopeful love

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(added 16 Feb 2012)

CINEMA: Funny, hopeful love

Two lonely people in Las Vegas, Rahul (played by Imran Khan) and Raina (Kareena Kapoor) meet on the way to a psychologist. One is upset over his overbearing parents, while the other is nursing a broken heart. They go for drinks and wake up the next morning and discover that they got hitched at a 24-hour Elvis Presley chapel while drunk. While they go about getting their marriage annulled, they discover each other’s likes and dislikes and even meet their respective parents. And just when you expect them to walk down the aisle in typical Bollywood style, things change.

What’s beautiful about the movie (besides the lead actors) are the dialogue and the situations the couple are put in. There’s fun and despair. There’s hope of a better tomorrow, despite everything else. The lack of a typical ending may not sit well with some, though. Be warned that this film is aimed at the young and there are some scenes that may shock the elders, including one where Rahul is seduced by his girlfriend in a restaurant toilet!

The scenes showing our hero’s uptight and rich parents (Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah) are funny, like how they expect their 25-year-old son to chew his food 32 times before swallowing! The interview session our hero has with his prospective Japanese employers is funny, too. Kareena looks a bit old to be paired with the clean-shaven Imran. Perhaps he should have kept his beard to look older? The film was extensively shot in Vegas. Its basic premise was obviously taken from the Hollywood flick What Happens In Vegas (2008), starring Aushton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz.

The songs by Amit Trivedi are good. Watch out for Auntyji (sung by Ash King), where you get to see the “real” Imran letting his hair down and dance. Unlike I Hate Luv Storys or Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Imran is shown mostly in a pensive mood and Kareena’s character has a difficult time making him relax because of his strict upbringing.

The film is produced by Dharma Productions, the same people behind the multi-starrer Agneepath, which has broken the box-office records in India. Director-producer Karan Johar has yet again given another new director, its ninth, Shakun Batra, an opportunity to show off his skills.

Directed by Shakun Batra
Starring Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak Shah, Ram Kapoor
Duration: 110 minutes
Rating: PG13

Tags: CINEMA, Funny
(added 16 Feb 2012) / 699 views

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