Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Worth Watching Just Once

I HATE LUV STORYS (2010)

Producer: Dharma Productions
Director: Punit Malhotra
Starring: Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Samir Soni and others
Rating: *** (3 of 5)

Well, what else can you expect from Dharma Productions? A boy and a girl meet, there's some friction in the beginning but in the end, they fall in love and live happily ever after.

If not for the sub-plots and mild comedy, I Hate Luv Storys would have been nothing more than a formula-film. That's not to say that it isn't one, just that some scenes make it watchable.

Jay (Imran Khan) is a novice assistant director working under a tyrant Veer (Samir Soni), while Sonam Kapoor (Simran) is the art director who has full faith in love stories and make-believe romance. That's why she's engaged to her childhood friend who just seems 'perfect.' And as the story moves on, Jay and Simran fall in love and it's the same old thing again. You get it.

An interesting feature of the movie was the no-excuses use of Karan Johar's films: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham were all over the place in subtle and even not-so-subtle ways. This was irritating to me but it might be a nice feature for hardcore KJo-enthusiasts.

The music of the move wasn't exceptionally good - the title song was, in fact, rather silly - but it was used at the right time. I particularly like Jab Mila Tu. As for the costumes, they were the USP of the movie: well thought out and excellent for the roles, whether it be Veer's frustrated-director look or Simran's princess look. The sets were also well made because, well, it can't be very hard to use a set as a set!

The acting was fair. While Imran Khan played a role that he's virtually been born to play - a boy-next-door sort of role - Sonam Kapoor did extremely well in her role. Samir Soni was very good in showing the sarcasm of his lines on his face. But the supporting cast - Sammir Dattani in particular - was wanting.

Overall, this is a timepass movie that you may or may not watch, depending on what else is playing (or, as in my case, what else is on your lappie). But even if you do watch it, you'll be hard-pressed to watch it again. (OTFS)

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