PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA (2011)
Director: Luv Rajnan (who does a lot more than just directing)
Starring: Raayo Bakhirta, Nushrat Bharucha, Sonalli Sehgal, Divyendu Sharma, Ishita Sharma, Kartikeya Tiwari and others
Rating: * of 5 (1 of 5)
Pros: Strong emotions at times that may connect with you
Cons: bad acting, bad music, slow narrative, unimaginative story, thoroughly illogical
Another film targeted at urban youth, the ones who don't seem to earn much but definitely spend a lot. And the ones looking for love, of course. Pyaar Ka Punchnama had the potential to be an instant success, but at the end, it wasn't even worth a watch.
Vikrant, Nishant aka 'Liquid' and Rajat are three bachelors sharing an apartment in Delhi and trying to build a decent life. They're three people on the typical spectrum: one who seems to repel clothes, one who has to be a geek with no social life and of course, the chocolate boy that everybody loves. Their engagement with three good-looking ladies and the 'after the honeymoon' story is what this film is about.
Now, that little summary might make it sound interesting. But rest assured, this is a loaf of very stale bread. None of the actors shows any acting that worth its weight in gold. In fact, if it wasn't for the good costumes, the audience would have probably rejected them. Nonetheless, the movie does have some moments when you can connect with characters. The trouble is, there are just so few.
The director-cum-many-other-things Luv Ranjan seems to have predetermined that his movie would last for two and a half hours and then wrote the story. Suspense is a good tool for any director, but when the ending is absolutely obvious, suspense just stretches the movie beyond acceptable limits. Two things really troubled me about the movie: the fact that Liquid paid for Charu's manicure so that she could romp up her boyfriend in Hyderabad, which I think no self-respecting person would ever do; and the horrendously long wait for the guys to dump their girls.
The acting was pathetic. The famous five-minute lecture by Vikrant (Raayo Bakhirta), which raised expectation for the movie, turns out to be just another addition to the boring diatribe that the actors indulge in every now and then. The lines have no imagination, there is nothing to hold the audience to the story... I might as well have fast forwarded by an hour and I would not have missed a thing!
Why did this movie get any audience at all? For one, the lead actor is good-looking and therefore, he sells. And the premise of the story is pretty good. In the beginning, the director tried to avoid projecting the girls as villainous fiends scheming their men's downfall, but eventually, that's what happened. From good potential the movie goes straight down the cliff.
PKP was a true test of patience and at the end, I was rewarded with a music video Ban Gaya Kutta which did evoke some laughter (especially the Monroe-impersonation). But then, it's not that good that you should watch the whole movie for it. And really, 'ban gaya kutta,' couldn't the lyricist have come up with some more imaginative lyrics?! (OTFS)