Sunday, July 4, 2010

I Hate Love Storys (2010) - All Fluff, No Meat

Boy loves girl, girl loves boy, with a few complications thrown in, in the backdrop of a parody of our lovy dovy bollywood flicks! 

For the first sixty minutes, our hero (Imran Khan) can't get over the fact that love stories are bull*, for the next, he can't get over the fact that he's fallen for the same bull*. A terribly predictable love triangle where the her, heroine, after two and a half hours, realize they can't live without each other. A realization that comes, soon enough, in every Hindi film. 

The screenplay is a drag, but traces of our candyfloss celluloid - DDLJ, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil Chahta Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum, Mohabbatein, Devdas, Sawariya - keep up the interest. A musical second half makes up for an otherwise sluggish-in-bits-and-parts film.

I never quite liked Imran but he's fared well in this one. [His best performance, hands down was in Ekk Main aur Ekk Tu]. He and his fatty sidekick have superb timings. He's adorable in every frame (loved what he's wearing) and particularly charming in Sadka Kiya, shot in New Zealand. Notice him in the title song. I thought he was tad awkward, prolly shy, with women around (wink wink). 

Sonam looks petite and pretty. Both make a cute pair and played their bits well (save a few scenes). Chocolate boy Sameer Dattani (the third angle in the love triangle) too managed well enough in his 'fugly' shirts.

It's tough to rate a film above average when the most important thing (the script) doesn't fall in place.