Humble in ambition, this film is a lukewarm romantic comedy based in Lucknow and Mumbai. The plot is simple. Babloo (Sharman Joshi) is the son of a wealthy family in Lucknow but cannot get married because he does not love any girl he considers a wife. He likes Avantika (Pooja Chopra) as a “match” one day, but when she tells him that she has had five boyfriends and can’t empathize with an unambitious man who is comfortable with her money. family, he is disappointed.
Shortly after, he meets Swati (Tejashree Pradhan), who takes the first step. Families approve and they hang on. Swati apologizes for consuming their “suhaag raat” and runs away when Babloo is sound asleep, leaving a note of regret. She wants to be an actress in Mumbai but her family would never approve, so she chose this path!
A shocked Babloo is pushed by his father (Rajesh Sharma) to go to Mumbai and bring back the errant bride, and when he lands in the city, Swati is actually filming a high profile TV show called “Swati Ka Syayamwar” (so how on earth did she become this instant star ???). Babloo meets Avantika there and she helps him find Swati. And Babloo again falls in love with Avantika, who this time returns the favor.
However, after that the script gives a narrative jerk and we have an absurd triangular climax at a wedding arranged for Babloo and Swati (Babloo has now signed divorce papers in Mumbai!) And no prize for guessing what is happening. will then pass.
The main problem with this film is that it lacks any sort of commercial and cinematic ambition, with a dominant B-quality philosophy. There is no effort to rise above the ordinary in any department except the music where songs by Jeet Gangguli (a routine composition by Indraadip Sengupta) like “Kasam”, âJiya Nahin Lagtaâ and âBanna Banniâ are much better than the pieces of shit you hear in Hindi cinema these days. For those who want their ubiquitous dose of Punjab in music (for a subject based on UP again !!), there is “Jealous”.
Banerjee’s directing and Saurabh Pandey’s writing have flashes of inspiration, that’s all. Pandey delivers a funny line or two, but also prefers repeated references to genitals to be seen as comedy. Banerjee, who is said to be a veteran of Bengali cinema, is also the DOP, but even in this department he rarely exceeds the average.
This is the first film in which I see the dreaded Rajesh Sharma uncomfortable as Babloo’s father. The writing and directing clearly did. Manoj Joshi hams. Aakash Dabhade as the hero’s cousin is just unbearable, as is Sumit Gulati as a cousin. Of the two heroines, Tejashree Pradhan is doing pretty well while Pooja Chopra is a little better. And Asrani has nothing to do with it.
Sharman Joshi could have saved this movie, but there’s only that to do with a half-baked character, and he does. The staid, virginal 35-year-old man from Lucknow dances like a Punjabi munda in “Jealous” and is placed in weird situations like the final marriage and can’t do anything better than go through the moves.
This one could have been a hilarious ride but doesn’t even reach halfway. It had the potential of a “Coolie No. 1” (strictly that of 1995) but nowhere even compared to the pleasant “FryDay” of 2018. Of course, in such wacky romantic adventures, Govinda us lack.
Produced By: Ajay Rajwani
Directed by Agnidev Chatterjee
Written by: Saurabh Pandey
Music: Jeet Gannguli & Indraadip Dasgupta
With: Sharman Joshi, Pooja Chopra, Tejashree Pradhan, Rajesh Sharma, Manoj Joshi, Aakash Dabhade, Asrani, Sumit Gulati, Prakriti Nautiyal, Dhruv Thukral and others