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Ajab Gazabb Love  : Neither Ajab Nor Gazabb
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Friday, October 26, 2012
Romantic comedy
Sanjay Gadhvi
Jackky Bhagnani, Nidhi Subbaiah, Arjun Rampal
It’s the season of clichés, here comes another farce in the burgeoning collection of tiresome rom-coms.

The plot: Rajveer Grewal (Jackky Bhagnani), the hardworking son of automobile tycoon Yashwardhan Grewal (Darshan Jariwala), falls in love with sociology student Madhuri Singh Chauhan (Nidhi Subbaiah). Madhuri detests rich kids, the Grewals shift into a hut to play poor. For the twist in the tale,   Madhuri is the over-protected sis of rich twins Karan and Arjun (Arjun Rampal, twice over) who keep switching their identities to put more confusion into the cauldron, sorry comedy.

The good: You won’t tax your brain for sure as it’s simple and straight. Likably, there are no double meaning dialogues and is pretty much a family film barring a couple of liplocks.  The humour is sporadic but it exists and the story itself builds up pretty engagingly.

Debutant Nidhi is fairly fetching and Jackky Bhagnani is endearing in places. Kirron Kher and Darshan Jariwala make an amusing pair with a cute camaraderie and a lot of screen presence. Even Arjun Rampal, surprise, surprise, is convincing in a short double role.

The music by Sajid-Wajid is bouncy and chirpy with ‘Boom boom’ doing well on the charts. But snipping the length of the songs would have helped to keep it crisp.

The bad: With nothing new to offer either in the story or its treatment and its utter predictability, you want to ask with despair, why was it made in the first place? Is it the same director of Dhoom (Sanjay Gadhvi) at work here? Mayur Puri may also bow out for dull dialogues and a stale screenplay.

Overall:  It will be ajab-gajabb if you can’t find a better way to amuse yourself this weekend.


– Pooja Thakkar

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