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Pyaar Ka Punchnama  : It’s a guy thing but fun
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Friday, May 20, 2011
Luv Ranjan
Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonali Sehgal, Nushrat Bharucha, Ishita Sharma
An out-and-out entertainer, this will have you in splits with a backdrop taken straight from today’s youth. Do not try finding logic, you will be looking forever.

The plot: A witty take from a man’s perspective about relationships and love, the movie revolves around the life of three friends, Vikrant (Rayo Bhakhirta), Rajat (Kartikeya Tiwari) and Nishant a.k.a Liquid (Divyendu Sharma) who are keen for the presence of women in their lives, and manage getting one each for themselves. Rajat is in a live-in relationship with the manipulative Neha (Nushrat Bharucha) while Liquid happily plays best buddy to Charu (Ishita Sharma), a work colleague who is in a long-distance relationship. Meanwhile, Vikrant is involved with Riya (Sonalli Sehgal), a friend’s ex. The movie is a topsy-turvy ride dotted with drama, laughter and swear words.

The good: Although the three-guys-pattern tends to remind you of movies such as Dil Chahta Hai and Masti, this one manages its own stand, relying on its role reversal concept of portraying women as the troublemakers. The humour of the movie is smartly done, with style and content, which saves the movie from being intense and thought-provoking. Even though the movie is a man’s perspective it is not one-dimensional, and there are times when you empathize with the ladies. You can simply sit and be a part of the fun. The three guys put in impressive debut performances, especially Kartikeya Tiwari with his monologue, while the music by Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Soni, Luv Ranjan and Ad Boys is foot-tapping.

The bad: Granted, the girls here wreak havoc in the guys’ lives, but that is not an excuse to portray them as insensitive, idiotic, inappropriately dressed bimbos who even sleep with their makeup on. A few things simply seem out of place, like why Neha struts instead of walking, why Charu dresses like she is going for a holiday instead of office or why Vikrant can never have his pants on, when at home. Also, the extent to which guys would go to keep their girls happy, is a little over the top. The girls are not really believable enough while the end is a little abrupt.

Overall: Guys, go watch this one as it accurately mirrors your thoughts. Gals, watch this to acquaint yourself with the ‘guy’ ideology.  

– Nikita Periwal

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