Director: Luv Ranjan
Producer: Abhishek Pathak
Banner: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Wide Frame Pictures
Music Director: Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Soni, Luv Ranjan, Ad Boys
Lyricist: Luv Ranjan
Star Cast: Sonali Sehgal, Nushrat Bharucha, Ishita Sharma, Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakirta, Divyendu Sharma
May 20, 2011
Youth-centric rom-coms have always got the box office tinkling, no matter what! This time, however, Bollywood is all set to tread the path but with a twist. Don't get your neurons working so soon, for the twist is just a little - it's anti-rom-com and cashing on this mantra is the latest 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama'. Before heading straight to the evaluation, it's amazing to see how many love stories we have been and will be subjugated to — recently released 'Luv Ka The End', 'Love You…Mr Kalakaar' and the upcoming 'Kucch Luv Jaisaa', 'A Strange Love Story' and 'Love Express'. Wonder we sure would have a love and anti-love overdose by the end of it all! Anyways, coming back to 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama', the film is witty, intelligent and contemporary, but isn't that what youth-centric rom-coms are supposed to be. For die-hard conventional rom-com lovers, 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama' is more suicidal than anything else! In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that they may find certain sequences of the movie absolutely sacrilegious and impious but then this is what it is supposed to be — a satire on 'love and relationships'.
The premise of the movie takes the belief "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus" a notch higher, with Venus being looked upon as the most uncongenial and bizarre planet in the whole of solar system by the characters. Until Rajat, Vikrant and Liquid are bounded by their boring jobs and spiceless life, they find women to be an epitome of beauty (unanimously) but just when they manage to find their respective beaus, their assumptions break down and out pops yet another unanimous belief - women are moody, crazy, demanding and peace-less beings with no understanding whatsoever. And so, the circle which started with blossoming relationship and moved further to men becoming puppets at the hands of the moody crazy women, go further with men breaking free from the shackles and getting liberated. Reading this, you may find that the 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama' forwards nothing which is close to being called a 'eureka' of a story, but one thing it manages to does is that it does bring the fun, sparkle, liveliness and joie de vivre back to the big screen.
Kudos to debutant director Luv Ranjan for he has very well caught the nerves of the youth and brought forward what we can call a real and relatable tale in today's time. There is no happily-till-ever-after mode; in fact, it is the same that has been beaten to death with the fresh mantra if-you-don't-like-it-don't bear-up-with-it. The dialogues are ditto to the lingo used by the youth today in their everyday yip-yapping. Intertwined with witty one-liners here and there, you are sure to find them appealing and crackling. Wondering what mars the movie? Well, it is the inordinate length and monotonous and boring sequences. The director stretches the plain paper thin concept like a rubber only to make viewers restless and twitchy. Another aspect of the movie that does not quite well take off is the fight-makeup-fight sequence. Well, if the two can't bear the sight of each other then why not give each other a break (and us too)?
Music is strictly decent with songs ‘Ban Gaya Kutta’ and ‘Ishq Na Kariyo Kaake’ a little above average. Cinematography is okay, nothing exceptional. Coming to the performance, the newcomers are noteworthy. With no baggage of an image, they give up an honest performance. Out of the Mars lot, one man who is the most eye-catching and can be tagged as the show-stealer is the geeky lover, Divyendu. The transformation which he undergoes is subtle and believable. Kartikeya gets into the act quite late but does well in the final scenes. Rayo is fine, in sync with his character. What is interesting to note is the relationship that the three share. As for the Venus, it is Nushrat Bharucha who walks away with the crown. Her role of a grumpy possessive lover is top-notch - a power-packed performance! Ishita does justice to her role, especially in the sequence when she lashes out at Divyendu. As for model-turned-actress Sonalli Sehgal, she is decent but one can say she is better off as a model than an actor.
Final Call: This satirical take on 'love and relationships' is both whacky and clumsy. Go for it if you haven't seen a movie lately and want to watch one.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama Pre-release Review
2011 seems to be the year of new faces and youth oriented movies. What can one expect from an absolutely new bunch of movie makers and debutant actors being launched in an A-grade affair? For debutant producer Abhishek Pathak, what comes as a great challenge is his intelligent spirits of handling a package of fresh principle star cast and provide justice to his friend Luv Ranjan, another first time director. Out from the kitty of a fresh, and ‘promising’ production house, enters ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’, bannered under Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Wide Frame Pictures. The lively and energetic music, composed by Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Soni, Luv Ranjan, Ad Boys, and penned by Luv Ranjan, add to the youthful flavor of the movie. ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ is set to hit the silver screen on May 20, 2011.
‘Pyaar ka Punchnama’ narrates the story of three jilted lovers who plan to teach girls a lesson. Rajat, Chaudhary, and Liquid are three best friends, craving for true love to add spice to their lackluster and monotonous working jobs. Soon, each one finds his respective love interest, only to realize that it’s not easy falling in love with a ‘woman’. Rajat finds his perfect life partner in Neha, not until he moves in to live with her and deems her as his only life. The cupid strikes Chaudhary with Riya, the girlfriend of his acquaintance Varun. Well, what can you expect, you know it. Understanding hits them and Riya ditches Varun to turn girlfriend to Chaudhary. The shy Liquid too isn’t left behind as he happily approaches Charu, his colleague who only considers him as her best friend and not boyfriend, all thanks to her long-distance beau Abhijeet.
Sequences probe him to don the roles of a secretary, domestic help, waiter, and everything, but not a boyfriend. Though these love stories seem to be simple and seen-that types, it is the girls who add drama and twists to this otherwise calm and smooth melodrama. As they say, mistakes teach you a lot, so do our three lover boys. With attempts of getting closer to their respective beaus, they realize that they are no more the guys they actually were. Will they surrender to their loss or take up as a challenge and stand up to show their worth in a girl’s life? The peppery and side-splitting dialogues, describing the frustration of lover boys to find ways of understanding the already confused women, promise to deliver a rib-tickling journey of love and vengeance. A lot of money riding on the shoulders of these young guns, how successful ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ proves to be, will only be revealed on May 20, 2011 when it hits the silver screen.