Mujhse Fraandship Karoge – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 14, 2011 | 2 Comment
PRODUCER – Ashish Patil
DIRECTOR – NUPUR ASTHANA
WRITER – Pooja Desai, Ashish Patil
CAST – Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D’Souza
MUSIC – Raghu Dixit
Youth films are now films of and for the Facebook Generation. Or that’s what ‘Mujhse Fraandship Karoge’ would have you believe. But that is probably not the film’s fault. The social network has taken over lives dramatically. So you don’t really blame the students of HRMC for sending friend requests, uploading prank videos and trying to find love by chatting on FB. Thankfully, that is not all they do.
So far so good. The two that hit off so well online can’t stand each other offline. And as an audience it is a quick note for some future predictabilities. Vishal calls the chat ‘Malvika’ out on a date and Preity accepts. He sends Rahul and she sends Malvika. Why, when this would only complicate matters, one would ask. Probably, the makers didn’t ask so we go along with it.
A few twists in the tale later Preity and Vishal find their special connection but then what happens to Rahul and Malvika and the duos ‘passion’ for them?
The film unfolds with energy to its predictable end. It keeps conversations extremely light, tight and funny. It keeps its characters yuppie, urban but human, not cardboard cut-out. It keeps all the elements of a fun-filled youth romance and carries us along despite discrepancies and illogic. We go with the ride and enjoy most of the breeziness.
The director displays a rather keen grasp of youth mannerisms and language, translating a genuinely engaging narrative. Unlike many pretentiously superficial youth films we see. However, a lack of memorable faces or distinctive moments leave it as a yet another youth film about college, friendships, romance with colourful sets and clothes.
There is a charming appeal to the histrionics of Vishal and Preity. While one’s whacky antics have a nice energy the other’s mix of cute and earthy makes for a feel-good romance. We get to care for their friendship. The characters of Rahul and Malvika are meant to draw their roles out of stereotypes but the actors do not succeed fully in doing so, seeming lukewarm more often than not.
There is enough foot-tapping dancing to go with this one. Pretty girls turn stunning and the feel-goodness never loses steam. It’s a pity there isn’t anything special about this rather well-told story. But there are quite a few redeeming factors which include intelligent story-telling and a fun-filled two hours. Not a bad deal, at all.