Damadamm – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 28, 2011 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – Studio 18, HR Musik
DIRECTOR – Swapna Waghmare
WRITER – Himesh Reshammiya (Story / Writer), Subrat Sinha (Screenplay and dialogue)
CAST – Himesh Reshammiya, Purbi Joshi, Sonal Sehgal
MUSIC – Himesh Reshammiya
It would be lovely to call the film a ‘war of the exes’ or give some such (over) smart tag. But a review is supposed to give its audience an honest perspective of what the film is like, hence that would be cheating. Smart it isn’t and its bid to being simple is so simplistic that it manages to lose the little sweetness it sprinkles around. War of the exes it is for sure but a rather tired and routine one.
Sameer (Himesh Reshammiya) and Shikha (Purbi Joshi) are in a relationship with each other for five years. They work at the same place but Shikha’s constant nagging nature leaves Sameer no room for breath. In walks the pretty Sanjana, the boss’ sister like fresh air. Just then Shikha has to travel to Indore and Sameer, ‘free’ of Shikha’s over-bearing presence strikes a friendship with Sanjana. On return Shikha suspects their proximity to be more and a break-up follows. Sameer decides to get hitched to Sanjana but is it going to be that easy?
The premise of the film is simple and rather sincere. Old vs new love never fails to stir tender nostalgic strings in our hearts. Unfortunately, Sameer never becomes the character we can root for unflinchingly neither does Shikha’s one-dimensionally negative character in the first half encourages us to care.
The film moves from emotional to sensitive to comic in a rather mindless manner, trying to balance all but failing to completely. The comedy is caricaturish and tasteless while the characters aren’t fleshed out enough for us to engage with emotions.
If the film moves with a certain grace and entertainment value, whatever little, it is primarily due to the female cast. Purbi Joshi, an already proven storehouse of talent on TV puts up a spirited performance even in the face of a bare and sketchy character. Sonal Sehgal is pretty and convincing at the same time and manages to bring out the shades of her character well, never letting it slip into stereotype. This she does without the help of writing. Himesh Reshammiya on the other hand, remains more of a sore thumb, what with his lack of screen presence, pleasing personality and acting abilities. However, his music remains foot-tapping and catchy as usual. It brings a certain colour to the lacklustre proceedings what with its unusual lyrics and the famous nasal twang. Having said that, it is strictly for fans and doesn’t have the wider appeal Himeshbhai is known to have at times.
But then, who watches a movie just for its music?