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Ajab, Gajab, Love – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 27, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Vashu Bhagnani
DIRECTOR – Sanjay Gadhvi
WRITER – Mayur Puri
CAST – Jackky Bhagnani, Nidhi Subbaiah, Arjun Rampal, Arshad Warsi, Kirron Kher, Darshan Jariwala
MUSIC – Sajid-Wajid, Tarli Digital

Plots of mistaken identities generally make for delightful comedies. In ‘Ajab Gajab Love’, multi-millionaire Rajveer (Jackky Bhagnani) not only postures as a poor guy but makes his entire family do so. What’s more they play along. While we may think it is extremely sporting for them to do so, what ensues is a tepid and half-hearted tamasha.

Rajveer Grewal, heir apparent of his dad’s automobile empire and engineer of the Dream Car (DC as they insist on calling it) falls hook, line and sinker for Madhuri (Nidhi Subbaiah). Problem is she is a socialist and hates the rich. So Rajveer creates a parallel lifestyle that involves a poverty-ridden family and persuades everyone to act along. Everyone does, including his upright father after some initial hee-hawing. Enter Madhuri’s twin brothers Karan-Arjun (Arjun Rampal in a double role) with the history of a one-time professional discord between the influential Karan Singh and Yashvardhan, Rajveer’s father. It all looks set to blow up in your face when the threads of the jumble are pulled out, but all one ends up doing is waiting in a wait that goes nowhere.

A shoddy screenplay is largely the problem of the film, although not its only one. It pans out in an erratic fashion with urgent conflicts played without a sense of importance. Everything seems to be happening way too easily. Even though Rajveer’s loving family is endearing at times, except for a few heartfelt and hilarious moments (credits for the former to Darshan Jariwala and latter to Kirron Kher) there simply isn’t enough to engage with. The expected conflict between Karan and Yashvardhan is smoothed out in an amazingly dull spirit.

Made with the aesthetics of a conventional Bollywood well-budgeted film, its production values see-saw between decent and shabby but its sense of style is extremely unflattering. So we see a usually graceful Kirron Kher overly laden with jewels and in tacky sarees and a supposedly middle-class Madhuri, the centre-piece of all this action, in unbecoming casuals. Sprawling bungalows and bustling steel-n-glass offices simply cannot make up.

The film has everything, romance, comedy, drama, hummable Bollywoodian song-n-dance sequences shot in exotic locales. It also has some ticklish performances by Kirron Kher, Arjun Rampal and Arshad Warsi. But it simply lacks a protagonist with a personality and talent at its centre and a love interest worth all the trouble. Jackky Bhagnani, in his third outing is as bland as is Nidhi Subbaiah, the girl of his dreams and together they take down this ship that anyways was precarious perched. However, Kirron Kher supplies some hilarious moments with her over-the-top act that she seems to absolutely enjoy playing. Arshad Warsi is equally delightful in a cameo undeserving of his talent and Darshan Jariwala manages to bring gravity to his role without hamming it up. But the surprise package is Arjun Rampal who does the twin role of the hot-headed, arrogant Karan and soft and mild Arjun to truly amusing effect.

The film had an interesting plot, one if well-written, well-directed and cast right could have turned into a thoroughly enjoyable experience. In its current form though, its probable one might flip the channel even when it’s playing on the telly.

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