A Fresh Rom-Com with a Mind-blowing Performance from Parineeti


What does one do with the oft-repeated romantic comedy genre to remain fresh and connect? How does one reinvent something that has almost become passé with overuse?

Young director Vinil Mathew and his co-writers have the right answers: the done-to-death NRI locales and characters are eschewed, the humor and emotional moments are devised to come out from relatable situations (even if the situations are taken to a permissible level of fictional extremes), and the triangle comes from a hero Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) and two sisters Meeta and Karishma (Parineeti Chopra and Adah Sharma respectively), one of whom is the black sheep of the family.

And yes, the love story takes shape over seven years, between people who are social misfits in the traditional sense of the term! What’s more, one of the protagonists is a scientist – the last time we saw that in a rom-com was in that 1970 musical masterpiece, “Abhinetri,” in which Shashi Kapoor was one! That movie was a fresh path-breaking film for those times as well!

The innate conflicting sensibilities of Karan Johar and his co-producers (Phantom, the company that made the tepid and absurd “Lootera” and the over-rated “Udaan”) blend with a decided Karan-ian slant in this third of Johar’s recent small rom-coms: after the niche “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu” and the disastrous “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein.”

By Indiawest

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