Another romcom based on the ‘opposites attract’ theme, this one shows up
the culture clash between complacent Banarasis and fast-moving
The plot: All is well
with Banarasibabu aka Pappu aka Vidyadhar Acharya (VinayPathak) until a
single woman moves in next door. Mehek (Neha Dhupia) is his complete
opposite and she irritates Pappu, who is already fed up of Mumbai and
its ‘odd’ inhabitants. To add to his misery this lady manages to invade
his house and decides to live there until she finds a new one. She
doesn’t even think twice about slapping him, after entering his own
house. It’s a war zone until peace prevails. Hmmm, ever after?
The good: This isn’t your average romcom, it has social
aspirations and attempts to delve into the cultural differences of
modern-day India. This is depicted an average bloke’s bewilderment when
confronted with the pace and alien values of Mumbai city. Until he falls
in love with it. Though familiar territory, the film has its moments
and gets a few laughs from the contrasting personalities of the lead
pair. Vinay Pathak puts in an effortless performance once again and Neha
is convincing too. But talented actors like Rajat Kapoor (who plays
Palash) are wasted. Naseeruddin Shah as Bauji adds a breath of fresh air
to a rather monotonous film. Director Saurabh Shukla deserves a special
mention for meticulous detailing of cultures and lifestyles.
The bad: The film drags on endlessly, interspersed with humourless, boring spells where the energy drops and it looks done-and-dusted.
the scenario where Neha Dhupia barges into a male neighbour’s house
with all her luggage, is indigestible, as is Vinay Pathak’s reaction
when he makes no effort to evict her. It’s become par for the course to
see Vinay Pathak do such roles that seem to have become synonymous with
him. Didn’t we just see it all in Chalo Dilli?
Overall: A simple, uncomplicated film, with some decent humour. Low on logic and no-no on the novelty meter.
– Pooja Thakkar