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Love U...Mr. Kalakaar!  : Embrace the 70s
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Romance
S Manasvi
Tusshar Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Prem Chopra, Ram Kapoor, Madhoo, Jai Kalra
It’s feel-good Rajshri fare again with goodness triumphing over sharp business skills.

The plot: Ritu (Amrita Rao), daughter of bigtime industrialist Deshraj Dewan (Ram Kapoor) falls in love with artist-cartoonist Sahil Rastogi (Tusshar Kapoor). But Dewan’s sis Vidya (Madhoo) has been through that route (of falling in love with and marrying a kalakaar, a writer) with disastrous results and he’s not going to let history repeat itself in this household. When he relents, it’s only to put Sahil through a three-month test to run his sprawling business empire and register better profits this quarter. Sahil proves that he’s the right man in the wrong job and dad Dewan is converted by the sincere goodness in his daughter’s choice. His father-in-law Brijbhushan (Prem Chopra) serves as the mirror who shows Dewan that he too had been a nobody when he’d got married. And that values count more than money-making abilities.

The good: The rich industrialist, the father who tests his prospective son-in-law (recall Prem’s trial in Maine Pyar Kiya) and naive-sweet goodness are all familiar Barjatya territory. But fortunately the overwhelming joint family togetherness has been dropped. Also, Vidya has a pleasing array of designer sarees and chudidar-kurtas and is not handed widow’s weeds to play the bua whose kalakaar husband drank himself to death. Post-interval, the film picks up pace and you sort of get used to the old world feel of the film. Tusshar Kapoor has an innate sincerity that goes well with Sahil’s character.

The bad: The Barjatyas have a way of packing their cast with ‘sideys’ and actors who are clearly not A-grade. So a suitor, a moll and a couple of office villains who are such clichés in a script, find their way into Love U...Mr.Kalakaar!  The first half is a complete time warp with Amrita Rao’s sweet-simple-simper going well with that ambience.

Overall: City slick youngsters will fidget and get restless while the interiors and single screens might just lap this up.

– Bharathi S Pradhan

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