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Kuch Spice To Make It Meetha  : No spice, no meetha
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Slice of life
Adeeb Rais
Purab Kohli, Nauheed Cyrussi, Mansheel Gujral, Mustafa Hussain.
Its 1 sole unique point is that you won’t find it in any movie hall, it is the 1st film that’s available free online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JB6MTT2MtI In every other way it’s one of those seen-a-thousand-times kinda story where the happy routine of a guy goes for a complete toss when his girlfriend of seven years wants to tie the knot.

The plot: Akshay Rana (Purab Kohli) is a divorce lawyer who witnesses marriages breaking up almost every day. He is living with his photographer girlfriend Tarana (Nauheed Cyrusi) for seven years and her parents ask her only one question – when’s the big day? But when Tarana finally asks Akshay this question, he freaks out. Where did the ‘m’ word crop up from in their well-settled lives? Akshay needs time to think. But time waits for no man my friend and the relationship peters out as they want different things. Will Tarana’s absence change Akshay’s mind?

The good: The best thing about this film is that it has a web release, so you don’t waste time going anywhere to see it. And mercifully it is only a half-hour film. The performance of Mansheel Gujral who plays Shisthi, Akshay’s friend is noticeable and has some substance.

The bad: The story is flat and the film seems more like a theatre play. Since it’s a very, very short film, the plot is incomplete and vague in parts. Even the court room scene seems like a scene on stage. There’s no reference as to why or how Akshay decides to get married when he is so commitment phobic. Even when he decides to get back together, it appears as though he agreed because he needed someone to take him to the doc after falling off a stool. And why is Chef Sanjeev Kapoor even a part of the film when he is in it for barely two mins? The lack of chemistry between Purab and Nauheed make them look more like friends than a couple.

Overall: If you have nothing to do and have half hour to waste, go for it. But you’ve been warned – you’ll find neither spice nor a story out here.

– Petrina D’Souza

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