Ajab Gazabb Love - Review
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Did you know? The rich - both honest and corrupt - can love too, so what if they have money, they have a heart too. Baah! That is what Ajab Gazabb Love harps on. So, we have Madhuri (Nidhi Subbaiah) who carries fancy bags, struts on fancier shoes and has clothes that seem to be wanting to make a fashion statement claims to hate the rich. If that isn't superficial enough, in a scene later in the film, she refuses to take money from her family while continuing a lavish lifestyle as a sociology student that the same money seems to have bought. If that weren't enough a very rich Rajveer (Jackky Bhagnani) falls for her and HAS to lie that he's poor for she ofcourse, hates the rich. That's how you juice the comedy out of this romantic comedy.
You wonder who Ajab Gazabb Love is targetted at. It couldn't be for the economically not-so-well-to-do because all it does through the film is make fun of the poor. Of course, it isn't so directly, it is masked under making fun of rich family who are compelled to behave like they are poor. And all this because of course, the script is all about the hundred other lies to cover that one like that Rajveer initiated.
Not one scene is devoid of pretentious melodrama giving the whole film a spoofy feel. A spoof of what, you wonder. Hindi films? Really? If that is the serious intention, it so didn't fit whatever can be called the story. The melodrama is brought to you by some extremely over-the-top acting by the support cast led from the front be Kirron Kher. Darshan Jariwala tries to bring in some calm and Arshad Warsi does make an attempt with a mix of his comic timing and a south Indian accent.
Nidhi Subbaiah has an extremely regressive and shallow role to play and she does whatever she can with it. Jackky Bhagnani starts off fine, but soon enough it becomes the run-of-the-mill mush typical of a movie that stereotypes so. However, there was one loud, hearty laugh by what seemed like 100% of the 20 people watching the film when Jackky oh-so-dramatically makes a serious 'sacrifice' dialogue and ends it with the most ridiculously lame line possible. Not that there are too many of other kind of lines. But this one was hilarious because it was so predictable.
And of course, your patience with unpredictability is tested when you are subjected to a song out of the blue. The choreography, music and lyrics are as unoriginal as they look in the trailers.
You don't really expect too much logic in a film that falls in this genre of rom-com that is intentionally over-the-top. But, you'd think there would be some charming moments between say father and son or mother and son or brother and sister in a film that seems to have so much family in its core story. I guess that's a bit much to expect when there no 'moments' even between the lead couple of this rom-com.
This review is by guest reviewer meetu. meetu is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA but she’d rather not keep books or run a business. She deployed her analytical skills to reviewing movies instead and, along the way, rediscovered her sense or humor. Doing this she is to exploit both her love for movies and writing. She thinks it is unfair to narrate the story of a movie in a 'review' - unfair to the makers, the audience, and the reviewer (not challenging enough). So, she took it upon herself to write reviews, "Without Giving the Movie Away". meetu also blogs at http://minusi.com/.
- Violence: None, only talk of killing, etc.
- Language: Clean, except for the songs with words like liplock stuck in.
- Nudity & Sexual content: Skimpily clad men and women. A song with liplock mentioned and one hint of a lip-to-lip kiss.
- Concept: The rich can love too.
- General Look and Feel: Bright and loud.
Ajab Gazabb Love - Movie Details
- Official Sites: YouTube Wikipedia IMDB
- Banner: Puja Entertainment
- Producer: Vashu Bhagnani
- Director: Sanjay Gadhavi
- Lead Cast: Jacky Bhagnani, Nidhi Subbaiah, Arjun Rampal
- Supporting Cast: Arshad Warsi, Kirron Kher, Darshan Jariwala
- Screenplay: Mayur Puri
- Dialogues: Mayur Puri
- Cinematography: Chirantan Das
- Editor: Amitabh Shukla
- Background Score: Sandeep Shirodkar
- Choreography: Bosco, Caesar Gonsalves, Ganesh Hegde
- Music Director: Sajid, Wajid
- Lyrics: Priya Panchal, Kausar Munir, Sukhjit Thandi
- Costume Designer: Niharika Khan, Anirudh Singh, Anoushka Veljee, Deepika Lalwani
- Art Direction: Aparna Sud
- Running time: 120 minutes
- Reviewer: meetu
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
- Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance, Slapstick
Ajab Gazabb Love - Trailer
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