Review - I Hate Luv Storys: Spoof or remake?

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?) - unless you don't mind a half-bad film
quick review:

Was there any good reason why they had to give us one more reason to cringe at love stories? Sure, I hate luv storys makes for a decent date flick, but it's not perfect and neither is it the kind of imperfect which is out and out enjoyable.

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I hate sinking feelings. And I hate them even more when they have come after a happy spell. Exactly what I hate LUV stories did to me. The only difference is that it was the reason for the happy spell too which had an untimely death. If you haven't gotten it yet, this one is your regular love story, despite all the dressing up.

The cute quips and the charming one-liners make you smile all through the first half, save maybe the first 5-10 minutes when the lead pair's voiceover is reading you their story. You actually start caressing the hope that the film might actually be 'different'. Only the wishful thought is muscled to pulp in ultra s…l…o…w motion as the second hour begins.

The silver lining is that the film doesn't entirely lose its sense of humor even when the going gets bad. Post-interval too, the everyday humor stays and that's truly a relief from the ping-pong ball treatment accorded to the audience.

Also fortunately, Imran Khan and the music/lyrics/picturisation of the songs keeps you entertained through the trauma. Imran has certainly added well to his range of expressions. Only he has too perfect a face to be a chocolate hero and thus a non-believer in love doesn't quite suit him or rather he failed to get that across. Sonam Kapoor is plain, stiff, flat and I'd like to say expressionless but I can't because of the one expression she maintains.

I'd have loved to brand all love stories as hateful, but we've seen some decent ones. And I'm not talking about the traditional MPKs, QSQTs, and DDLJs. The urban takes on the subject - Love Aaj Kal, Wake Up Sid, Luck By Chance, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na - have not been bad. But remaking all of them and a few more in one film and that too under the guise of a spoof, doesn't really make it a new story. Note that 2 out of the 5 mentioned are from the LOVE GURUS Yash Raj Films and Dharma Productions and 2 others are spoofs.

Statistics, oh well. I can churn out many such numbers to no avail. A good film is one which doesn't rid me of my happy feeling or at the very least wins the make-audience-happy vs. screw-audiences-gray-cells battle. Let's just say the wait for a good film has become just about bearable thanks to I Hate LUV storys. I hope this is the lull before the Hindi filmmakers will hit us with a huge storm. Waiting. . .

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: The main lead flirts and sleeps around
  • Concept: That of love being magic
  • General Look and Feel: Light and bright

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 3
  • Story: 1
  • Lead Actors: 3.5
  • Character Artists: 2
  • Dialogues: 3.5
  • Screenplay: 2
  • Music Director: 3.5
  • Lyrics: 3.5

I Hate Luv Storys - Movie Details

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Roy DSilva:

I am planning to review this movie, do I do not hold much promise to it - it is already a runaway hit with the 'oooh so cute' and 'eh tune usko SMS kiya kya' crowd, so it will be difficult to get my point across if I don't like this movie through the hordes of almost anorexic chicks with dudes who wear glasses to make them look intelligent who would be thronging the movie on a discounted ticket rate :)

meetu:

@roy i assume you meant "though I do not..." :P
but i know what you mean. **fingers crossed** i'm getting desperate to enjoy a movie 100%

Jitaditya:

There is a huge potential for spoofing the cliches of Bollywood...but IHLS doesn't seem to be tht film...I think it'll start well but fall back to the same formula it is looking to deride as the lead actor realizes his "true love" and so on...the reason for such premonitions is the sentimental song "Bin Tere"...

meetu:

@Jitaditya we'll know soon enough. The show I'm going to watch starts in 35 minutes :D

Jitaditya:

yes yes...as expected...thnx for the confirmation...so I don't hav 2 spend money in these difficult times...

meetu:

@Jitaditya exactly as expected for you ;)

@Adi d thank you ji!

Roy DSilva:

Yea, when I first came to this site, the notepad was the most refreshing thing I read. Dont discontinue that please.

IdeaSmith:

Ditto and more, Meetu. I so wish I'd read your review before going for the movie. The past few movies have put me completely off Bollywood. No more movies unless you give them a glowing reference!!

meetu:

@Manan @Roy @shilpa extremely sorry for the delay. I promise I'll publish it with the review now onweards. Till then, here goes

http://wogma.com/movie/i-hate-luv-storys-notepad/

@Idea a lesson learned the hard way :P

@Shuchita I think it should be a light, lazy Sunday watch on DVD or when it's on TV.

meetu:

@Manan hota hai. you have a long rest ahead. :)

Joydeep:

If we compare "I hate love stories" with "Jaane tu ya jane na" then what do you think?The concept of the movie is same and the role of Imran khan is also similar to "Jaane tu ya jaane na".

meetu:

@Joydeep well, i'm not too much for comparing films, but yeah...Imran Khan does have similar roles and I'd say I enjoyed Jaane Tu better...

sportsbun:

Its like the Murphy law, the more you hate it the more it thruster at you. The title said "I Hate Luv Storys" and the movie was projected as a take on the ever so pretty life at Karan Johars.

http://funmidnight.com/i-hate-luv-storys-movie-review/

Pakistani music:

i think its a good one do watch it.

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