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Pyar ka Punchnama - Review

Pyar ka Punchnama

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

She's a user, he's a loser. In each of the three couples. Thank goodness for some decent lines and situations that make it a decent date film.

[Poster for Pyar ka Punchnama]

To say that Pyaar Ka Punchnama relies heavily on the stereotyping women would be stating the obvious in an understated manner. But you are here; you are watching the film, might as well give in. And you see yourself in a land of puppies and bitches. Women are the most unreasonable, flaky, demanding, ruthlessly selfish kind of human beings. As a corollary, the other kind of humans is puppy-in-distress all the way from the eyes to the heart. If you manage to get past these obvious, annoying assumptions, there are a few situations; a few lines that make you smile because they remind you of someone you know.

It is actually possible to enjoy the film if you assume that the writer/director, Luv Ranjan is not stupid enough to actually believe that all women fall in the intolerable, slappable category and all men are aawwww-so-cute-and-helpless. You have to give Luv the benefit of doubt and believe that he just happened to pick these characters. It's not like they don't exist in real life.

After giving our writer/director so much, I enjoyed the characters. Only the men of course. Even as I blamed them for letting their women get them into unredeemable situations, the women themselves - at most times, I wanted to slap. In that sense the direction, the lines and the performances have succeeded. The only reason I won't rip apart the movie is the performances and what could have gone wrong with them. Each of the six main characters do a great job with their character. They actually behave like normal people.

In fact, they surprised me. I'd be the last person to laugh or even smile at a monologue by a guy (Kartikeya Tiwari) about his frustrations with his girlfriend. Especially when it's long, oh-so long. But as it grew longer, it started making me laugh. Despite the repetition. I actually felt bad for the poor chap and his claustrophobic situation.

If only the broad plots had a little more meat. They picked three similar starts, they chose three different situations and had three similarly "bleh" ways to end it. And yet it's one of those half-decent chick-flicks. I can see couples getting into an argument after watching it. And a movie that gets people to discuss it is a movie that has succeeded, even if it is in its own crooked way.

This one made me wonder too. NO! not about the men and women in my life. About movies and their dependence on contrasts. A couple of weeks ago we saw Luv ka the end, where the guy was all out despicable and here we have a film that has made the woman in me hate some of the women the film represents. What's with the stark extremes? Is it because "balance" is boring?

- meetu, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A slap or two.
  • Language: Lots of abusive language, all beeped out.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Lots of talk about sex. Has pre-marital sexual relationships and lots of on-screen making out.
  • Concept: That of women using men and men wanting to be used.
  • General Look and Feel: Young(?)

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 2
  • Story: 2.5
  • Lead Actors: 3.5
  • Character Artists: 2
  • Dialogues: 2.5
  • Screenplay: 2
  • Music Director: 2
  • Lyrics: 2

Pyar ka Punchnama - Movie Details

Pyar ka Punchnama - Trailer

Comments (3)

amit kaundinya:

Its definitely a chilled out film and Luv Rajan may create stereotypes with his female characters but no doubt such characters do exist. And anyways the movie is know social movie with a message not to love...its just a fun movie to have a break with your friends and say hmmm "Oh this looks something similar :) "

meetu:

@AJ ha ha...true. Or maybe you can think of it as, if a female reviewer thought it was ok, the men would find it only better and take a decision based on that :P

balveer:

This is really entertaining and full of fun movie. I really enjoyed it. This first time I saw this movie with full laughter and really enjoyed it. Acting of all three male actor is amazing particularly that Liquid... very hilarious.

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