Ajab Gazabb Love

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quick review:

True to its name, Ajab Gazabb Love show cases an amazingly weird (not in a good way) love story which is juvenile, regressive and mocks at poverty when the attempt, I assume was to sensitize.

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Director: Sanjay Gadhavi
Running time: 120 minutes
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- meeta, a part of the audience

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.

- meeta, a part of the audience

28 reviewers(?) - 3 yays 9 so-so 16 nays

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Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...it’s Kirron Kher, Arjun Rampal and Arshad Warsi’s characters that breakthrough and how. Their individual efforts drive the film and make it entertaining.... full review

Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Nidhi Subbaiah is the right fit for Jackky. Sweet, innocent, a girl with a heart of gold, she portrays the character convincingly making you fall in love with her. A confident performance. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA : ...Music given by Sajid-Wajid here is a winner. However all the songs were just filler and doesn't help a bit in narration, it therefore only adds the overall entertainment value in the film.... full review

So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Jackyy is surely improving with each new film of his and in AGL he takes one step further looking better.... full review

So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ... To give the credit where it's due, Gadhvi gets the grammar of an entertainer right... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Jackky Bhagnani does a decent job, but at places fails too. Nidhi Subbaiah looks cute, but is handicapped by her half-baked character-sketch., as there are no explanations given for her prejudice about the rich and poor.... full review

So-So, Movie Talkies : ...Though the film has quite a few funny moments, the overall film is not so great…worth a watch, though…... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Making the film thoroughly mundane by interval point are run-of-the-mill songs with dozens of bikini-clad bodies aboard yachts in the Italian Riviera; ... full review

So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...The entire film is almost like a give away with the extreme predictability making you guess the story even before it unfurls in front of you.... full review

So-So, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...Right from using a melodramatic 80s background score while showcasing melodrama to dramatic tone in aggression or even the simple Chinese tune during a sequences that had Chinese people in it, the background score adds ample humour to an already funny sequence.... full review

So-So, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...The story (a remake of Telugu hit 'Seema Tapakai') is mounted on a weak idea, with paucity of funny moments and well-written scenes.... full review

So-So, by Rahul Desai, Upper Stall : ...Fortunately for Jackky, he is overshadowed by an experienced cast and crew who have clearly decided to let their hair loose.... full review

Thumbs down, by Priya Sharma, Bolly Spice : ...Music doesn’t add to AGL’s appeal mostly because they’re slotted in an almost too formulistic way. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Reza Noorani, Bollywood Life : ...the only improvement in Jackky Bhagnani from last year’s F.A.L.T.U. is the super toned abs that he flashes for at least 30 percent of his screen time and 90 percent of the time that he is dancing. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Kshitij, Desi Martini : ...This movie is a complete Jacky show, which isnt necessarily the best thing. He is decent but the screenplay doesn't quite hold up.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...it is bland and boring and the only time I found myself smiling a bit was when Arshad Warsi made a guest appearance.... full review

Thumbs down, by Kanika Sikka, DNA : ...Nidhi looks glamorous and innocent at the same time. She does justice to her role in parts where she is not trying too hard to impress... full review

Thumbs down, by Troy Ribeiro, FirstPost : ...“Ajab Gazabb Love” has its hilarious moments but on the whole, the plot is on an even keel.... full review

Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...eep your high-octane expectations at bay. This one is just a sappy, sorry rom-com that is no different from the numerous shoddy attempts at the same genre.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ravi Kandala, fullhyd.com : ...The basic premise of the movie lends itself to some great comic situations, but the director clearly did not say "Cut" enough, as most scenes go on for way too long.... full review

Thumbs down, by Suprateek Chatterjee, Hindustan Times : ... it’s hard to find too much fault with a movie like this. Ajab Gazabb Love is no Chakravyuh; its ambitions are no loftier than to cater to an audience looking for a familiarly fluffy story.... full review

Thumbs down, by Alisha Coelho, In.com : ...a movie that missed the bus to the 21st century... full review

Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...a tepid and half-hearted tamasha.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Bhagnani’s previous outing in ‘Faltu’, also produced by papa Vashu, was tolerable, because he was shrewd enough to not take himself seriously. Here he loses no time to get into the buff hero mode, and give himself songs-and-dances with his leading lady, and heavy emotional bits with family:... full review

Thumbs down, by Nayandeep, koimoi : ...he one who walks away with the cake is definitely our adorable K-k-k-k-k-k-Kirron Kher ji! She excels as the over the top mother and makes her strong screen presence felt every time she lights up the frame.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shakti Shetty, MiD DAY : ...The few highs of the film happen solely thanks to Kirron Kher and Arshad Warsi’s ridiculous yet engaging comic acts.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ankur Pathak, Rediff : ...reminiscent of the bad films of the bad 1990s... full review

Thumbs down, by Ananya Bhattacharya, ZEENEWS.COM : ...The music by Sajid-Wajid is nothing above average; but will sure rule the music charts for a while before sinking into oblivion.... full review

48 tweeters(?) - 14 yays 6 so-so 28 nays

zeenie82: Highly recommend you watch AJAB GAZABB LOVE for its feel-good appeal! I think its spiked to release ur happy hormones :) MUST WATCH :)

VIVECKVASWANI: Vashu has also managed a very wide release for Ajab Gazzab Love, which is a laugh riot!

shrutiparikh1: ajab gazab love rocks.wil give tough compitition to soty

rrohit_deshmukh: Ajab gazab love , ultimate movie ! Awesome commedy ! @PushkarKunjar fuck u bitch !

Ronaksatra1: Awsum movie ajab gazabb love @jackkybhagnani u rock man...:)

relationext: Ajab gazab love is a very funny film , must watch

rajnishgupta01: #Ajab Gazabb Love - a complete entertaining movie. Fun, Loving, Family entertainer. Great Performance by @jackkybhagnani . Must watch.

prathod2008: Ajab gazabb love movie is awesome , kirron kher comedy is awesome .

kauserheena26: Ajab Gazab Love is awesum movie a must watch. . [email protected]

iamkrsh: Shook hands with you when you came to bhawanipur college/school Kolkata, Ajab gazab love a wonderous movie , real good acting by you ..!!

HimanshuKaush18: Ajab gazab love..gud movie...full paisa vasool [email protected]bhagnani

DushantDush: owsum movie yr.......... AJAB Gazabb Love.............

Chandmouliman: Ajab Gazab Love is really Fresh Crazy Comedy ... A Rich family act like a poor family to impress heroine and her dad haha keka

ARORASAGARR: Ajab gazabb love is an amazing movie.. Congrats JB.. Supperrbbb effort..

surajumarye15: Saw Ajab Gazabb Love, it is an average movie. I rate it 2.5/5

realshashank09: Movie Review Ajab Gazabb Love - one love story nice comedy touch ! 3/5 rating ! @jackkybhagnani is best movie so far !

nsaini10: ajab gazabb love .. Movie is good drama but in end something awkward

manoOol_Shaikh: Ajab Gazabb Love was Ok-Ok types :)

ashitweety: Ajab gazab love - 3 stars, Chakkravyuh-3.5

agniva_speaks: Ajab gazab love is average ! Audience reaction is below expectation.

WannabeEngineer: Brotip of the day: Don't watch Ajab Gazab Love.

travelligence: You know what's definition of bad luck: When u r stuck in a goddamn city, and you hv to watch "Jacky Bhagnani", Ajab Gazab Love. :(

tarushmacgupta: Ajab Gazab Love - Ajeeb Gareeb Story.

SuSamson: Ajab Gazzab Love - What a disaster!

sunnysjoshi: "Ajab Gazabb Love" izz a waste of time.....

SanchitaBh: #Ajab_gazabb_love ---> nonsense || LOL ||

SameerAlobaidli: I rated Ajab Gazabb Love 1/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2356959 #IMDb

rhythm_sethi: People on seeing Ajab Gazab Love will just say: Jacky Bhagna Ni, kyuki jahan b bhag k jayega - pitega zaroor.

r1kartik: 2 movies starring Arjun Rampal in a week. One of course was OK. The other predictably pathetic. AJAB GAZABB LOVE http://kartikr.blogspot.in/2012/10/ajab-gazabb-love.html

Preeyum: Ajab gazzab love.. Serious bull shit :p

pradyotghate: in Ajab Gazabb Love everyone acts like victim. But true victims are viewers.

Krishnandu: AJAB Gazabb Love : 3 / 10 :(

KanuniAadmi: Ajab Gazabb Love overall is a 4 out of 10. It was a meh movie.

Kablewala: Sanjay Gadgvi directed both Dhooms. And now Ajab Gazab Love. What a come down.

Invincibleabbey: Ajab Gazab Love, simply disastrous :/ Bt Kirron Kher rockss !! \m/

intweetz: Ajab Gazzab Love is a superb movie... for a 90s audience. Watch if you have nothing better to do. Full review [2/5] -> http://bit.ly/VL78ks

Imtiyaztimes: Ajab Gazabb Love Movie Review : 1.5 out of 5 Stars

iamsidddd: Hey Guys try and avoid Ajab Gazab Love....Neither is it ajab nor gazab its just A mental torture....

iamLPman: Ajab Gazab Love A Headache -_-

gujarat_news: 'Ajab Gazabb Love' not so loveable | http://tinyurl.com/8lj29xq #Bollywood

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ET24HOURS: Movie Review: Ajab Gazabb Love, Movie Rating -2/5 http://entertainment24hours.blogspot.in/2012/10/movie-review-ajab-gazabb-love.html

DonyaPatel: #Celebrity Review Ajab Gazabb Love is outdated http://dlvr.it/2NX4LW #BollyWood

DaveYagnesh: #Ajab Gazabb Love is a waste of time and money! The film fails to entertain in either romance or comedy.

DaminiAmma: what to watch this weekend- Chakravyuh. what not to watch this weekend- Ajab gazab love (double yuck!)

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ananya116: Is walking out of a theatre for a movie that you've come for reviewing acceptable? #CantWatch Ajab Gazabb Love! Why, Gadhvi, why?! >.<

1 readers - 0 yays 0 so-so 1 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by Nirvana : Boring?

Want to Watch, by amitdhimana : 100

Nay! Thumbs Down, by silvan

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Parental Guidance:

  • 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.

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Comments (5)

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Doesnt the plot remind you of 80s Zeenat starrer Baat Ban Jaye?

yeah, the story did sound vaguely familiar to something I've seen earlier. Don't remember having watched Baat Ban Jaye though.

silvan

vashu Bhagnani reminds me of Rajkumar Kohli who tried very hard to launch his flop son Armaan oops Manish Kohli and put his career at stake and made crap films like Virodhi(1992), Aulad ke dushman or something with Shatrughan Sinha and then the biggest disaster Jaani Dushman ek Anokhi Kahaani(2002)

silvan

arjun rampal seems to be having 2 releases on a day

@Silvan ha ha ha... and yes Arjun Rampal had two releases this week, though Chakravyuh released on Wednesday and this on on Friday.

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