wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Stay put. You'll live without knowing where this one came from! It tries to be funny, but is barely so. It tries even harder to be sweet and romantic and ends up being yucky-mushy. So, neither this nor that, nothing other than Riteish's performance to look out for.Read more
- meeta, a part of the audience
What IS love? A movie, which has its protagonist arrive, all the way, from Venus (yes, the planet) to find out how humans fall in love should have answered that question, neigh? Apparently, love is that flimsy thing that moves on from one person to another in no time, for an equally flimsy reason. It can be argued that the film proposes that, such flimsiness occurs only till one finds 'true love'. But only a few of us will delve that deep into the movies altruistic purpose. For now, the take home is, "if you love someone, tell them quick!"
One thing I really appreciated about the film…No, I'm not being sarcastic!...is that the 'other' guy is not a lame character. He is the kind who can woo a girl and is not playing games to win her approval. This is such a welcome and refreshing change from the "Loser" or "crooked-minded" 'other' guy we see in our films.
This one 'different' characterization and Riteish Deshmukhs's performance are about the two things that make this movie just about watchable. But, that too is to be taken with a pinch of salt. Interesting characters are a necessity not a luxury, so why should an audience have to thank the makers for one. And once a possibly engaging situation is created, you still have to take it further and hold you on till the climax. No such luck, here. You know the outcome well in advance, and the rest is just a formality.
Formality is also what the other actors seem to be doing with their characters. The women have to look pretty and be the chirpy-bubblies to distract from the fact that there is actually no real plot. They do look pretty, but that's about it. They are not even granted a few of the mush-gush "snore-snort worthy" romantic lines that the men are ordained with.
What's left then, is filled with supposed-comedy. A sample is Kaushal, Rajesh's (Riteish Deshmukh's) friend's interest in all things sex. Just that one single track running through his mind is apparently as Rajesh's alter-ego. If they ever did, I'd think those jokes worked like 10 years ago. I assume, the youth towards whom the film is targeted, has better humor than that. And their idea of love.
Oops! Did I just admit that I'm too old for such tripe? I hope not, for the future of comedy and romance in our cinema, I hope not.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Still, the saving point is that the proceedings don’t let you doze off due to many other interesting elements added by the director Milap Zaveri in the first half. ... full review
So-So, by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com : ...The amount and style of mush in this one is a brazen throwback to the times when the Hindi movie industry was made of all the stuff that the Hindu movie industry currently spoofs in every alternate film.... full review
So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ... Strangely Zaveri's writing skills, so much on display in many of the most successful comedies in recent times, are missing in the scenes set within the film industry. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Usha Lakra, Apun Ka Choice : ...Though ‘Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai’ starts promisingly, bringing on some smiles, but those smiles vanish faster than it takes to say ‘cheese’.... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...By the time Deshmukh’s eyes well up with lovestruck tears, you no longer care who ends up with whom, or even if they wind up in Earth or on Venus.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...It’s just sweetly revealing to watch anyone set themselves up for such a flake, fake, forced version of mainstream-proper, regardless.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...Everyone also smiles too much, which is great if it's an advertisement for good dental work but disastrous in what is supposed to be a romantic comedy... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ... But I’m hard put to recall a duller segment : practically everything about the film, including this pair which we last saw in `Aladin’, feels like we’ve seen it a hundred times over. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...Fernandez, whose gleaming white teeth and incessant smile, suggest a dental-ad model rather than an actor, works like a pin-prick on a balloon. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...A well directed laugh inducing first half is followed by a terribly clichéd and predictable second half that kills the overall joy of the film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...This is one of those movies that could have been reduced to a 15-minute dialogue between the lead pair telling each other that they love each other... full review
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