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Kya Love Story Hai

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Boy-next-door meets girl-next-door and their story translates to screen as a love-movie-next-door. This love story makes an arranged marriage look interesting. The movie lover that I am, I have still tried to give it a positive spin.

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Director: Lovely Singh
Running time: 120 minutes
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- meeta, a part of the audience

Scene 1 was so bad (read more in my notepad), that I thought, "Oh cool, things can only get better!". But, the makers took up the challenge and went from worse to worst in no time. So much so, that I am inspired. I have taken up the challenge of being good to the movie. Therefore, I will try my best to refrain from words like - clichés, cinematic liberties, inanities, contrived, predictable, unoriginal and the like. Not a good start now, is that?

So, this morning, I visited beautiful South Africa and was taken on a walking tour of the dazzling Cape Town without ever being there. Thanks to Kajal (Ayesha Takia) who prefers walking even though she owns a car. Kudos to Ayesha for taking up this job. Having her around brought back fond memories of Dor and what she is really capable of. The other actors meet expectations. The phrase "the less said the better" comes to mind. Since I am trying to focus hard on the "better", I choose to say "less".

One thing is for sure, there is surely no room for getting bored with monotony. The characters have a lot to say by way of profound dialogues on love and life. Yes, they are clueless about what they want from life. But so are many of us in real life, right? And every time the dialogues start getting heavy on you Arjun's (Tusshar Kapoor) friends show up as comic relief and crack "the" joke. Dutifully, the main characters creep in reminding you that it is a love story and not slapstick.

The lack of monotony can also be credited to the decent sounding songs. Copied, I hear you say? The originality, dear friends, has been saved for the lyricist. Honestly (not that I have been dishonest so far), it is the best attempt at poetry in recent times. The choreography, gives me the confidence to make another attempt at dancing. It's all pretty mechanical, after all.

Have not been very successful at keeping to my challenge, have I? Hey, cut me some slack. This was my first attempt at being positive about a positively bad movie. Worry not. Such attempts will be few and far between. I am not very good at being nice for too long. The nastiness will be back for the next bad movie generated.

- meeta, a part of the audience

19 reviewers(?) - 0 yays 2 so-so 17 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

So-So, by Prachi Singh, MovieWalah : ...Tusshar Kapoor has still a long road to travel where acting is concerned, though the script of the movie manages to cover up for his shortcomings... full review

So-So, by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam : ...Apart from a few comic scenes and the scene in the beach there is hardly anything to remember once you are out of the theatre... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...‘Kya Love Story Hai’ reeks of everything that is stale... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Pritam does his best to keep us hanging in there.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rachel Fernandes, Bollywood Mantra : ...the humourous aspect with the two sidekicks is crass and in poor taste.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema : ...it is the script and dialogues of the film that are a huge letdown.... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...why a movie like this yaar, which has no head, tail nor middle?... full review

Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times : ...this jab at a triangular romance leaves you with a Titanically sinking feeling... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ... is as obsolete and outdated as last year's newspapers.... full review

Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, IndiaFM : ...Sympathy is what the makers of this anemic love story need for attempting a tale that's as stale pale and frail as a yatch with no sail.... full review

Thumbs down, by Renuka Vyavahare, indiatimes : ...what’s with the two ‘highly irritating malnutritioned’ actors who play Arjun’s skirt chasing friends... full review

Thumbs down, Indicine : ...Tusshar gives just another disappointing performance.... full review

Thumbs down, by Vaibhav Wankhede, M TV : ...With a name like Lovely Singh, you don't expect great directorial skills and that's what you get... full review

Thumbs down, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...The theme has been stressed too hard which was just pointless and makes the story line appear even worse... full review

Thumbs down, by Tanveer Bookwala, Rediff : ...It doesn't take rocket science to guess who gets the girl.... full review

Thumbs down, by Satyajit, SmasHits.com : ...First and foremost aspect that worked against the script is its chosen locations of South Africa when the story could have easily worked out on Indian locations... full review

Thumbs down, by Naomi Datta, Times Now : ... Of the cast, after Golmaal, Tusshar is disappointing... full review

Thumbs down, Times of India : ...Gawd! Who are the sidekicks? They are definitely injurious to your aesthetic sense.... full review

Thumbs down, by Saakshi Juneja, To Each Its Own : ...after ages have I walked out on a Bollywood film,... full review

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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Virginia Luther

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Arjun (Tusshar Kapoor) falls in love with Kajal. But, never tells her. How she finds out and what happens till then is what this love story is all about.

What Worked

All my energies have been soaked up while talking about the "goods" of this movie in the main review. You got to be kidding if you want more!

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • What was the Kareena Kapoor song doing in the movie?!? Okay, she looked gorgeous. But what the purpose?
  • The slapstick - inflated cleavages, inflatable girlfriends, resounding and oft-repeated slaps...yuck!
  • The screenplay - a lesson on how choppy a screenplay can really be.
  • The dialogues - E.g.,
    • Arjun makes a philosophical comment about love. His friends react jokingly "kya dialogue hai!!" (what a dialogue!!). Arjun says, "zyaada emotional mat ban" (Don't get too emotional). Huh!?!
    • An interviewer says, "It's rare to find an Indian with an attitude like you". What? Come again? - and guess what the job is - a railway ticket seller!
  • Character consistency - does not exist. Especially in Kajal and Ranveer's characters.
  • Arjun's main shortcoming according to his friends is that he has never fallen in love. He gets so desparate that he falls in "true" love with the next girl that he sees on the street.
  • It is amazing how a road-side singer who has screen time of 10 seconds knows what Arjun is upto but Kajal doesn't.
  • What are Arjun and Co. doing in the "laakh chupaale" song? Why are they wearing uniforms?
  • Why is Kajal, a ticket seller, giving instructions to janitors?
  • Ranveer's relationship with his mom is not convincing at all, especially given his stern and determined character.
  • Arjun's success story. I had always heard of 15 minutes of fame. Today I saw 15 minutes to success. This character should write a self-help book.
  • How come Arjun doesn't recognize Ranveer? Or was he so busy looking at Kajal during the engagement that he did not look at Ranveer at all?

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • At a pub, Arjun's friends are being beaten up by a macho man. He holds both of them in nooses made by his hands. He seems to be tightening the grip of those nooses every once in a while. But, the friends don't have any reaction to the tightening. Shouldn't it hurt more with every tightening?
  • Arjun's friend Romeo seems to have been punched on his eye in the scene above. He is in a bath tub after that where he doesn't have a black eye. In the next scene, when he is walking with Arjun, there is a black eye!!
  • In a game of rugby, isn't the aim to get the ball past the opponent's goalpost? Arjun was supposedly running to his opponents goalpost when he passes the ball to one of his opponents. Now, isn't his opponent supposed to run in the opposite direction? Why did he continue in the same direction as Arjun? And why did he pass the ball to the opponent in the first place? That I attribute to brilliant script-writing.
  • What ever happened to the gift that Arjun and his friends were supposed to bring for Rocky?
  • Arjun is a superhero. He doesn't need to look forward while driving. Or it's all about love. He can see the whole world in his lover's eyes including the road that he is driving on
  • It is amazing how neatly Arjun writes, while he is looking at the camera. Now you believe, he is a superhero?
  • What's with all the lip gloss the men are wearing?!
  • Ranveer's employee is waiting for him with a placard at an airport. But, turns out, both recognize each other. What was the placard for?
  • Why is everybody standing outdoors in a lecture during a seminar? It's a college not the Rose Garden for goodness sake.
  • Our other man, Ranveer, too is a superhero. He knows whether Kajal is saying yes or no, on the phone, without her saying a word. Or is it "true love" again?
  • South Africa doesn't seem to have many rules for driving. No seat belts, talking on phone while driving. Or one of Superhero-2's powers is that he doesn't care for rules.
  • All South Africans seem to have a very good command of Hindi.
  • And all Indians in South Africa stick to their "Indianness" by being fully clad - denims and all - on a beach.
  • The priest at a wedding says, "by the power invested in me". It is "by the power vested in me"!!
  • Why are guests at John-Suzanne's wedding invited for Ranveer's wedding? He barely knows John-Suzanne, let alone their guests
  • Arjun is asking for some papers to be sent to him at 'his place' when he is on a vacation at some some far-away place!

Sapna, a reader, has this additional observation -
Another hilarious incident in the movie is Kajal's friend engagement. Immediately after the engagement is another shot of her and Kajal in which she does not even have a ring in her finger.

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Review - Kya Love Story Hai...

Boy-next-door meets girl-next-door and their story translates to screen as a love-movie-next-door. This love story makes an arranged marriage look interesting. The movie lover that I am, I have still tried to give it a positive spin....

jai

ye love story
dil ko jhune wali hai hai
ye aaj ke dor par fhit bethati hai
good

Its Rocking

this film is the most boring film i have ever seen

whoever made dis film sorry but the storyline is shit

but its rocking is a nice song

Couldn't agree with you more Disha! Thanks for pointing out your specific issues with the movie.

Virginia Luther

Thanks

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