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wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?)

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An entertaining 2 hours sandwiched between a clumpsy beginning (45 minutes) and a boring end (another 45 minutes). It is worth watching once when you are in a mood for a light movie. But you don't need to rush to the theatres. Excellent acting and good direction. I especially enjoyed the parody on everything our "masala" movies stand for. Still wondering what the end product would be if it was 1.5 hours shorter.

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Director: Nikhil Advani
Running time: 225 minutes
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If you were to graph your enjoyment thorough the 3.5+ hours of the movie, it would be a bell-shaped curve. At first you are holding your head at all the forced attempts at comedy and drama. Then you begin laughing at the silliness of it all. Slowly the stories start growing on you and before you know it you are fond of the characters. Then comes interval. Things gradually slide down with very intentional melodrama and preachy “holier-than-thou” lines. And you are back to holding your head.

This is certainly not the kind of movie where we are allowed to say things like, “Yeah right! Like that happens in real life”. If you want logic, stay home. Treat the movie as one big cinematic liberty and it is enjoyable. The movie weaves you through different stages that a couple goes through to get and stay married. And it does that very smoothly, with grace and elegance. Since there is so much ground to cover the pace keeps you interested till its time for the stories to wrap up.

Interestingly, a unique route is taken to avoid confusion that six stories could cause - don’t make it six “complete” stories at all! There are two main stories, three side stories, and then there is the comic-relief no-connection-to-main-story-story. Even more interesting is the fact that all the male characters are more full of life than their partners.

The songs as a whole, contribute to the positive experience. Sameer has surprised us with the lyrics of the touching "Ya rabba". It was as heart-warming to watch as it is to hear. “Dil kya kare” and “Salaam-e-ishq” too are sweet - both to ears and eyes. Two things that strike are the use of bagpipes and the sizeable screen time given to Priyanka Chopra.

The directorial spoof-touch given to the movie was very impressive. What is it a spoof of? Everything you ever associated with the phrase masala movie (or "Bollywood", if you must). Name it and you have it - wet skimpily-clad seductress, falling car, temple bells, random people on street clapping when guy proposes his girl, a comic-relief sub-plot, the mandatory airport scene where our characters suddenly get all control over the staff, the boy arriving at girl’s wedding to stop it… Oops! Didn’t mean to scare you. Not to worry, it is all done with great style. They actually have the characters hold video cameras to shoot the on-goings throughout the first half - symbolically reminding you that you are in a movie. The “masala” gift is wrapped with a tastefully bright paper. And the bow on the top is the take-off on a leading director and a real-life celebrity couple.

A love story is supposed to evoke emotions. Many love stories should do so even more. But not one of the six is a tear-jerker. Can't blame the script. The stories were appropriately fleshed out. Special mention needed for the Anil Kapoor-Juhi Chawla story. All the performances were absolutely great! Especially Akshaye Khanna and Govinda's comic timing. It is the dialogues that lacked impact. There were some very good comedy lines (mostly given to Akshaye Khanna), but there were very few that made your heart go all out for the character.

The basic question is – is it worth spending 45 minutes at each end in despair for the almost 2.5 hours of good entertainment in between? Yes, but you don’t need to rush to the halls.

- meeta, a part of the audience

13 reviewers(?) - 2 yays 3 so-so 8 nays

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Thumbs up, by Lidia Ostepeev, Planet Bollywood : ...Fewer cuts with time and place slides inserted between them would have created a more streamlined effect and generated greater momentum.... full review

Thumbs up, by Naomi Datta, Times Now : is really not trying to be a deeply meaningful take on love – it is candy floss but with a great sense of humour... full review

So-So, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...Despite too many tear-jerking moments, there are hardly one or two scenes that genuinely stir your emotions.... full review

So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The storylines that seemed odd earlier become engaging,... full review

So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Not to say that the star-studded movie doesn't entertain. It does, but only in parts.... full review

Thumbs down, by Prema K., : ...The director should have just stuck to three stories; Govinda- Shannon, Akshaye Khanna- Ayesha Takia, and John Abraham- Vidya Balan.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deep, Deep's Home : ...The movie is about 6 different couples, oops, 5 different couples... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'souza, : ...It was a typical scene like in the good Ol Hindi movies when the entire cast would assemble along with the cops who would always be late!... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...the deficiencies outweigh everything in this enterprise... full review

Thumbs down, by aish2kar, MovieWalah : ...It's just that the scenes don't have any impact on the audience.... full review

Thumbs down, by George, Pacem In Terris : ...Music is the highlight of this movie... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...the movie sinks with the sheer weight of its banality.... full review

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Plot Summary

Six couples are at different stages in their relationships. It's all here - from the couple who haven’t met yet - to the couple where the boy woos the girl no end - to the couple where the guy is afraid to commit - to the newly-married couple - to the couple who keeps together despite trauma - to the couple being threatened by an extra-marital affair.

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well i relly like it but it is not relly great as salman khan n its song r also very great

i dont like the last movie is mixed 2gether. i dont understand the movie..

i like this picture and i like to much that song. i love this movies song...........

this is a nice movie and famous. i love this movie

Its jst b'coz Salmaan and priyanka Love story ; the movie is bearable. The lovestory is a fine coctail of hypocracy, drama, love , emotions and.........self realisation !ALL THE SONGS ARE FANTASTIC !!!

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