The breezy, non-judgmental contemporariness of a good old Karan Johar movie. The wackiness of vintage Priyadarshan. The family cosiness of a classic Sooraj Barjatya drama.
Director Luv Ranjan successfully blends all three kinds of cinema to tell the love story of natty Mickey (Ranbir Kapoor) from a rich industrialist’s family who runs the naughty side business of helping couples break up. It’s when he falls hard for today’s independent girl Tinni (Shraddha Kapoor) that his frivolous hobby gets seriously entangled with his love story.
It’s a refreshing premise that makes a shaky take-off with too many dances and non-stop monologues. Some of the “la la people” lines pass off breezily but long monologues that trip over themselves may have worked when Luv Ranjan had Kartik Aaryan spouting them in the Pyaar Ka Punchnama series. Overdoing it with Mickey and sometimes Tinni too, starts grating. A third element is that despite much kissing, bikinis and speed-dating, Mickey and Tinny don’t exactly sizzle with chemistry.
However, all these shortcomings soon get camouflaged. With Rahul Mody aiding Luv Ranjan in the writing, the film hurtles towards a climax that has the heart of a family and the humour of a situation running parallel to make it quite delightful.
Although some of the initial song and dance only lengthens the film without adding value to it, later numbers like ‘Show me the thumka’ enliven family celebrations. It’s very much a 2023 scene when, after a breakup, it’s Tinni who mourns over a couple of drinks while Mickey is out there pining at a golf course.
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Ranbir Kapoor, always at ease with romcoms, dances, romances, pranks and grapples with confrontational emotions to make a likeable man out of Mickey. Slim and pretty Shraddha Kapoor carries off a skimpy contemporary wardrobe with natural comfort. Anubhav Singh Bassi as Mickey’s confidante and partner-in-everything, Dimple Kapadia and Boney Kapoor as Mickey’s parents and an assortment of family members come together for a hilarious climax. Only the wag of a family dog was missing to complete the Barjatya frame.
Kartik Aaryan and Nushrratt Bharuccha from Luv Ranjan’s stable make endearing cameos.
If only Luv Ranjan hadn’t wasted so much time to get going, this fun entertainer that bottles its own social messaging would’ve made a crisper watch. But catch it for Ranbir and for what family means to him.
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