‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’. ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai’. And the many other variants of this old, old theme—old pals discovering non-platonic feelings for each other at their wedding – flash through your head as you sit through this ‘pullav’.
It is a misnomer, though. ‘Pullav’, a well-made one at any rate, is meant to be seasoned with the right condiments and presented with every rice grain separate, fluffy and aromatic. This one is more like an overcooked ‘khhichdi’, where everything slops into each other. The result is most unappetizing.
Dimpled groom ( Diganth Manchale) and pretty bride (Sonnalli Seygall) and their families-and-friends go off to a Thai resort for a destination engagement-karvachauth-sangeet-wedding. Manchale’s best friend, played by Anushka Rajan, is along. So is her fiancé (Karan Grover). Passion is kindled. Tears are shed. Confusion is confounded. And the two meant for each other are united.
Everything is predictable. These are new faces, and yet everything they do smacks of staleness. Overused themes can be infused with freshness only if the treatment is right: here, all elements are borrowed from older films and used so clunkily as to extinguish all freshness.
And Rishi Kapoor, who can be relied upon to save sinking ships, shows up as the resident Love Guru, and is made to play it just like the film: with not one ounce of spark or novelty.
Star Cast of Wedding Pullav: Anushka Ranjan, Diganth Manchale, Sonnalli Seygall, Karan Grover, Rishi Kapoor, Parmeet Sethi, Satish Kaushik, Kitu Gidwani, Himani Shivpuri
Director: Binod Pradhan