Punjabi talkies

A Punjab Police cop who dances to desi Munni’s tunes,his overbearing sidekick who comes up with the most ridiculous schemes and witless

Published: June 15, 2013 4:30:43 am

Love’s Labour Lost

Film: Oye Hoye Pyaar Ho Gaya

Director: aditya sood

Actors: Sharry maan,niharika kareer,jimmy sharma,yograj singh

Ratings: *****

A Punjab Police cop who dances to desi Munni’s tunes,his overbearing sidekick who comes up with the most ridiculous schemes and witless one-liners,a police commissioner who does a sorry Punjabi take on Sholay’s Asrani (remember Angrezon ke zamaane ke jailor?),the leading lady who falls in love over a song,and finally,a village buffoon who believes he is the greatest singer ever — Aditya Sood’s Oye Hoye Pyaar Ho Gaya is a half-hearted attempt at a romantic comedy. Launchpad for Yaar Anmulle singer Sharry Maan,the film is let down by its

below-average script,predictable plot,one too many songs,and sub par acting. May be,Maan should stick to his singing career.

Oye Hoye is a small budget (Rs 1.5 crore) love story of Sharry (Maan) and Meet (Niharika Kareer),how they meet,how he proposes over morning walks and cattle talk by the cowsheds,and how he strives to convince her brother Kartar (Jimmy Sharma) and father — Police Commissioner Shamsher Singh (Yograj Singh) — of his love.

One cannot miss the slight hint of Salman Khan-Kajol starrer Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya post interval. To spike the drama and add an element of comedy,Sood,like every other director in Punjab,signed on Binnu Dhillon as the loud and out-of-tune Chamkila,an aspiring singer,and Rana Ranbir as Harry,Sharry’s sidekick.

When it comes to the Punjabi film industry,romantic comedies are a pretty serious business. With one releasing almost every second Friday,the competition is stiff and Oye Hoye fails to deliver. There was no need of the Munni song,a plump Maan is unimpressive,Dhillon is excessive and Yograj is plain caricaturish. The ‘banglur’ line for bangles is not even close to being humourous.

While Sood’s direction needs more practise,the music manages to lift the mood a bit as Maan lends his voice to quite a few numbers. In his bid to show blooming love,Sood’s taken the lead pair to hills and done a Yash Chopra — with Maan in a crisp shirt and trousers and Kareer in chiffon saris. Their almost kiss and a peck was a first for Punjabi cinema.

We’ve given an extra mark for Kareer’s freshness and Jimmy Sharma’s impressive entry. Wondering why he wasn’t signed on as the lead. May be,another romcom will do that.

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