Love You To Death
Director: Rafeeq Ellias
Cast: Chandan Roy Sanyal,Yuki Ellias,Sheeba Chaddha,Sohrab Ardeshir,Suhasini Mulay
Madcap characters in SoBo (South Bombay),Doing Whacky Things,Speaking Hinglish. The formula has been around,but its always up for some re-jigging. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Rafeeq Elliass debut feature gives us an heiress with her doggie,her non-performing asset of a husband with his murderous mommy,his singing sexpert with his quartet. Also,a tarot-card reader with her Elvis-lovin lover,a theatre-director who doubles up as a dispenser of suparis,a muscle-bound jock with a thing for the environment,and a Russian-Israeli hood who goes about saying Mamma Mia.
They all sound so much fun. But not all of them are,and not all the film is. Love You To Death has a great premise,but the execution makes much of it inert. Roy Sanyal,who made an impressive debut with Kaminey and followed through with a nice turn in Faltu,is not half as effective here. Which could be down to the fact that he is mostly saddled with a hopelessly misused Suhasini Mulay: as a mother-in-law from hell with a killing instinct,she comes off plain wrong. When he is advising despondent men about missile failure in impeccable Parsi diction,Sohrab Ardeshir is fine,but not when he is warbling a dirty ditty. This should have been much more hilarious than it is.
And thats pretty much the story with LYTD,whose best parts are two ladies. The ever-reliable Sheeba Chaddha makes for a nicely quirky reader-of-tea leaves and tarot,enjoying her crystals and cards and smoky-voiced tips to debutant lead actress Yuki Ellias. Right from the top of her manicured hair,to the way she clutches her lapdog,from her initial bewilderment as a stressed-out-by-her-relationship wife to her switch as the knowing,getting-in-on-the-game gal,Ms Ellias is pitch perfect. So is the zany,zippy climax. If the rest of it had matched up,LYTD would have been a riot.