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Pyaar Ka PunchNama

Three friends share an apartment. One falls for a girl he meets and starts living in with her.

Written by Rajiv Vijayakar |
May 27, 2011 2:05:17 pm

Good idea gone bad

Three friends share an apartment. One falls for a girl he meets and starts living in with her. The second is attracted by an office-mate even though he knows that she is committed elsewhere. The third gets besotted by a girl with a jealous and dominating boyfriend and she two-times both.

Of course,each one of them goes through a personal upheaval from the emotional to the practical. The girls dangle them along,make emotional fools out of them and unleash their shrewish and cruellest sides. Though their own friendship is not tested,they all suffer worse than the pativrataa wives of philandering husbands in ‘60s melodramas did!

And this is what gets to the viewer in this supposed ‘youthful’ comedy. Nothing is wrong with aiming to be a small-budget version of Dil Chahta Hai or Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji,but this film tests the patience of the viewer by its inordinate length and the extent to which three otherwise upwardly-mobile young men tolerate the girls in their one-sided infatuations,presumably only to satisfy their psychological and physical need,though the three girls are hardly the ‘trophy’ kind of women. Rendering the film’s title meaningless,the three friends finally dump them only in the last six minutes of a long-winded narration,with none of the girls learning any lessons,while the boys go back to their joint apartment and bachelor lives!

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This pointless film is further pulled down by a flat script that has no essential difference in what happens with the three friends. All are nice guys,none of the girls are nice girls,there is no variety in the emotional shades and nothing that moves you. As for entertainment,except for the hilarious diatribe of one of the heroes against women,there is nothing rivetting or truly funny in the comedy – and the fact that this character does not learn from his own outburts makes it all silly. A disproportionately high quantum of beeped-out expletives,an overdose of references to ‘minor physiological calls’ in the first 20 minutes,a dragging script especially in the last 40 minutes,and sheer cacophony passing off as ‘music’ pull down this film further.

If this film has any strength,it is in its six lead actors. None of them are star material in the classic sense,but they all act like seasoned artistes,bringing life to a superficial script. The three boys – Karthikeya,Rayo (especially) and Divyendu are really good,and among the girls,Sonalli and Nushrat impress.

Rating:**

One star for the three boys and one for the girls.

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