I’m always apprehensive about the quality of cinema of mainstream Bollywood films. With the rare exception of films by directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Mani Ratnam and Onir, Bollywood films lack a certain amount of substance that often contribute to some of the most hyped up films, with stellar casts, failing at the box office.
Sadly, I hate Luv Stories, is one of those films. Although it more than tripled its profits at the Box Office, the film received a wide array of negative comments with most giving it a rating below 5/10.
However, this isn’t surprising in the least given the utterly predictable plot and cliché dialogue. Although the film attempts to make fun of itself and the entire genre of Bollywood rom-com, subtle humor and lack luster deliverance of the parody scenes eclipse an otherwise funny idea. Furthermore, the jokes seem to be re-used from another Karan Johar production – Dostana, which similarly made fun of Johar’s Directorial efforts – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabie Gham.
The saving grace of the film comes the lead performance of Imran Khan. Since his adult debut in Amir Khan’s Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na, Imran has proved to be a formidable performer amongst the new Bollywood crowd. Like his Uncle, he takes laid-back approach to his roles and very rarely steps up the dramatics, unless a scene really demands it. In the sometimes overly theatrical world of Hindi cinema, Imran offers a refreshing take on being a Bollywood ‘Hero’.
His leading lady, Sonam Kapoor, a good actor in her own right, lacks luster in the film. However, it’s evident that Sonam tries to do the best with what she’s given. The character is boring and confusing, unsure of what she really wants and is prone to random outbursts if she doesn’t get her way. And like so many other female characters in Bollywood, her self worth seems entirely entrenched in how much her leading man loves her.
If you do inflict yourself to the torture of sitting through the entire film, at least you have the performances of Bruna Abdullah and Kavin Dave to look forward to. They’re definite spotlight stealers and actors to look out for in upcoming Bollywood productions.
Overall, the film can be summarized in one word – ‘bad’. Don’t see it. Really. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Score : 1.5/5