Rating: 2/5 stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Nidhi Subbaiah, Kirron Kher, Darshan Jariwala, Arjun Rampal (in a double role) and Arshad Warsi (in a special cameo)
What’s Good: Kirron Kher’s histrionics, Darshan Jariwala’s marvelous Dad-act, the songs, the Jab Tak Hai Jaan trailer.
What’s Bad: Jackky Bhagnani’s weak dialogue delivery, Poor screenplay, weak plot, half hearted direction and an abrupt climax.
Loo Break: Two to three times, barring the Interval loo break!
Watch or Not?: Nothing ajab or gazabb about this ‘love story’, but Kirron Kher’s earnest act can call for a one time watch!
After a brief introductory frame, we are right away drawn into the life of Rajveer Grewal (Jackky Bhagnani) whose life revolves and rotates only around cars until he meets Madhuri aka Maddy (Nidhi Subbaiah) on his way to his office cabin. While he is busy planning for his ‘Dream Car’(DC) launch, his mom is busy finding the Dream Bahu (DB) for her son! After some ‘Boom boom’ and wham-bam, Rajveer slips into the Gandhigiri mode to woo his lady love who gets irritated by rich people. Yes, the heroine suffers from a syndrome which we typically call ‘Hate-The-Rich’ syndrome. Destiny plays part and Rajveer is forced to resurrect his entire family including his over emotional Bollywood inspired mother, his ‘adarsh’ calculator brother, sweet sister in law and others to live the life of the less deserving. To a family where an old Manish Malhotra designer dress and chic black branded aviators stand as a symbol of poorness, it is tough time for Rajveer to make the entire set up Madhuri ready!
Finally what follows is a tumultuous joyride of too many loopholes and hooplas until the interval. Enter Arjun Rampal in a, hold your breath, double role as Karan and Arjun (yes, you heard it right). While Arjun is soft hearted and dainty, he just nods his head to whatever his 6 minute elder brother, the rowdy Karan Chauhan says. Amidst a host of lies and even more fun, what one does not know is Madhuri, too, belongs to the richest family in Bhopal, the Chauhans.
The Grewal family undergoes a topsy turvy as the GQ Man of the Year and the Man of the House is reduced to a mere ‘kele-wallah’ who croons ‘kela le lo’ as if he is selling movie tickets in black. A heavily Bollywood inspired melodramatic mother who steals the show seeing everything through her ‘mann ki ankhon’ and a supportive brother who pretends to be the chaiwallah at a Punjabi film set, the plot becomes all the more twisted when Karan Chauhan goes, ‘mujhe jhooth nahi pasand’! Knowing his only sister is in love, he sends his younger brother, the other Arjun Rampal in typical Chakravyuh moustached style to keep an eye on the family and make sure everything is right for their sister. What would happen when the two families would face the truth? How will Rajveer react when he comes to know that Karan Chauhan who troubled his dad for the car launch is unfortunately his honewala saala?
Ajab Gazabb Love Review: Script Analysis
Generally mad comic capers, this slapstick humour, just like any other typical comedy lack coherence in the plot. The script is not powerful but is laced by some wonderful performances. The climax is abrupt and forced. The storyline is weak, but the film starts on an interesting note. Brevity is its forte and the major reason why the script stands out would be due to its interesting premise. All in all, it would be gibberish if you expect an excellent story out of a mad family comic caper. So, as usual, Ajab Gazabb Love is not a triumph of powerful narration either.
Ajab Gazabb Love Review: Star Performances
Jackky Bhagnani, clearly is the star of the film. Thanks to his father who happens to be the producer of the film, Jackky does not miss out on even ten out of the hundred and twenty frames that make up this two hour long movie marathon. In an attempt to do something completely outlandish and dynamic, Jackky ends up looking gibberish in most of the scenes. His emoting ability needs a screen check, but kudos to him for sculpting that excellent body! Yet, his average acting skills and fallacies of expression spoil the rib tickler to an extent for sure! Nidhi Subbaiah makes a glamorous impact doing just what she was meant to: looking good! Being just two films old, this girl needs to work on her diction and her acting credentials a bit too much to make sure of a longer run at the Bollywood arena. The supporting cast is excellent and is the reason why this film is watchable.
Arjun Rampal is okay as the protagonist’s brother with the two characters adding shades to his already contoured career topography. Arshad Warsi packs in bouts of laughter in a special appearance. Darshan Jariwala marvels as Yashvardhan Grewal but the one who walks away with the cake is definitely our adorable K-k-k-k-k-k-Kirron Kher ji! She excels as the over the top mother and makes her strong screen presence felt every time she lights up the frame. She is definitely the Heroine of this mad family laugh riot and packs in the most laughter.
Ajab Gazabb Love Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
Not just a weak screenplay, Sanjay Gadhvi continues to disappoint with his half hearted direction as the film, which could have done wonders, with such an excellent star cast and funny one liners, is reduced to just mere tom foolery. The climax seemed abrupt and a tad too out of place. Editing could have definitely been a lot better. But funny one liners, with the cheeky ones mouthed by Kirron’s Rashmi Grewal were simply awesome. When she went: ‘Shah Rukh ke fan pagal nahi hote’ in one sequence, one could hear the whistles and the applause! Music seemed to have been a major plus for the film too. Sajid Wajid seems to have scored brilliantly on the music front as songs like Boom Boom and Tu stay along even after you leave the cinema plex.
Ajab Gazabb Love Review: Last word
There is nothing ‘ajab’ or ‘gazabb’ about this extremely ordinary rom-com. If you go in for the film with expectations, you might be disappointed. But if you go in with nothing in head, you would have a smile at the end of it all, if not be baffled by the performances. Plus Kirron Kher’s rock solid funny act deserves a watch!
Ajab Gazabb Love Trailer
Ajab Gazabb Love released on 26th October, 2012.
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