Business rating: 2.5/5 stars
Star cast: Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D’souza, Mita Vasisht, Prabal Punjabi.
What’s Good: The fast-paced screenplay, the lovely and confident performances of the actors, the songs, the dialogues.
What’s Bad: The pre-climax and the climax are a bit hurried, but not bad.
Verdict: Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge has the merits to pick up by positive word of mouth of the youth. Its dull start and duller pre-Diwali days are a deterrent, though.
Loo break: None at all!
Watch or Not?: Definitely, to understand what new-age cinemas is all about!
Y-Films’ Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (UA) is a youth-centric film about four college-going youngsters. Rahul Sareen (Nishant Dahiya) is a rockstar who is the cynosure of all eyes of girls. Malvika Kelkar (Tara D’souza), an NIFT student, is hot and sexy and the apple of guys’ eyes. Vishal Bhatt (Saqib Saleem) and Preity Sen (Saba Azad), studying in the same college, have been asked to work together on the silver jubilee celebration party of their college. They can’t stand each other. Vishal is mad after Malvika but doesn’t have the courage to go up to her and tell her that he loves her. Likewise, Preity loves Rahul but can’t dream of telling him so. Preity and Malvika are roommates whereas Vishal and Rahul are buddies.
Vishal uses the Facebook platform to send a friend request to Malvika. He does so not from his own account but from friend Rahul’s account. Before Malvika, who just about knows Rahul, can decide whether to accept or reject the ‘fraaandship’ offer, roommate Preity accepts it, posing as Malvika. Therefore, Vishal and Preity become Facebook friends although under the identities of Rahul and Malvika respectively. They start chatting with one another, not just on their laptop computers but also through their cellphones, on the Facebook platform. Vishal thinks, he is getting closer to Malvika. And Preity thinks, she is coming closer to Rahul. Vishal confides in Rahul when it is time for a date with Malvika. Likewise, Preity asks the real Malvika to go for the date with Rahul. On a second date, all four of them meet, of course, as themselves.
Soon, Malvika and Rahul start enjoying each other’s company. As days progress, Vishal and Preity also feel comfortable in each other’s company. Preity even tells Malvika that she now loves Vishal and that it is okay for Malvika to fall in love with Rahul. However, Vishal is shocked to see Rahul kissing Malvika and he takes this as betrayal by Rahul. However, Rahul reminds him that he (Vishal) now has feelings for Preity. But Vishal is not ready to accept this.
What happens next? Who gets whom? Does Vishal get Malvika? Or does he reciprocate Preity’s love? Is Preity a loser in love or is she able to convince Vishal that they both are meant for each other? Does Rahul change after Vishal tells him that he felt betrayed after seeing Rahul cosy up to Malvika? Or does Rahul go ahead and settle down with Malvika? What about Malvika – does she go ahead with Rahul or does she sacrifice her love for the sake of Preity?
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Review – Script Analysis
Pooja Desai and Ashish Patil’s story is targeted at the youth. The atmosphere of the college is very contemporary and the entire attitude of the film and its characters is very youthful. Although love stories with mistaken identities have been seen several times in the past, this one makes it different from the earlier ones because the fake identities are assumed on the social Internet platform of Facebook. Screenplay, penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan and Rajesh Narasimhan, stays true to the story and the target audience. The incidents are all of the kind which happen in the day-to day lives of the city youth. Even the language spoken by the characters in the film is exactly that spoken by the youngsters in the cities. No doubt, the film will not be enjoyed by the older generation (unless they are young at heart and understand the social media like Facebook) and the youngsters in smaller towns because it doesn’t have the usual and typical masala but the youth in the big cities will connect with the characters as well as the drama.
The first half moves at a fast pace and the quarrels and squabbles of Vishal and Preity are entertaining. The pace drops a bit in the second half. Scenes of Rahul and Malvika are not as entertaining as those of Vishal and Preity together. Also, the outburst of Vishal, when he sees Rahul and Malvika kissing one another, looks a bit forced if only because the audience has, before that, got the impression that Vishal has fallen in love with Preity just like Preity has fallen in love with Vishal. A scene or two showing Vishal in denial mode would’ve made Vishal’s outburst scene more forceful and believable. Likewise, the climax looks a bit hurried. Nevertheless, the drama is entertaining and enjoyable – and, more importantly, very contemporary. Dialogues (Anvita Dutt Guptan) deserve distinction marks.
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Review – Star Performances
Saqib Saleem does a wonderful job. He gets into the skin of the character of Vishal Bhatt and comes out an absolute winner. Saba Azad is wonderful as Preity Sen. Not once does she go overboard. She plays her part with effortless ease. Nishant Dahiya is good. He acts with the perfect attitude required for his role. Tara D’souza is also perfect in her role, lending the right amount of glamour and style to Malvika’s character. Mita Vasisht is first-rate as the college teacher. Prabal Punjabi is absolutely endearing as Hacky. Mansi Rach is suitably restrained as Hacky’s sensible sister. Suparna Marwah (as Preity’s mom), Kavi Shastri (as Preity’s ex-boyfriend) and Chitrak Bandyopadhyay (as Machoman) lend very good support. Others provide able support.
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Review – Direction & Music
Nupur Asthana’s direction is commendable for a first-timer. She has maintained a racy pace and her narrative style goes wonderfully well with the script. Credit also goes to her for extracting such wonderful work from her young actors, some of them debut-making. Raghu Dixit’s music is very nice. Dheaon dheaon is the pick of the lot and is a hit number. Har saans mein is another appealing song. Chhoo le, Pyar hua and Baatein shuru are good songs. Lyrics (by Anvita Dutt Guptan, Raghu Dixit and Aslam Noor) go with the mood of the film. Song picturisations (by Aadil Shaikh) are very youth-appealing. Neha Parti Matiyani’s cinematography is eye-filling. Production and technical values are of a good standard.
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Review – Komal Nahta’s Verdict
On the whole, Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is an entertaining fare for the city youth. It doesn’t have much for non-city-based audiences, single-screen cinemas and non-youth audiences. But it has plenty for the city youth. Its poor start and dull pre-Diwali days ahead are a dampener but it has the merits to pick up by strong word of mouth.