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A ride without the spunk

anuj kumar
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meeting of oppositesShefali Shah and Rahul Bose
meeting of oppositesShefali Shah and Rahul Bose

It's case of an interesting idea losing its fizz because of lacklustre writing. It's a case of fine actors finding themselves lost in the absence of proper character graph. Debutante Barnali Ray Shukla starts off well as she takes us into the world of Madhu, a housewife whose marriage has become a business of diminishing returns.

On her birthday, which comes once in four years, her husband (Sumeet Raghavan) forgets to wish her. She decides to break free. She gives herself a makeover, buys a car and treats herself to sizzling brownie. At the restaurant she comes across Raghav (Rahul Bose), a gangster on the run. He specialises in forged passports and is duped by his filmy girlfriend (Neetu Chandra). Madhu mistakes him for a detective. The two go on a ride. Madhu wants to spend the day learning the spying business while Raghav uses her to dodge the police. In between Barnali cuts to show us what Madhu's husband, who works in the advertising industry and considers himself an expert on ‘what women want,' is up to.

What could have been a jolly good ride turns out to be a tedious one. To begin with there are factual errors. The car shown doesn't come for Rs. 2 lakh. No dealer gives you a car with a registration number. It's a bit too convenient to show two persons having February 29 as their birthday. Even if we ignore these lapses, the story doesn't go anywhere once Madhu and Raghav start following a supposed target. Shefali tries hard to tone down her ‘intelligent' image still you can't believe that Madhu can't see through Raghav's shallow design. The good thing is Shefali keeps the housewife sensibilities intact even when she gets a makeover. There is no jerk

Rahul Bose has taken such rides with interesting women before. RememberMr. & Mrs. IyerandChameli? Here the formula is you get to know something new at every step. It could be about the character or his or her life. Here there is very little that Barnali has to add once we get to know the backgrounds of her protagonists in the opening montage. Yes, there are interesting lines here and there like the one where Madhu's husband compares her to the lizard which believes that she is holding the roof. Or the one where the target asks is there something like good husband? The usually polished Rahul seems confused how to play a silent, brooding gangster, who has little sophistication. When he says, ‘everybody wants to be heard, nobody wants to listen', perhaps, he is putting across his dull condition.

The screenplay comes to a standstill when the two check into a resort. A virulent chemistry between Shefali and Rahul could have saved the day but the two fail to strike a chord. The whole film rests on the premise what if they come a little too close to each other but the three (Barnali included) hardly give us any such idea. That's why the climax looks contrived. It tastes kucch half-baked jaisa!

anuj kumar

Kucch Luv Jaisaa

Genre:Drama

Cast:Shefali Shah, Rahul Bose

Plot:A housewife on the run meets a gangster on the run. Opposites attract…

Bottom line:A tiresome ride!


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