Monday, October 17, 2011

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011)


When a Hindi film with 5 songs feels stretched despite clocking under 120 minutes, you know it’s in trouble. Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge relies on a classic premise of mistaken identities. A comedy of errors, Vishal (Saqib Saleem) pretends to be rockstar Rahul (Nishant Dahiya) on Facebook in order to woo Malvika (Tara D’Souza). What he doesn’t know is that Preity (Saba Azad) is also using Malvika’s Facebook account to get Rohit (which is really Vishal). Just one more thing: Vishal and Preity hate each other. It’s a simple enough premise. The problem is that the film quickly runs out of plot. Ideally, such a film could be easily wrapped up in less than 100 minutes, even with songs. However, to make it a full length Hindi feature, the director stretches the film beyond breaking point making the proceedings almost too agonizing to endure.

Also, the script doesn’t help things. The wafer thin plot is embellished with cardboard characters. Instead of a development graph or even remotely realistic teens, you find characters that oscillate between loving and hating each other randomly at the whims and fancies of the writer. They seemed to have walked straight out of a bad Hillary Duff/Lindsay Lohan chick flick. The jokes and one liners draw only intermittent laughs. Like Vishal, the writers are also delusional about the quality of their humour. The conflict between the two leads in the first half is screechy, loud and very forced. The plotting is clunky and laboured despite steadfastly following formula. The editor and the director are to blame for that. Also, you are constantly left wondering: Do either Vishal or Preity realize just how creepy they are? Where are their parents? Where are the teachers? Why do these guys talk like that? Do they even attend classes? And, what is with the product placement? Has Samsung (and not Y-Films) produced this picture? As these and several other questions claw at your brain, the film becomes increasingly insufferable.

Having said this, the film does have a few redeeming factors. The first is Raghu Dixit’s music which is youthful, fresh and zesty unlike the film and its characters. From the Irish-influences in ‘Uh oh uh oh’ and the cool, urban ‘Baatein Shuru’ to the traditional Sufi flavours of ‘Har Saans Mein’, his tunes light up the screen and go a long way in making the film as a whole bearable! The second is Saba Azad and Saqib Saleem. Both these actors have tremendous screen presence and some great chemistry together. In fact, when the script doesn’t demand that they screech at each other, they actually manage to bring some depth and life into their characters, almost making them endearing. Unfortunately, by then, it’s far too late to salvage the ship, let alone save it.

For all these reasons, I think MFK is a waste of your time and the effort of some seriously talented people. Y-Films has gone the Hollywood studio way; choosing to make generic, silly, substandard teen films, featuring over-aged actors desperately trying to pass off as teens, from a strict, market perspective rather than intelligent or <gasp> realistic ones. It's a pity, really. Do yourself a favour: buy and listen to the soundtrack instead.

Rating: 2/5

2 comments:

  1. Pink pink frockings ah..
    Tight tight stockings ah..
    ladi ladi da da!

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  2. Um, Shorey, the music is by Raghu Dixit, the same guy we saw at SF this year.

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