There is a thin line between being humorous and corny. Often in Bollywood, this line is blurred by the filmmakers trying to tap the pedestrian sense of humour of today's youth. But there are also many who succeed in doing so like Kya Kool Hai Hum. Punches at the right time and good comic timing are the two important attributes of such genre of movie. Riding on the same comes this Friday's release Kismat, Love Paisa Dilli. Let's see if it manages to make us laugh or squirm.
Lokesh Duggal (Vivek Oberoi) is a raffish and streetwise Delhi guy who has a life changing moment aboard the last metro. His life turns topsy turvy when suddenly he is dragged into chaotic slurry of cops and goons and even a don chasing him. All this for that one missing tape which everyone thinks, for some reason, lies with Lokesh. Soon he is joined by an unlikely partner called Lavina (Mallika Sherawat) who initially hands Lokesh over to the cops to protect herself but later on get embroiled in the same mess as Lokesh. Rest of the movie is a series of mishaps and occurrences that suck Lokesh and Lavina into this mess even strongly.
As the name suggests, KLPD sticks to acronym to the T. Director Sanjay Khanduri found the cocky meaning of the acronym so fascinating that he didn't think twice before following the same route with the movie. The fact that a man who gave the critically acclaimed movie Ek Chalis Ki Last Local could come out with something this astute is really disappointing.
It is unclear why Sanjay wanted to cram up the movie with every salacious thing possible from homosexual comedy to sex comedy to cheesy slangs and others. However none of them serve the purpose and end up being ridiculous. The movie runs in tangent and the 2 and a half hour runtime starts to get on your nerves after a point of time.
As for performances, Vivek Oberoi needs better films if he wants to gain back his lost glory and Mallika Sherawat should start looking for meatier roles. Here she had a wasted part but couldn't even live upto it. Only respite in the movie is Ashutosh Rana and his team's antics. Rest don't deserve a mention here at all.
All in all, KLPD can be easily missed and you won't even feel it. I give it 1 star.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(1 / 5) : Poor