One of the most surprising films of 2011 was Pyar Ka Punchnama. It came without any buzz or star value but soon turned into a rage, especially among the young men of the nation courtesy the women bashing it relied on. The filmmaker Luv Ranjan takes similar strategy of minimal promotions as he teams up once again with the prominent duo of PKP Kartik Tiwari and Nushrat Bharucha for Akaash Vani. We take you through its review to let you know whether this one does the trick too or not.
Akaash (Kartik Tiwari) and Vani (Nushrat Bharucha) meet up on the first day of their college in Delhi and instantly hit it off. Cupid strikes and soon they turn into love sick puppies, inseparable almost like the conjoined twins. After long sequences of kasme vaade, romantic songs, mush and froth comes a relatable twist - three years into their relations they have to part ways due to casteism. Vani takes to marrying someone else tearing Akaash away from her life. What happens to the couple follows through the rest of the plot.
Luv Ranjan's debut film was declared to be highly relatable to all male clan by many a film critics so much so that the angered women clan almost accused him of venting his personal hatred towards them through his film. With his second film, the filmmaker tries to re-create a similar impact but this time around towards casteism and the taboo surrounding inter-caste marriages. However, sadly so, he doesn't make a resounding success at it.
The film takes off with a frothy teenage romance track but the director's dosage of froth and mush goes completely awry as the excess sugaryness of the film literally puts you on diabetic coma! The mush is not only comatose but annoys you to the core. And if that isn't enough, the many college/ party and romantic tracks that follow in that time only take your anger to another level.
Nonetheless, the moment the twist comes around the film too takes a turn for good. The portions of Vani's marriage are interestingly portrayed also the intercutting of her deteriorating marriage is brilliantly shot. Although the melodrama towards the end becomes way too much to handle and could've easily been avoided, the built up to it is commendable.
The film relies heavily on Nushrat Bharucha, there's a lot of range in her character and the actress manages to pull off her role. Courtesy his previous success Kartik appears very confident this time around and does a good job too. The surprise package is Sunny Singh Nijjar who plays Vani's evil husband. In his first film itself, Sunny gives a crackling performance as a subdued yet menacing husband.
To sum it up, Akaash Vani may be a flawed film but it still has its heart in the right place. If you can get past the sugary coma and see the relavant topic it deals with, this film is for you.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(2.2 / 5) : Average