'Mohabbat' suffers from all the standards perils of an outdated romantic tale. Everything - ranging from the long-dead story to the hackneyed situations, the uninspiring characters to the banal climax - is there in this desperate-looking flick that's not much fun.
The love triangle that has been Siddique Shammer has Sajna (Meera Jasmine) occupying the top pinnacle with Anwar (Anand Michael) and Ameer (Munna) resting at the other two corners. Sajna is madly in love with her fiance Anwar, and when her college mate Ameer confesses his love to her, she is quick to brush it aside with a smirk. Later though, when Anwar disappears without a trace, Sajna finds her feelings towards Ameer having undergone a sea change.
Not quite surprising, huh? I'm sure you must also have guessed that Anwar would soon be back with a bang. All the weeping and wailing that follows his grand arrival, and the final climatic showdown could all be penned beforehand by any soul who has been watching romantic Malayalam cinema for a while.
The film starts off at some college. With the arrival of Sajna, the stage is set for some real hardcore combat between Ameer and the college baddie (Beyon). Something happens then, and all on a sudden, the story is thrown out of the college. Perhaps the makers got fed up of all the campus nonsense themselves.
Before we know it, the lead characters are all out in the bad world, away from the campus, where a song 'n dance timetable was followed on most days. Ameer, we are told has become a real estate dealer in no time, and we see him striking a deal like a professional. The boy has grown indeed, and how!
Sajna meanwhile, has dropped her studies because of reasons beyond her. Once a member of the affluent Chandanathoppu family, she now finds the tables having been turned, and has to look after an ageing (almost) mother (Shari) and a younger brother and sister. She roams from pillar to post, hunting for a job, and everything in her life has changed - except of course her atrocious dress sense.
Meera Jasmine in 'Mohabbat' is a fashion disaster, and God alone knows why she looks as ghastly as in the film. Each and every costume that she uses in 'Mohabbat' is a big No-No from any dress designer standards. And yet, we see her over made-up through out, donning outfits that no actress would dare be caught even sleeping in. Trust Meera to come up with surprises in film after film, albeit a very outrageous one in 'Mohabbat'.
Of the two heroes, Munna and Anand Michael, Anand does leave a mark, because of his very unconventional looks and subdued acting. Munna is strictly passable.
'Mohabbat' seems like a lovewreck all right, if that could be said of a love tale doomed for box office disaster. Even with your expectations kept real low, it might be impossible to survive this romantic tragedy.