Falling in love is more of a ploy in Dr. Love that has little to do with the forces of nature. You design and scheme with all your might, as if the object of your affection is your gravest enemy on earth.
In K.Biju's 'Dr. Love' Kunchacko Boban plays Vinayachandran, a youngster who is busy trying every trick of the trade to make both ends meet. He writes and publishes bland love stories that he sells off for a cheap price at bus stands. One fine day, he meets a PE Professor (Innocent), who mistakes him to be an expert in resolving issues of love. And within no time, Vinayachandran, who follows him to college, get known in the campus as Dr. Love.
They say, love stories arrive in all shapes and forms. This is one such love tale that tells the story of a 'romantic consultant', that teems with young actors, and attempts to take a peck at almost everything that it possibly can. It has ample doses of all those things that could perhaps make the new campus generation go ga-ga over it, be it friendship, love or whatever.
Dr. Love has a few real promising shots right at the beginning, and you think this is going to be a film that would be unquestionably different. The title cards over, the story starts, and you see that nothing much has changed in the world of love down here. This is a campus like several other ones that we have seen before, where almost everyone - be the students or teachers way past their prime - yearn to fall in love.
Any outsider, it should be remembered gets posted in the college canteen, (remember College Kumaran?) and so does Dr. Love. Love, love, Dr. Love... goes the refrain in the background, and those with romantic sickness start pouring in for consultation in no time.
Though he starts off waiting at tables. he is soon is promoted to the cashier post, given his peculiar skill to draw in sick love birds into the canteen. And in no time, he becomes a campus hero and starts singing songs as well.
So where are those campus crooks, you ask, and along comes Rajith Menon and his team, who admit that love isn't what they are on the look out for. Unfortunately, they don't have much of a say in this film, because its all about the purest form of love - the kind that gently eats into you, and eventually chokes you.
Dr. Love, for most of its running time is unrealistic to the core, and even of you keep its central protagonist out of the picture, what remains is not quite workable either - like for instance, the last half an hour of the film, when it turns out to be even more and more impractical.
The film does have a charming cast, and all of them have done remarkably well. Kunchacko Boban, Bhavana, Ananya, Bhagath Manuel, Hemanth Menon, Rejith Menon, Manikkuttan and new find Vidya Unni are all good, and tray real hard to keep the spirit up and running.
Falling in love is more of a ploy in Dr. Love that has little to do with the forces of nature. You design and scheme with all your might, as if the object of your affection is your gravest enemy on earth. And finally, make her fall prey to your charms. Ugghh.. not my cup of romance, this!
2 out of 5 (Okay)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good