Love Games Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film | A | Drama
There is death, and destruction of a premise that could have been a wonderful thriller if only the whole movie had been handled with a little more finesse.
Apr 8, 2016 By Manisha Lakhe

When Ramona and Sam get bored of their lovemaking, Ramona suggests they play 'Love Games': Go to a 'page 3' party and seduce a happy couple. Sam seduces the wife and Ramona, the husband. The first one to send a video of the seduction wins. It sounds terribly boring until Sam falls head over heels in love with a woman he is supposed to seduce and that pisses Ramona off. The story then gets convoluted and the explanations become funnier and funnier, which is wholly unintended. It entertains not as an erotica but as hilarious.


This film is supposed to make you feel that people who live in penthouses are rich but have shallow, empty lives. That preachy introductory bit just flies off the window when we meet Ramona, the grieving widow of some tycoon who falls to his death from the penthouse. But wait! She's cackling, like a witch in a high school play, asking Sam to, 'Come on over, to my farmhouse so we can make out!'


The lad at the other end of the phone is Sam, fresh on the screen, a lad who is all lips. But oh no! There's something missing in their affair. The missing piece is fixed when they play a 'love game': where the two go to a 'page three' party (there can be nothing less!), seduce a couple that looks happiest at the party (Sam seduces the wife, and Ramona the husband). It's funny because they have to text each other the video of the lovemaking. Whoever texts first, wins.


But Ramona gets pissed off when Sam wins and tells us again and again, she hates losing. The game becomes terribly complicated when Sam falls in love with the next woman who turns out to an abused woman who is a fantastic surgeon! Ramona plots really outlandish plots to get Sam back on track... They are not erotic, they just funnier. It's unintentional, of course and dialog like: Tum toh fire brigade ban gaye ho, you come only in emergencies!


Now we are watching an erotic movie, 'You come only in emergencies!' Has a super funny connotation. Ramona's efforts to get Sam back, with the song playing, 'Roses are red, violets are blue, sex is messy, love can be too!'


By the time Ramona and the surgeon meet and plan to kill Sam and the abusive husband, your brains have been numbed by Ramona calling Sam, 'Jittery Pants!', gleefully exclaiming, 'I will tell everything to your trusting girlfriend, and then you'll be dead, spelling the last word for an audience who cannot stop laughing: 'D-E-D, dead!'


There is death, and destruction of a premise that could have been a wonderful thriller if only the whole movie had been handled with a little more finesse. If you can forgive the awful open mouthed kissing scenes and not laugh at the so-called 'rough' lovemaking, the movie does have some merit. It just becomes too twisted too glibly. And the logic just dies.

Manisha Lakhe

   

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