Main Aur Mr. Riight Hindi Movie Review
I have liked Shenaz Treasurywala. She is quite pretty and makes for an attractive persona on screen. That's as long as she sticks to hosting TV shows. Acting is not something she has ever shown comfort in. And with a film that completely lies on her shoulders, Shenaz fails miserably.
But the real problem with Main Aur Mr Riight is not Shenaz. It is Adeeb Rais, the writer and director of the film. The quality of work, though may have been well intended, is amateurish at best if not shabby.
Main Aur Mr Riight is about a perfectionist in waiting for the right man in her life. A casting director with an amazingly swanky office (Really?), Alia is someone who likes everything around her perfect. She has her list of attributes that the perfect match should fit into. Her friends are of course not quite happy about her singlehood and often talk about setting her up. Under peer pressure Alia finally makes a blunder - declares she has found the right guy. Next she hires one of the struggling actors to play her boyfriend for a few weeks. Equations in the gang of friends change with the entry of the new guy (Barun Sobti) who teaches them to be true to each other. And as per romantic comedy guidelines - Alia too falls for this unlikely match.
Adees has a decent plotline. But the screenplay is pedestrian and that translates into a complete lack of energy in the film. So slow is the film that even loopholes could go unnoticed... viewers could be put to sleep. I actually heard someone snore behind me! Not even Bappi Lahiri's '80s hit Yaar Bina Chain Kaha Re helped. The interludes - irritating audition clips of bad actors - that aim to speed up the story make no sense.
The only respite in the films comes from debutant Barun Sobti. The actor, a well known TV name, is like a breeze of fresh air in the film. He is charming at oozes energy. He excels in his role as the loud spoken Delhi guy turned the posh London gentleman. Which makes the film even more tragic - this actor deserved a better launch!
In the meantime the rest of the actors - comprising the gang of friends - seem to be the director's own friendliest. Not sure why they were made to act otherwise.
Main Aur Mr Riight is as faulty as the spelling of 'right' in the title of the film. And no amount of numerology is going to help. It is improbable that even Shenaz's newfound media-attention, thanks to a very well written and timely open letter on women safety in India, would help the film either.
Give it a miss. Save your money. Or just go and watch Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge again as it completes 1000 weeks!