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Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd March 27, 2007

Posted by Sai in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.
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Reema Kagti’s debut film co-produced by her mentor Farhan Akhtar is a watchable romantic comedy of sorts featuring six couples and more characters in the periphery. The title refers to the company that offers a honeymoon package to Goa. Six couples get aboard the bus and their stories are as follows:

Couple 1: An elderly couple, played by Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi, marry each other (or are just together) after the death of Shabana’s husband, who was earlier Boman’s partner. Boman has a daughter who doesn’t care for this inter-religious relationship while Shabana can’t meet her children after getting together with Boman. Differences exist but love keeps them together. Boman and Shabana are good as usual and they gel together.

Couple 2: A bengali couple who fall in love during their college years and get married subsequently. Living with the parents has meant that along the way, the couple has lost some of the zest for life. They are now leading the lives that the parents intended for them rather than what they had imagined. Kay Kay (Sarkar, Corporate) is once again superb and Raima Sen (Eklavya, Parineeta, Chokher Bali) is just right as the bengali housewife. This is the best story of the lot in my mind and the most identifiable one too.

Couple 3: A perfect couple who do everything in sync and have never fought with each other since they’ve met in childhood. This story features a fantasy element that I did quite enjoy. A part of the audience apparently felt let down by the surprise but it doesn’t really come as a surprise. Kagti gives hints all along the way and some might have figured it out. Abhay Deol (Socha Na Tha, Ahista Ahista) and Minissha Lamba (Yahaan, Anthony Kaun Hai, Corporate) suit the roles quite well and they do a neat job. Their styling and costumes are pretty good (though I didn’t care for the costumes towards the end) and match with their characters.

Couple 4: An NRI male and an Indian female on their honeymoon after they decide to get married through a meeting on the internet. Both have a past that they haven’t revealed to each other and one of these secrets ends up creating problems. Sandhya Mridul (Page 3, Socha Na Tha, Saathiya) does a very nice job here. while NRI hotelier Vikram Chatwal (Ek Ajnabee) is OK as the husband.

Couple 5: A girl aptly named Pinky and her husband Vicky are on their honeymoon. Pinky is a stereotypical girl who is dreamy, talks too much, wears a lot of pink and is looking for attention while Vicky has a peculiar problem that is eating him away and he doesn’t know how to deal with it. Amisha Patel’s acting isn’t something that people rave about in general but she is the best one to play this role. If you don’t like girls like Pinky, Amisha will irritate you no end and therein lies her success. Karan Khanna (Yun Hota To Kya Hota) plays Vicky and he’s alright. This track appealed the least to me.

Couple 6: A girl married against her will is on her honeymoon and a lover is on the chase. This is the shortest of all the stories and for all the three actors involved, these are like special appearances. Ranvir Shorey (Khosla Ka Ghosla, Pyaar Ke Side Effects) makes an impression even with the limited scope. Diya Mirza and Arjun Rampal don’t get much to do.

Comparisons with the recently released Salaam-E-Ishq are inevitable. A couple of things are instantly clear. The latter is a film that fits into the mould of traditional Bollywood romantic comedies while this one is more imaginative, less commercial, features multidimensional characters and has more interesting stories to offer.

The writing and direction by the debutant deserves praise. That characters and the stories are quite appealing and uncommon if not novel. The casting is spot on. The music, apart from the Sajnaji Vaari Vaari number isn’t very appealing. A bit of a letdown from Vishal-Shekhar. Though a lot of things work in this film, there are also certain characters and parts of the screenplay that aren’t particularly good. As a result, the film didn’t cross the line between ‘liked’ and ‘really liked’ for me.

Overall, this is an enjoyable film recommended for those who want to watch something that doesn’t feature routine love stories.

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1. Shujath - April 18, 2007

Well, apart from not being routine there isn’t much which appealed to me here. It’s not boring but not interesting either.


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