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I wasn’t keen on writing this review, but this was the quickest way of ending my hibernation.
There are 2 things I inferred from this movie :
1. This is from the writer/director of Andaz Apna Apna.
2. Even he can’t re-create Andaz Apna Apna.
The movie has around 15 mins of wonderful comedy — sadly all those scenes are scattered and in the second half. But if you have to watch this one, walk straight into the second half. I was disappointed that Smita Jaykar and Darshan Jariwala (as Prem’s parents) weren’t used earlier in the movie. Once these (and other) side-characters get screen-time and the story veers away from his romance and friends in the second-half, the movie is almost on a stimulant. But just in spurts, not enough to save the movie.
The script is so bad that even someone as earnest as Ranbir couldn’t pull off some of the scenes (like the one in the balcony after intermission). Katrina Kaif is strictly okay but improving — her Hindi accent now sounds only 70% English. The revelation in acting is surprisingly, Upen Patel. The way he satirically imbibes the acting skills of those non-actor model-types who can’t act to save their life, was one of the high points of the movie.
Overall, I was especially disappointed with Ajab Prem .. as this could’ve so easily been a superb comedy, if only the script was worked on. It ends up being the story of another director stuck in a time-warp, struggling to reinvent himself. Sad.
Word has it that Rajkumar Santoshi is planning a movie on the lines of Andaz Apna Apna. It won’t have Salman, but more importantly, even Aamir won’t be in it.
Gee .. I wonder who’ll play a college student then.