Bewakoofiyaan review: A sitcom episode at best!
By: Sonia Chopra
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 14 March 2014
Sonam Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rishi Kapoor
Successful professional Mayra (Sonam) is in love with a senior marketing executive Mohit (Ayushmann); and their urbane romance has an unlikely villain.
Enter her father VK Sehgal (much like Robert De Niro?s character from Meet The Parents) in the form of portly Rishi Kapoor. He's not satisfied with his daughter settling for a senior executive earning Rs 65,000 per month. He has a file for Mayra with guys who have a "pachees crore ka turnover".
Mayra argues that she loves the guy and asks, "What else do you need for happiness?" "Money!" he thunders. So in his quest for a boy who can pamper his daughter, he ignores what she really wants -- to be married to Mohit.
He chides Mohit with a male chauvinist dig on the fact that Mayra earns more than him. And that?s not the only regressive bit in the movie. When they decide to get married, Mayra ditches a Dubai job promotion offering double the salary and other yummy perks.
Really Bollywood? Are we still stuck in a time where a successful female professional has to sacrifice a dream promotion so she can marry? A classic case of a film falling way behind its audience.
Meanwhile, Mohit loses his job due to the recession and has to escape the eye of his future father-in-law.
VK Sehgal employs all his time and efforts in unearthing evidence, even as small as a parking offence, to prove that Mohit is unworthy of the marriage. Osama, as Mohit calls him, demands complete paperwork from his passport to Aadhar card. The squash court, where they meet in the evenings, becomes a battlefield!
Meanwhile she upgrades, he downgrades. Mayra paying Mohit's bills, and him refusing to take a junior level job, causes cracks in their relationship.
The film veers on to the dynamics between the couple with her father playing spoilsport and cupid alternatively.
One doesn't quite understand any of the characters, let alone warm upto them. The most muddled of them all is perhaps VK Sehgal's character. There are some attempts to make his character adorable by showing his lack of knowledge of computers and his love for video games. But overall it's a confused character with no clear explanation of his motives.
The film, that has just enough meat to be a sitcom episode, naturally falls flat in the second half. There simply isn't enough to say. You're then subjected to a preachy money vs. love debate.
Director Nupur Asthana (Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge) gives us a film that could have been so much more. Funnier, more romantic, and more heartfelt.
The lead actors do well, but their chemistry isn?t the stuff of memorable rom-coms. Sonam Kapoor with two back-to-back hits (Raanjhanaa and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) has proven her mettle. As the independent Mayra who now wants her father to retire so she can take care of him, Sonam is believable and charming. Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor) is wonderful as the boyfriend fielding missiles both at work and in personal life. Rishi Kapoor, is dependably superb, but is saddled with a role that?s as improbable as it is confusing.
The film could have been a modern rom-com dealing with issues of the recession, over-bearing parents, changing love equations etcetera. But what you get are good-looking actors, a few immersing moments, and an amusing sitcom episode at best.
Rating: Two and a half stars