The film could have been a light, tongue-in-cheek but insightful portrayal of modern urban marriages. Instead (slightly inspired by California Suite), she collects a few ‘types’ middle-aged couple on their second honeymoon, one set each of newly weds who had an arranged marriage, one love marriage, arranged-cum-love marriage, one net-dating pair, one runaway bride. A whole bunch of regional caricatures and none of them can be identified with.
They all get on a garish Honeymoon bus to Goa and park themselves in a tacky hotel. Much too soon, the group has its first shock when a weeping bride (Dia Mirza) runs off with her lover (Arjun Rampal), leaving a befuddled husband (Ranvir Shorey in a regrettably tiny role).
Then each has his or little crisis, none of which matters by the end of the movie—including one bride (Sandhya Mridul) being told by her husband (Vikram Chatwal), that he is gay, which she accepts with equanimity and decides to stay married. The other gay groom (Karan Khanna), married to a garrulous twit (Amisha Patel, irritating) just suppresses his inclination and carries on normally. It seems the homosexual angle was put in just to give the film a contemporary feel, but it doesn’t work, because it is not resolved satisfactorily.
There a couple of funny moments and one unexpected sci-fi twist, but on the whole the film is populated with a bunch of inconsequential characters. The director’s inventiveness just shines in one or two back stories, shot in back and white and narrated by a radio jockey. The story of Aspi (Abhay Deol) and Zaara (Minissha Lamba) is cute and witty.
But on the whole, the film just makes you wonder why these people even got together. Why, for instance did the middle-aged widow (Shabana Azmi) marry the middle-aged widower (Boman Irani), and if she did so happily, why does she spend her first night at the hotel weeping copiously in the bathroom? Why did the smart and individualistic Milly (Raima Sen) even marry the oily-haired conservative Partho (Kay Kay Menon)? Then again, how come Aspi and Zaara did not suspect each other’s superpowers for the 16 years they spend together?
The film is about married couples discovering each other on their honeymoon, but the film has so few intimate moments, and when there is a scene of a couple alone, it’s in the jokey style of Aspi and Zaara making dog-and-cat sounds! There is hardly any of the joy, confusion, maybe disappointment or doubt that would perhaps assail a newly married young man or woman. So Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. remains at the level of seen-and-forgotten.