From Geet in Jab We Met to the heroine of Tanu Weds Manu, to the recent wild-child in Ekk Main Aur Ek Tu. What's more, the audience loves them, too.
Usually the portrayal of such a character is confused. The heroine's feistiness and love for adventure is sadly interpreted as a child-like demeanour. This film falls into that trap too, but only intermittently. Otherwise, this character is the life of the film!
Mini (Genelia D'Souza), a foreign-educated and strangely ambition-less girl, is about to be married to a person she doesn't approve of.
It's a neat deal. The boy gets the green card to go to "kaneda" and she gets married into a wealthy family. That's all that seems to matter to her domineering father.
Not one to cow down, she decides to take action. When luck presents her a chance to escape, she does. This chance comes in the form of Viren (Riteish Deshmukh), a rickshaw driver who crashes her engagement party.
Mini takes advantage of the situation and stages her own kidnapping to escape the forced marriage.
Then on the fearless girl takes over and gives the reluctant kidnapper blow-by-blow instructions on how to ask for ransom. The scene where they ask for ransom using the local grocery shop phone is priceless. There are several such laugh-out-loud moments.
The story doesn't stall there ? there are other kidnappings that follow. Which naturally results in more madness, and more laughs.
This unlikely (and therefore predictable) romance unfolds nicely and we get a chance to like and root for the two characters. And they're the film's highlight really.
Genelia, especially, is the film's lifeline. She has turned out to be one of the industry's most talented and pretty heroines. Impish and vulnerable at the same time, she's pure sunshine.
Riteish Deshmukh matches step-for-step as the simpleton who starts his ransom letter with a respectful greeting.
History proves it - very few real couples work on-screen. But Riteish and Genelia bring their crackling chemistry on-screen as well. And they're an immensely likeable pair.
A film becomes extra-special when its peripheral characters are as fun as the central ones. Indeed, this film has enough of them from Viren's father (Om Puri) to his sister who's a wannabe magician.
The foot-tapping songs and crisp cinematography are an added bonus.
Director Mandeep Kumar maintains the light-hearted and romantic feel throughout the film. Plus there are enough developments to keep the viewer engaged.
Watch it to enjoy an unpretentious, old-fashioned romance that also weaves in a madcap kidnapping-within-a-kidnapping story. Recommended, especially for rom-com buffs!
Rating: 3 stars