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'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai' Review: Please avoid!

'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai' Review: Please avoid!

Sonia Chopra

Saturday 9 May 2015

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An actress "ready to show talent" signs a film with a director who advices her to research the ways of a middle-class Gujarati home. Meanwhile, she is to go to Kuala Lampur where "she is the prize" for a Valentine's Day contest.

Praveen Patel (Ram Kapoor) a.k.a PP is the actress Shanaya's (Sunny Leone) diehard fan. Actually, he lusts after her, and keeps his crush hidden from the family. His family comprises his wife who keeps busy with household and devotional matters and a son who happens to find out about his father’s secret fantasy.

PP (he wears his initials on his shirt) fills the form of the Valentine's Day contest, gets his hair done, and shops till he drops. He wins the contest, and on meeting Shanaya, is on top of the world.

He lies to her about not being married and says he lives with his father. She then requests if she could live with his family for a few days, which throws our middle-aged romeo into a tizzy.

How he gets rid of his family and gets a father, all with the help of his equally lecherous friends, forms the rest of the story.

First things first, the film has us believe that businessman PP's lifestyle is that of a "middle-class" Gujarati home. Except that here, middle-class means having an independent business, a sprawling home with a swimming pool attached, and driving a luxury car. It’s downright insensitive, if not absurd.

Another thing, PP, who is the epitome of a creepy uncle-type staring at women at the gym (there's a scene where he and his friends do that), is a highly unlikable character. It’s one thing to have a fantasy about a celebrity, but here, PP goes into a Shakti Kapoor-mode every time he talks about Shanaya.

You dislike the way he talks about her, you dislike the way he treats his wife, you dislike the way he treats his employees, and most importantly, he’s a father from hell. In one scene the poor son even tells his dad, "Yeh aapko shobha nahin deta".

For 'comedy' you have him talking lustily about Shanaya, you have the double-meaning jokes revolving around bananas and such, and then you have the homophobic gay jokes, where a gay hairdresser roams his hands on PP. Really, now.

This is yet another B-grade Bollywood film made with the intention of exploiting Sunny Leone's image. Except for the sexuality, her character does not seem to have any other characteristics. And so, she does not dress like a normal human— her dresses are only short, her cleavage is always prominent, and the shoes always stilettos. She walks like she's on a ramp, and thinks nothing of undressing from a saree to a dress underneath in a lawn full of people.

The film, directed by Devang Dholakia, has a finale as bizarre as the rest of the film. After 'Humshakals' and now this, one can only hope Ram Kapoor makes better choices with his films.

Sunny Leone, who is constantly dolled-up in the film, looks the part of the fantasy girl.

The relentless background score carries on as we wait for the film to end. Avoid!

Rating: Half a star