|Pyaar Ka Punchnama|
|Kartikeya, Divyendu, Ishita, Sonalli, Rayo, Nushrat|
I remember an obnoxious chap in college whose favourite saying about women was – `Never trust anything that bleeds for seven days and doesn’t die’. We all had a good laugh over it. He thought he was a real wit. In present time, this statement obviously smacks of immaturity and lack of experience with the opposite gender. That’s the problem with this film as well.
We meet the three 'Hungover' characters – each who has an encounter with a woman. Rajat (Kartikeya) is an easy-going sort of a guy who falls in love and moves in with Neha (Nushrat). We see his woes as Neha insists on following him everywhere, even to the poor lad’s boys’ weekend out. Tsk. Of course, she’s a nagger, has a penchant for slamming doors, is manipulative, and even though she’s a “working girl”, prefers spending all weekends buying furniture and matching curtains. Phew!
Next in line is Mr Nerdy (Divyendu) who meets Charu (Ishita) the new girl in office. She employs her charms to get Nerdy to do all her office work, even fetching things for her while she’s at the beauty parlour. Phew!!
Story No. 3 has hunky, guitar- strumming Vikrant (Rayo) in a relationship with a woman (Sonalli) just out of a five-year-old relationship. The possessive ex-boyfriend tells Vikrant - 'Why trust a woman who didn’t take even five months to get into your bed’. The film proves this sexist statement right. Phew!!!
The film shows an attitude wary of women showing them as dominating, manipulative and clingy creatures. In fact, the film mentions the famous Hutch pug commercial 'wherever you go, our network follows'. The dog in the ad must’ve been a bitch, a character says, drawing a parallel with the clingy nature of his girlfriend. This writer is not exaggerating, but the film doesn’t have a single positive or grey- shaded female character.
The characterisation is awry – at one point Vikrant is the quiet, intense kind; at other times, he’s peeing on the road rowdily claiming – “guys are like lions, and can pee anywhere”. Nishant (the nerdy fellow) is the kind who can embarrass a woman with a lewd comment, even put his arms around her for a feel, but is portrayed only as a victim. Despite the weak characterisation, the new actors show promise especially Divyendu, Nushrat and Rayo.
Debut director Luv Ranjan makes a film that tries to be a Dil Chahta Hai (the bonding, Goa trip) meets Hangover (similar assortment of characters –one hunk, one loser, one normal fella). Though a couple of scenes in the film are interesting, Ranjan’s treatment of the story is unsteady, especially as the scenes go on repetitively. Even if you ignore the juvenile nature of the film and try to simply enjoy it, it’s just not entertaining enough.
The film claims that men are victims; but actually there’s only victim here – the viewer.
Verdict: One and a half stars