'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2' review: Of the whiners, by the whiners, and for the whiners!

'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2' review: Of the whiners, by the whiners, and for the whiners!

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 16 October 2015

Movie Title

'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2' review: Of the whiners, by the whiners, and for the whiners!


Luv Ranjan

Star Cast

Sunny Singh Nijjar, Sonalli Sehgal, Ishita Sharma

Persecution complex, noun: 'An irrational and obsessive feeling or fear that one is the object of collective hostility or ill-treatment on the part of others.'

Our man-child trio is suffering from the above-mentioned condition, and is convinced that the female of the species is out to get them. The film, a sequel to 2011's Pyaar Ka Punchnama, goes on to prove this point, offering us a severely one-sided, highly chauvinistic perspective.

And that makes one wonder about the personal world of the film's writer-director. Dear Luv Ranjan, your name belies you. It makes one want to question: How do you live and laugh in your daily life while feeling persecuted by one half of the world's population? And could you please remove your fear-tinted glasses and take a look at the real women around you, who, in all probability would run miles away from your whining characters?

We meet our three boyz - Gogo (Kartik Aryan), Thakur (Omkar Kapoor) and Chauka (Sunny Singh) - are having a profound discussion: who will take the wheel after their drinking session?

That neither must drive after drinking is a thought that never crosses their uncomplicated minds.

We proceed to see how they fall in love. One falls for a girl at a party, another at a wedding; and this one's the best-the third guy creepily stares at a girl at the gym, who then invites him over to her place.

The film then explores how the girls wreck havoc in the lives of our characters, even interfering in their holy bromance equation. The rich brat behaves like a five-year-old. We're supposed to sympathize with Gogo as he chauffeurs her around while she shops and gets nails done, which she proceeds to show off while he's driving. Because, you know, what do women know about not disturbing someone while they're driving?

The film also expects us to sympathize with Chauka when his girlfriend and her family use him as their personal assistant. And then, we are to shed tears for Thakur, as his girlfriend who was pretending to be independent, is gladly making him buy expensive gifts.

So basically, all three men choose badly, they choose to continue being treated badly for whatever reason, and instead of learning and moving to better people, they choose to shift the blame ENTIRELY on the women 'they' themselves have chosen.

A monologue happens (a completely over-cooked scene), where one of the boyz rants about women. Most of the digs at women are light-hearted and can be taken in a sporting spirit. Many in the audience might even identify and be entertained by some of them. But the film crosses the line when it suggests that women as partners are good for only one thing. And when a cop says that 'No girl in the police station has ever told the truth'. Excuse me, what in the world does that mean?

The performances are passable, with Kartik Aryan, Sunny Singh and Nushrat Bharucha holding fort, while the others struggle.

Ranjan keeps the storytelling light, often making us chuckle as the characters fall deeper into their own trap. There are instances of well-written, humour-sprinkled dialogue and some scenes (like the restaurant one) neatly capturing the nuances of new equations. What disappoints is the childish misogyny, and our complaint-box characters.

Basically, they come across as imbeciles who secretly wish for a partner who could fawn over them unconditionally like their mothers. A scene in the film confirms this hunch.

You almost want to buy them a milkshake and offer them a hanky as they rant the way children do about their nasty classmates. But then, these are not children, but full grown-men, deeply in fear of women. Far from feeling offended by the movie, you end up feeling sorry for its limited vision. If the film were actually brave, it would offer a more balanced perspective. This one is of the whiners, by the whiners and for the whiners.

Rating: 1 star

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