Caption: Weak first half and Strong second half
Savvy’s Rating: 3/5 (reluctant rating)
Zephyr: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika
1) Ranbir Kapoor’s irrational / mental reaction at a party and few other similar scenes
2) It’s time for Deepika to check her roles. Metro girl look and roles are good but repetition may impact her career. Technically, she didn’t get meaty role to prove in this movie (she looked chic though)
3) Songs are out of place (in the movie)
Life’s a PLAY. Lucky are those who get a chance to direct their lives. And the rest are called common people.
Imtiaz Ali did it again. Weak hearted female protagonist again. Heroine’s role-o-meter drops to Zero by the climax. 😀
Check this out:
1) Heroine, a naive girl, goes all alone to Corsica and falls for an unknown Indian guy (the Hero). She has a good time with him but doesn’t think she’s in love with him. Cut! Fast forward, she re-enters into the Hero’s life by stating she never forgot him all these years and starts painting the town red with him. But, later rejects his proposal “because” he’s not cheerful the way he was in Corsica. Wait, picture abhi baaki hai, after the rejection, she convinces herself that she’s totally in love with him and tries her best to win him back. All in all, a confused female role. Weak, volatile and fickle minded.
2) Hero’s role confuses you, if not alert. A lost soul in the real world. He’s strong willed at times (trying to take the rejection maturely), looks mentally ill at times (party scene where makes a big ruckus), frustrated (cz of parental pressure and not likeable job) and depressed (cz his love insults him) many times and all in all not happy with his live at all. If this is what the Director wanted to show to audience then he’s successful to some extent.
Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):
At a hi-level, the movie is all about “love what you do, do what you love”. Hero succumbs to parental pressure as a kid and picks up Engineering over his love for story-telling. Later, on the job, he becomes a corporate robot under societal pressure. Technically, he becomes a life-less machine who does everything the same way again and again with no zest.
Once the goes to Corsica and meets an Indian girl (the Heroine). The same girl enters in his life after few years. She expects him to be cheerful and lively but very soon realizes that he’s no more like that. She rejects his proposal. The inner demon takes a toll on this already depressed soul (the Hero). He’s now caught between parental wish (Engineering and a white collar job) and the girl he had fallen for (who’s trying to change him). After many twists, the Hero convinces his parents, leaves the corporate job and starts his own troupe of shows (hi-end story-telling). The movie takes you to the past, present and the future throughout its duration
The movie starts off with very confusing and fast paced scenes. Audience may feel very disconnected and baffled. After an hour or so, things start falling in place and you get involved in the movie.
Few questions that movie tried telling us:
- Kids who undergo parental pressure to study what they don’t like over picking the career what they are good at
- Touches on compromised – plastic – lives (aka lifeless life) that few people live in the society and the rat-race they follow to compete with others
- Love err a girl enters your life and wants to change your life to a “U” turn (this would never change in any generation 😉 )
- Glory of childhood and special attention one gets as a kid ; and how that angel-ring disappears as people grow up
- Last but not the least, it’s never too late to pursue your ambitions. Change of careers can happen any time in life. Whatever is the time, it’s the right time, go for it!
What worked well:
- It’s all about Ranbir. He has done good job as a frustrated son and strong-willed lover. He just mesmerizes you with his acting in the later part of the movie. Wish movie had a great start
- Songs are good to listen ; picturization and placement are not so good. My fav is 1) Safarnama and 2) Agar tum saath ho
This movie is for a specific set of audience. Not for all. I am in split thoughts to recommend this movie as I am not convinced of myself.