Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Kucch Luv Jaisaa: Not a fun ride
A bored, under-appreciated housewife, who decides to break out of her monotony, meets a stranger and spends a day with him — not knowing who he is, or what his motives are and discovers a different side to her personality.
To her credit, director Barnali Ray Shukla does have an interesting premise at the heart of “Kucch Luv Jaisaa” but a good idea doesn’t always translate into a good film and this is the perfect example.
Shefali Shah plays Madhu, the bored, overworked housewife who, tired of being taken for granted by her family, gives in to an impulse on her birthday and decides to reclaim her life.
She splurges on new clothes, a makeover and even buys a car, but that clearly isn’t enough excitement for a day. She comes across a stranger at a coffee shop, deduces for herself that he is a detective and begs to let her assist him on a case.
The stranger is Raghav, and he is no detective, but a criminal on the run from the police. He decides to go along with the detective story so that he can escape and the duo end up at a resort on the outskirts of Mumbai.
There really is nothing more to say — the movie is a good idea that translates into a very boring and at times ridiculous film. There is a scene towards the end with Shah’s character and her daughter, which revolves around love and sex, a scene cringe-worthy and inappropriate on so many levels.
The dialogue is inane, with one gem from Madhu’s husband, going “this nail polish will be like your friend. And after all, isn’t that what everyone wants?”
Also, while you start off feeling bad for Shah’s character, she comes across as such an airhead halfway through the film, that you lose any sympathy you had for her. Rahul Bose, on the other hand, is entirely unconvincing as the good-at-heart criminal. His attempt at speaking Mumbai slang and sporting brooding looks is entirely unsuccessful.
This is a film that could have been a fun ride, but ultimately it just gets to the point where you ask “are we there yet”?