Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge: Not original, but surprisingly good
By Urjita Patil
When I was asked if I wanted to go watch Nupur Asthana’s “Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge”, I cringed, not just at the title but even at the fact that it was promoted as “not another formulaic, generic, yuppie, teenage, wannabe cult movie” which meant it was definitely going to be “just another formulaic, generic, yuppie, teenage, wannabe cult movie”.
But after a few minutes of sitting through the movie touted as “this season’s most screwed up love story”, I could actually feel myself enjoying it.
This wasn’t a bad movie at all, I could even go to the extent of saying it was refreshingly cute (except for the title — what’s up with that?) And who better to show you the lighter side of love than the King of Romance, Yash Raj.
So what’s the story? Well, it’s your usual romcom against the backdrop of your very own favourite social networking site — Facebook. There’s a boy, Vishal, a writer. And there’s a girl Priety, a photographer. Now ordinarily, you would expect the two to meet, fall in love, a little drama, a lot of songs and a twist or two if you’re lucky.
But here comes the tricky part. There’s another boy in the picture, Rahul the rock star. There’s also Malvika, a gorgeous fashion designer. Now Vishal likes Malvika and Preity likes Rahul. But Malvika doesn’t know Vishal and Rahul doesn’t know Preity. So instead of going up to a complete stranger and reciting poems of everlasting love, they opt for the super convenient route most of us use — Facebook.
It gets even trickier. Vishal pretends to be Rahul while Preity pretends to be Malvika. And while Rahul and Malvika are lovers online, Vishal and Preity are enemies in real life. And from there begins this comedy of errors.
Obviously, it feels complicated but Asthana’s direction is assured and the screenplay doesn’t give you a chance to get bored, a great achievement in your everyday teenage romcoms, so kudos to that. The cinematography is glossy and the look and feel of the movie is fresh, not that you’d settle for anything less from a Yash Raj film.
Saqib Saleem does a brilliant job of acting and Saba Azad looks marvellous. Raghu Dixit does a fabulous job with the music, except for the “Tyaon Tyaon Dyaon Dyaon” number — that is as uncool as the film’s title.
This isn’t a movie that deviates too much from the norm, but is still entertaining. After all, whatever generation you belong to, lovestruck smileys can’t replace your first date, friend requests can’t replace a romantic proposal and social networking sites can’t replace a blossoming college romance. So even though I may not be a sucker for Bollywood love stories like my crazy ‘fraaands’, I can safely say that “Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge” is worth a watch. Thumbs up.
(The writer is a 20-year-old dentistry student at Terna Dental College in New Bombay. This is a guest post)