Director Luv Ranjan shot to fame with a surprise hit, PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, in 2011 and the highlight of the film was the bromance between the three new but attractive male leads: Kartik Aaryan, Divyendu Sharma and Raayo S Bakhirta. The film’s success was based on the fact that it was light, youthful and played on the fun stereotypes about women and dating. Now, the filmmaker is back with yet another film with his favourites: Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Singh and Nushrat Bharucha. Yes, and it is love triangle but with a twist. SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY (SKTKS) is a clash between Romance Vs Bromance. The undercurrent here though is the same: Is the dosti between men more precious than a romantic liaison with a woman? Find out here.
The movie revolves around Titu (Sunny Singh) who is a hapless victim of romance. A perpetual lovesick puppy, he falls in love way too easily and gets his heart broken at the drop of his hat. Sonu (Kartik Aaryan), his street-smart, suave pal is his saviour. He literally saves him from bad company, relationships and is kinda obsessed with him… in an endearing sort of a way. Sonu advises Titu to stay away from Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha). Titu does not pay any heed to Sonu’s advice but in turn tells him that his motherly instincts are making him say so! This sentence sort of summarises the extent to which these guys are close!
So, the film mounts on as Titu falls deeper in love with the seemingly flawless Sweety who tries her best to woo him. Sonu remains skeptical, waiting for a chance to find something against her that he can use. She too realises his true designs and declares a full-blown war against Sonu. The suspense of the film is who wins? Dosti or Pyaar or do these plots take a totally different trajectory? The makers successfully hook us on with the cat and mouse game between his hero and the 'villain’.
Well, there is no denying that the target audiences for these movies are young college going kids. The film caters to them and does a good job with its dialogues and plot to keep the viewer constantly hooked. The dialogues with punches written by Rahul Mody along with Luv are young and funny. There are many cusswords used with beeps in it, which add to the overall fun. Along with Kartik, Alok Nath’s punch lines are very funny too.
Director Luv Ranjan holds the film in place and keeps us engaged throughout with surprise twists and the Tom and Jerry like chemistry between Sonu and Sweety. No, the ending is nothing like you'd ever expect and would take you by surprise. SKTKS will surely keep you on the edge of the seat.
There are certain scenes which stand out and deserve a mention. The scene where Sweety is introduced for a rishta with Titu, Sonu keeps getting anxious at the prospect of his friend ending up with her are noteworthy. Another sequence which is interesting is when Titu’s ex Pihu (played by the electric Ishita Raj) shows up in the story. Sonu’s funny segment with servant Babu, who is appointed by Sweety, will make you laugh hard.
Talking about the performances, Kartik Aryan’s screen presence is top class. His evil grin and devilish charm will make you fall in love with him. Sunny Singh is a total eye candy and delivers as a shy, romantic fellow. He is natural and believable as Titu. Nushrat Bharucha commands your attention and her moments with Kartik are pure fire. Their chemistry is sizzling and they totally look good together. She holds on to her character and delivers a solid performance. Special mention to Alok Nath who plays a quirky patriarch Ghasitaram. He is refreshingly good as a whiskey+kebab loving grandfather and adds a much-needed zing to the plot. Ishita Raj as Titu's ex Pihu does her role fantastically well.
The music of SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY is already hit after music director Hitesh Sonik revamped some of the chartbusters: ‘Dil Chori’ and ‘Bom Diggy Diggy’. Hitesh Sonik’s background score goes really well with the overall appeal of SKTKS.
As for visuals, the film looks very good as DOP Sudhir K Chaudhary does a fine job of making every frame look pretty and colourful. Editor Akiv Ali keeps the movie tight and crisp. Vicky Sidana gets the casting spot on.
On the whole, SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY entertains as well as packs a solid punch. It is witty and sharp both in terms of drama and execution. At the box office, it will be lapped up by its target audience - the youth - who will take an instant liking towards the film. Strongly recommended.