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Will You Marry Me?

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Will You Marry Me?

By Joginder Tuteja, 25 Jul 2012
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MOVIE DETAILS

Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Mugdha Godse, Rajeev Khandelwal, Muzammil Ibrahim, Celina Jaitly, Paresh Rawal, Tripta Parashar
Director: Aditya Datt
Producer: Krishan Chaudhery, Vipin Jain
Music: Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri, Sachin Gupta
Lyrics: Turaz, Shabbir Ahmed, Gaurav Dagaonkar, Shabeer Ahmed, Sakina Khan

THE FILM

Watching Will You Marry Me? is one haphazard experience. At places it seems like another take on Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara (three friends with one of them about to get married to a demanding girl), at others it turns into a Deewana Mastana (two boys trying to outsmart each other and gain attention of a girl). On the other hand for the portions in between, it meanders into different territories like repayment of loans, cricket betting, exploring true love, etc. etc., all of which have come with clear reference points from other films.

One can't really say that Will You Marry Me? starts with a bang either. The very pretext of three friends (Shreyas Talpade, Rajeev Khandelwal, Muzzamil Ibrahim) deciding to bet upon their likelihood of ever getting married seems a rather too flimsy. Even the jokes between them don't really make you burst out laughing. An attempt is made to show them on a back slapping term but clearly, the zing is missing.

Entry of Mugdha Godse in their life (mainly Shreyas and Rajeev) does promise some fun moments and there are actually a few, especially with both boys deciding to interchange their personality for her. However this angle, despite carrying good potential, is unfortunately not explored much, hence leaving a sense of hollowness. By the time things start clearing up on the love front, arrival of Paresh Rawal as the 'Gukta King' only complicates the proceedings and takes Will You Marry Me? into a different zone altogether, something that is not quite welcome. The film may well have worked had the story continued on the path of one upmanship between Shreyas and Rajeev. Of course this would have meant comparisons with not just Deewana Mastana but even Shreyas' own Hum Tum Shabana. Still, at the least it would have led to some funny moments. Unfortunately in case of Will You Marry Me? the interest level doesn't quite stay consistent right through those two hours due to constant inclusion of different sub-plots. Moreover some of the intended funny sequences fall flat at many junctures, hence ending up diluting whatever little impact some genuinely good scenes may have created.

Picture this, there is one such weird sequence where Muzzamil is required to wear lingerie and click his picture with it! While this is supposed to be funny, even more cringe worthy sequence follows with him now being kept hostage by Paresh Rawal in exactly the same attire. This is nothing when compared to one extended sequence that has been shot in a gay bar featuring Bobby Darling. Shoddily shot, the sequence features a full-on song where lead protagonists get into Superman costume and start jiving to the beats for a full fledged song.

These are the reasons why one doesn't quite end up acknowledging the film for some of the funny moments that come on screen, courtesy Shreyas. His solo act in front of a mirror is enjoyable and so is the one where he and Rajeev raise a toast for Muzammil's engagement. Mugdha's initial conversations with the two boys bring on a smile as well while the song 'Kalma' does manage to leave a good mark. With Mugdha bringing on the glamour quotient and some intermittent laughs by Shreyas/Rajeev, this film did carry some ammunition to cover a greater distance but loses fizz in the interim period.

Post interval portions don't work much either, what with constant flip-flop of Mugdha's love for Rajeev and Shreyas leaving audience confused and also left wondering if she would consent to either of the two. Later her decision to go with one after teaching another a lesson doesn't cut much ice either. Frankly, the writing just goes for a toss by this time around. Thankfully the extended sequence featuring cricket betting comes across as reasonably interesting but by that time it is way too late. Also, the pre-climax and climax again result in the film going downhill.

The film doesn't score too high on acting department either though Shreyas does bring in comic sparks at times in the first half. Rajeev tries hard to show a different side of his persona but the final results are a mixed bag. Mugdha exudes oomph at a few places and acts decent as well. However her characterisation is patchy. Muzzamil and Triptaa (who plays his girlfriend) are decent. Celina Jaitly is hardly there and one wonders what made her sign a part that included just one song and four dialogues. Talking of dialogues, they too are common place with hardly any wit, something that was required for movie of this genre.

DURATION

The film's duration is 130 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES

- None

TECHNICAL DETAILS

- 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- Subtitles - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo

PRICE

Rs. 299/=

CONCLUSION

This mishmash affair neither turns out to be comic nor romantic/dramatic, hence turning out to be a forgettable affair.
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