Adding that dash of humor to an otherwise simplistic love story can really up the entertainment quotient and AMIT SAHNI KI LIST is a fitting example of that.
Obsessed with his dream of finding the perfect girl is the successful investment banker Amit Sahni [Virr Das]. His list is nothing but the qualities that make his Ms. Right just a female version of himself. So when he meets his opposite, Mala [Vega Tamotia], a free-spirited, adventurous girl, he is reluctant to make her a part of his life.
However, with time, Mala's nature rubs onto Amit and he falls in love with her. Soon after their engagement, Amit meets the sophisticated and classy Devika [Anindita Nayar], the girl that suits 'Amit Sahni Ki List' perfectly. Caught between Mala and Devika, Amit discovers his journey of love.
Director Ajay Bhuyan interprets urban characters exceedingly well, capturing the complexities and finer nuances of people living in the metropolis. However, the movie deserves credit for incorporating some quirky punches minus sex jokes that keeps the humor element intact, even in dramatic and emotional scenes. Although the plot isn't innovative enough, the storyteller also makes sure he pads the narrative with several interesting episodes that keep you smiling constantly.
A novel aspect is the male protagonist looking towards the camera and talking to the spectator. Sure, it appears awkward initially, but the interesting feelings/viewpoint that he conveys works in the film's favor.
Having said that, AMIT SAHNI KI LIST lacks that required twist that would've set it apart from clichÃ©d romantic sagas and movies of its ilk. That is one of the reasons why the graph of the film, all of a sudden, spirals downwards towards the middle of the second half. You know what the conclusion would be, but the way the story culminates is just not original.
The soundtrack is in sync with the mood of the film, especially the song that appears towards the end credits. The DoP [Maneesh Chandra Bhatt] captures the plush look as well as the dazzling scenery [when Virr and Vega go bungee jumping] delightfully.
After her striking performance in CHITTAGONG, Vega Tamotia gets thumbs up for her part of the vivacious Mala. She conveys a lot through her expressive eyes and essays her part with proficiency. Anindita Nayar has wonderful screen presence and appears confident. Kavi Shastri [as Pushkar] is first-rate. Natasha Rastogi [as Virr's modern yet conventional mother] delivers a fine performance. However, it is, undoubtedly, Virr Das who gives the film that added push with a super performance. He is the mainstay of the enterprise.
Meiyang Chang appears in a cameo.
On the whole, AMIT SAHNI KI LIST is a feel-good film that tickles your funny bone with its witty dialogues. Holds appeal more for the urban audience!