Never has the youth movie genre been so dynamic and so full of zip in Bollywood. The year 2011 has witnessed a number of youth movies making an impact at the domestic box-office. What sets MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE apart from similar genre films is the fact that not only is the writing edgy and intelligent, but it also introduces us to young actors who can hold our interest for those 1.40 hours.
Come to think of it, most romantic films are so conventional and banal. Even the interesting ones, generally, follow the tried and tested path, but we take to them if the journey to the destination is exciting. Otherwise, charm and humor are difficult things to capture on celluloid, which explains why most romantic films turn into an ordeal of sorts. That's precisely why a film like MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE appeals. First and foremost, it's set against the backdrop of a social networking site [Facebook], which makes it very contemporary, a film of today.
If Rahul [Nishant Dahiya], the rockstar, has got the voice and the looks, Vishal [Saqib Saleem], the writer, has the brains. If Malvika [Tara D'Souza], the fashion design student, can get heads turning with just her looks, Preity [Saba Azad], the photographer, can say a million things with her pretty pictures.
'Liking' someone on Facebook is a lot easier. And when you can't make it on your own, the best thing to do is to fake it. So, Vishal becomes Rahul and Preity becomes Malvika by taking their identities online and they start fraaandshipping each other. But, the question remains, how long can you fake true love? Little do they know that the person they totally hate in real life is the same person they've fallen in love with online.
Director Nupur Asthana, who has several cult shows to her credit, helms this youth film with dexterity. What keeps the momentum going, despite the fact that it tends to get predictable at times, is the dialogue and the chemistry of its central characters. In fact, one of the most refreshing things about MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE is the lingo that the youngsters speak. The dialogue are sharp and smart, something that you expect from a youth movie.
Unlike most love stories that get melodramatic and sentimental after a point, this one does the balancing act well. In fact, though there are moments when the lovers have the usual tiffs and misunderstanding, Nupur ensures that she doesn't go overboard, which is the best part of the enterprise. The only problem is that the film dips slightly in the second hour, when things tend to get a bit monotonous. The climax, though foreseeable, is beautifully handled nonetheless.
Raghu Dixit's music is appropriate to the film. It is youthful, energetic, eclectic and infectious. Besides, the songs are seamlessly integrated in the narrative.
No one in this movie is a big star, but everyone is a proficient actor. The show stopper is Saqib Saleem, who, in my opinion, is the find of the year [so far]. Brimming with energy and a complete delight in front of the camera, Saqib is instrumental in making this journey enjoyable. Nishant Dahiya has the looks and the persona and also does what's required from him. But this is not a role that will make people sit and notice his talent. His good looks will win him fans, for sure. Saba Azad is truly wonderful. A complete natural, she takes to the character like a fish takes to water. Tara D'Souza looks stunning and handles her part well. Prabal is first-rate.
On the whole, MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE is engaging, funny, brimming with style and wit. It's for the youth and the young at heart. Go for it!