Sequels to succesful movies have been an ongoing trend in Bollywood for a while now. This week's release is PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA 2, which also is a sequel of the 2011's sleeper hit PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA. Will this comedy film about relastionships pack a 'Punch' at the box-office or will it prove to be a box-office dud... let's analyze.
The film starts off with the introduction of Anshul aka Gogo (Kartik Aaryan), Siddharth aka Chauka (Sunny Singh Nijjar) and Tarun aka Thakur (Omkar Kapoor). Amongst the trio, Tarun is the one who is highly paid (Rs. 3 lakhs per month). And it is due to this reason that Siddharth and Anshul live their life kingsize (alongwith Tarun, of course) without having to worry much about finance. Right from buying the drinks to paying the monthly rent of the flat, Tarun is the 'go-to' man for Siddharth and Anshul. Life for the trio is all about working hard and partying harder. Life is very 'normal' and routine for the gang ... till the time three girls enter their respective lives. While Anshul falls head over heels in love with Cheeku aka Ruchika Khanna (Nushrat Bharucha), Siddharth goes bonkers over the 'family inclined' Supriya (Sonalli Sehgall) and the 'gym-conscious' Tarun's heart skips its beat over the fit girl Kusum (Ishita Sharma). The three boys just cannot believe their luck with their respective partners. Life becomes one big party for the three couples until one day when the 'money-minded' Kusum speaks out her 'concern' towards Tarun spending his hard earned money to pay the dinner bill of his boys and their girlfriends. After that, the girls start taking control of the boys' lives and the boys slowly and gradually realise that their respective partners are not as cool as they seemed to be initially. All in the name of love, while Anshul lands up becoming Cheeku's multipurpose boyfriend who drives her and her gal pals around for their shopping, Siddharth becomes Kusum's 'ATM boyfriend' from whom she just keeps taking money, while Tarun ends up becoming house help of sorts to Supriya's parents. After a handful of meetings, the trio realise that befriending the girls was the biggest mistake of their lives and that they are being taken for a royal ride. Just when they are about to break up with their respective girlfriends, the girls start wooing their boys all over again in order to let bygones be bygones and give their relationship a fresh start. Will Anshul, Siddharth and Tarun forgive their respective girlfriends and give a fresh start to their relationships, will the boys move over these girls and find someone new, do the boys really get the love that they really need and what happens to the Cheeku, Supriya and Kusum ultimately... is what forms the rest of the story.
Let's begin with the storyline first. The story is similar to the first part. This film too is a guy film which focuses on issues which boys face in their relationships. There is a fair amount of simplicity to the screenplay that makes the full film relatable and fun. However, PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA 2 has a weaker storyline as compared to PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA. The sequel almost follows the same trajectory as PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, viz., how the three boys hook up, the initial honeymoon period and then the disaster begins. The dialogues are entertaining to quite an extent. The film is a satire on love and relationships and is not a typical conventional rom-com. The writers have done their level best to bring across the message that real life love story is not a bed of roses. A certain section of the audience may conclude that the proceedings in the film are misogynistic, but the narrative is from the perspective of boys in the film. Despite having complex situations and circumstances in the film, the film's narrative has been kept extremely simple. There are wild-whacky moments aplenty, but the smart integration of the heavy-duty drama towards the concluding moments camouflage the rough ends in the narrative. The movie has a reasonably breezy first half but the second half dips considerably until the climax that covers all the dots.
As far as the performances in the film are concerned, the lead actors and actresses seem extremely confident and are camera friendly which is one of the strong assets of the film. But, it is the child-actor-turned-hero Omkar Kapoor who comes across as a winner. He is a charmer on screen and quite a decent actor. The strip tease scene between him and Ishita will surely grab eyeballs. On the other hand, Sunny Singh is a natural actor and is thoroughly entertaining. While the film's director wanted him to have a Divyendu hangover (a la PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA), yet Sunny brings his own unique charm to the film. Kartik Aaryan is decent. His 8 minute insightful outburst [monologue] is clap worthy and will be greeted with seetis and taalis. Amongst the girls, it is the lovely Ishita Raj, who put forth genuine performance. Sonalli Sehgall looks bold and beautiful and will charm the audiences. Nushrat Bharucha has worked hard on her funny character but many a times, especially in the second half, she ends up hamming a lot. The rest of the actors help in the film moving forward.
Luv Ranjan also needs to be applauded for having written funny dialogues. The lingo that has been used in the film is straight out of real life, laced with some crackling and witty one-liners.
The film's music (Hitesh Sonik, Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri) is strictly average. None of the songs stay with you. The film's background music (Hitesh Sonik) keeps the audiences hooked to the film. The film's cinematography (Sudhir K. Chaudhary) is decent, the film's editing (Akiv Ali, Ajay Sharma) is crisp.
On the whole PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA 2 packs a solid punch with its unusual, yet relevant storyline. It is a film for youngsters who may patronize it in a big way. Recommended, go for it!