Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) Movie Review – lacks magic, passable fare

Yet another romantic kitsch after Salaam-E-Ishq, six newly wed couples getting into Honeymoon bandgown. Different genre, different age group and each one having different start and climax. Debutant director Reema has tried to present usual stories in pretty unsual way. The life of different couples and how problem arises are well depicted but she flaters to solve those problems and leaves many loose ends.

NOT at all exciting !

Cast: Shabana, Boman, Abhay, Kay Kay, Minisha, Amisha, Sandhya, Ranbeer

Backed by big makers like Farhan Akhtar, Reema do get an ensemble of stars from Shabana Azmi till Minisha Lambha, Kay Kay till Abhay Deol but the magic is missing. A few moments do linger in your memory. Yet, there are times when you feel that the debutante could’ve given a truly satisfying culmination to a few stories.

Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. tells story of six married couples on a package honeymoon to Goa. The film opens with six couples, a guide, a driver and a handyman riding in a bus from Mumbai to Goa. The narrative humorously unfolds different stories that explore the nature of love and human relationships.

There is a Bengali couple with a conservative husband (Kay Kay Menon) and a raring-to-go wife (Raima Sen). There is a perfect Parsi couple (Abhay Deol – Minissha Lamba) who are always in sync with each other and never ever catch up a fight. A Gujarati duo flawlessly named Hitesh (Ranvir) and Shilpa (Dia Mirza) forms the imperfect couple. Then there is an NRI Richie (Vikram Chatwal) married to a Bambaiyya girl (Sandhya Mridul). A college lovebird duo (Amisha Patel – Karan Khanna) and an elderly couple (Boman Irani – Shabana Azmi) complete the dozen honeymooners.

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This film must have looked way more appealing in the script than it ever manages to do during its entire running time. Most of the above-stated characteristics of the couples are pretty much the only characteristics exhibited during the entire film. No major character development is achieved that could help the audience fall in love with any of them.

The secrets, as and when they are revealed, do very little to further the plot or the action. Everything happens, nothing evolves. There is a fantasy element to one of the couple’s stories that comes off as so far-fetched that it makes the whole exercise laughable rather than genuinely funny. With the marked exception of Kay Kay, none of the other cast members are playing against type and it shows in the fact that the audience will be left feeling like they’ve seen it all before, and done better.

It is not that ‘Honeymoon Travels’ is a bad film. It only tries to put its foot in many shoes at the same time. For one, it desperately tries to make you laugh in some portions, but with minimal results. Even the film’s music by Vishal-Shekhar is just about okay.

HTPL ends up being just another passable movie, and nothing more than that period.

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