Movie Review : Kucch Luv Jaisaa (2011)
It seems a bit pointless now, the idea that actor Shifaali Shah actually went and spent a day in jail with real criminals to get a feel of what it is like to be in the company of crooks and thugs while preparing for her role in ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’. The exercise seems futile now because Rahul Bose’s Raghav, the ‘criminal’ that Shah’s bored housewife Madhu hangs out with, in the film, behaves more like an edgy yuppie than the hardened felon his character is supposed to be.
Vipul Shah’s latest, ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’, directed by debutante Barnali Ray Shukla, is a film balanced precariously; where on one hand, it stars two gifted actors, Shifaali and Rahul, in lead roles, on the other, the meandering story and weak script, coupled with extremely sketchy characterisations, mean the film never really picks up steam, and consequently, doesn’t quite hold onto the audience’s interest.
Most of the film deals with Shifaali’s Madhu looking for some excitement in her life on her birthday, feeling forgotten by her husband, Shravan, played by Sumeet Raghavan, who is too caught up in work to remember the big day, 29th February, even though it comes once in four years. Riled, Madhu leaves home to embark on a day long adventure around the city. She teams up with Bose’s Raghav, who she runs into at a restaurant and thinks is a private detective hot on the trail of his target.
In reality though, Raghav is a forgery artist on the run from the police, having been outed by his beloved girlfriend, a wannabe actress he was going to propose to. The two bond over the course of the day, learning something about themselves as individuals and finding a new attitude towards life at the end of it all.