Movie Review: AkaashVani (2013)
His directorial debut, PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, was a revitalizing take on romance. A satire on the affairs of heart. The story of three friends and the tumultuous relationships they share with the women in their lives, PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA was lapped up for its spanking new concept, straight out of life situations, witty one-liners and crackling hilarity. Director Luv Ranjan endeavors a contrast in AKAASHVANI, his second outing.
From its trailer clips, it’s palpable that AKAASHVANI too fits in the romantic variety, a genre that’s beaten to death by the dream merchants in Mumbai. But Luv Ranjan assures that AKAASHVANI does not veer into the banal and repetitive zone, does not become just an additional love yarn to hit the Hindi screen. Sure, it’s about a good looking pair and the ups and downs in their lives. But what you carry home, besides this loveable pair, are some incredible moments that arouse myriad emotions as you partake in Akaash and Vani’s journey. This in itself is the strength of this endeavor!
Like PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, AKAASHVANI also has a bond with realism. It’s about the present times. It communicates the contemporary lingo. Yet, it has the old world charisma that still makes you go weak in your knees. It has shades of everything, from fidelity and commitment to resentment and mistrust to anguish and betrayal. Handled most efficiently, with several authoritative moments, AKAASHVANI is, without doubt, a delicate love story that triumphs.
With PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, Luv Ranjan demonstrated he’s a commendable storyteller. With AKAASHVANI, he only seals it furthermore!
In three years, Akaash & Vani become companions not only in the important things of life but also in the most stupid, mundane, irrational parts of each other’s life. But as college ends, they have to separate and when this separation reaches a point where it seems their destiny is to get each other back against the will of their families, society and their own dilemmas. The journey of Akaash & Vani’s struggle to find each other once again in the world they first met is the story of AkaashVani.