Fri, 03 Jul 2009 10:24:52 GMT

Review: 'Kambakkht Ishq'

Bizarre has a new meaning and it's called 'Kambakkht Ishq'.


Review of Kambakkht Ishq

Of late, Akshay Kumar has earned the reputation of making you laugh in film after film. You expect 'Kambakkht Ishq', his new outing, to transport you to ha-ha-land, given the smart-n-chic promos of the film.

'Kambakkht Ishq' belongs to the same family of films which have wooed the masses, such as 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi', 'Welcome', 'Singh Is Kinng' and 'Golmaal Returns'. The prime motive is to entertain you for the next 2 hours, logic be damned.

Yet, 'Kambakkht Ishq' is different because it depicts the battle of the sexes, a theme that's rarely depicted on the Hindi screen. The lingo is poles apart, so is the attitude. In fact, this is a modern take on relationships, with the two hours divided between laughter and emotions, frivolous and reality.

Let's get this straight. 'Kambakkht Ishq' works in most parts thanks to the kind of star power and energy that the two actors pack in -- Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor. It would've been difficult to hold the film from falling apart had the two actors not been competent enough to carry off their respective parts. Also, the presence of Hollywood stars -- Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh and Denise Richards -- the first on the Hindi screen, is an added bonus. 1 pe 2 ka offer; Bollywood stars ke saath Hollywood free!

The focus is on the entertainment quotient. There are moments when you laugh so uncontrollably that it gets embarrassing and there are times when you continue smiling, even during the most ordinary scenes.

But 'Kambakkht Ishq' dips in its second hour because you expect it to be as frivolous as the first hour, but it changes tracks and gets emotional. Things would've gone wrong had the end stumbled and fumbled, but it doesn't. The finale, in fact, takes the film back to the level that one expects from a film of this magnitude.

To sum up, 'Kambakkht Ishq' offers you value for time and also, value for money. It offers loads of entertainment in those 2 + hours, loads of glamour in those 130 odd minutes, from start to end. Sure, there are blemishes, but they're trivial when you look at the larger picture.

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