Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011)
- Written by Deepak, Vaibhav Suman and Sumit Saxena
- Directed by Luv Ranjan
a popular dialog from Pyaar Ka Punchnama
Pyaar Ka Punchnama - Movie Highlights
With fresh blood comes in fresh ideas. And time and again this is proved when a film with newcomers succeeds. Also Bollywood is incomplete without love stories, but the same when done with known faces, it becomes predictable and with fresh faces it not only adds novelty but also brings in something new. The film may remind you of the cult American Comedy 'American Pie', or our own classic 'Dil Chahta Hai' and the most recent 'Dil Toh Bachha Hai Ji', but that's where the similarity (the rom-com) ends. 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama' belongs to the new genre of movies coming up in Bollywood completely made by young, talented newbies. It isn't ground-breaking or pioneering cinema, but definitely will leave an impact on you. When released it was highly successful among the youth audience and went on to weave a sequel 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2' which was also successful. Today when we look back, this is definitely one of the best films of its time which has a good repeat value even today.
Rajat (Kartik Aaryan), Nishant 'Liquid' Agarwal (Divyendu Sharma) and Vikrant Chaudhary (Raayo Bakhirta) are bachelors who live together in a flat in Noida. They are happy with their bachelor life beset with a life without girls but stuck in their boring jobs. They crave to add some spice into their lives. The three men are desperately trying to get into a relationship when they get bitten by love. The unfortunate Rajat soon finds one in Neha (Nushrat Bharucha). Nishant falls for Charu (Ishita Raj Sharma), his colleague and Vikrant loves Riya (Sonali Sehgall), a model. When they do get involved in relationships, things take a complicated turn. It is all so good and rosy till Rajat moves in to live with Neha. Charu has a boyfriend, Abhi, but they aren't on the best of terms. Even after knowing this, Liquid is in love with her who uses him for her financial needs and moral support and makes him do a good part of her own work in office. Charu likes him, but only as a friend. And Riya can't get over her boyfriend of 5 years, Varun and Vikrant aware of Riya's ex, doesn't mind waiting because he is besotted by Riya. While in relationship they begin to miss the guy bonding and their space and freedom. As days pass by, Neha becomes more and more demanding and refuses to give Rajat his space. He is frustrated but he is so madly in love with her that he tolerates all her tantrums. Nishant is also so blinded by his love for Charu that he can't see the obvious - that she is using him. Riya has not yet called off that relationship and keeps ignoring Vikrant. Charu starts to ignore Nishant and ends up eventually insulting him openly at work. Nishant goes into depression but is brought back to reality by his two friends. Rajat becomes so frustrated that he walks out on Neha. Vikrant finds out that Riya slept with her ex and leaves her. How they deal this chapter of their life forms the crux of the story?
Though 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama' belongs to the most common genre (rom - com), it still makes a decent impact because it is young at heart and contemporary. It is the story of three guys and the tumultuous relationships they share with the women in their lives. It shows the disastrous effects and consequences of love among the young people. The three love stories portrayed are very much near to reality, the likes of it happening in metro cities of India. It's a fresh take on love and relationships but in a satirical way. Everything that you see seems straight out of life-the premise, happenings and the lingo and the various situations are believable. It is amusing, witty, and sharp but does some serious talking as well. Laced with some crackling and witty one-liners, the lingo is straight out of life and the way the metropolitan youth communicate in their everyday tete-a-tete. It packs in a solid punch, with a couple of excellent scenes. One being the hilarious 5 minute monologue by Rajat on the various problems that occur during relationships that is probably a voice to every man's problem with women. The movie very well does the justice to its title. Movie is shot in a casual manner & first-time writer-director Luv Ranjan ensures to keep it as authentic as possible. The first half breeze along at a good pace, but the story stagnates in 2nd half. After interval, what had started off as a fun-filled comedy turns into a serious, tension-filled drama. Also the similarity in the love stories of Nishant and Vikrant makes it quite repetitive. The women in the movie are portrayed as villains and are completely one-dimensional. The lack of empathy and courtesy shown by the female characters seems unrealistic. If it were crisper, it would have been a lot more fun. 'Ban Gaya Kutta' and 'Ishq Na Kariyo Kaake' are the picks with the Kutta song being the best with its catchy beats and pretty much sums up the movie.
There is something really refreshing about films that cast actors who have not yet been tagged with an image. Here all actors are new faces and they inject fresh energy that adds novelty to the film. Everyone can identify with the characters for those are the ones we come across day in & day out in our lives. Kartik is good and his performance grows on you gradually. He's incredible during the final moments of the film. Raayo Bhakhirta makes an ordinary debut. But it is Divyendu Sharma who is the pick of the lot. He is supremely natural and the character of a frustrated IT professional played by him is simply outstanding. He is the show stealer. The camaraderie between the three guys is superb. Amongst the girls, it's Nushrat who walks away with a good role and a power-packed performance. She acts with admirable ease and impresses. Ishita is efficient, especially in the sequence where she lashes out at Divyendu. Sonali is perfect for her part.
If you can overlook the hiccups in the journey then it is a good time pass movie!