Movie Review: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

“Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” is a typical Luv Ranjan genre of film which seems like an extension of his previous outing “Pyar ka Punchnama” 1 & 2, wherein the men are the victims and the women are the scheming lot. Well what is different about this movie is the heightened bromance which was otherwise subtle in the previous movies.

The story of SKTKS is of Sonu and Titu who are childhood buddies. Titu is a emotional sucker who leans on Sonu whenever he breaks up with SKTKS reviewhis girlfriends, and Sonu always protects Titu. Problem starts when Titu decides to go for an arranged marriage with Sweety, who seems too good to be true. Sonu has his suspicion about Sweety, and he goes all out to expose Sweety, and Sweety challenges Sonu that he cannot break her alliance with Titu. The rest of the story consists of the one upmanship of Sweety and Sonu.

Written by Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody, from the word go it is an anti feminist movie. Every sequence makes it a point to show women to low light and as Sonu says that women are only for one thing that is sex, the premise justifies the same. The good news is that the characters are relatable and you can connect with them instantly. The sequence of one upmanship between Sonu and Sweety seem funny initially but as the movie progresses it seems repeated, but thanks to the smart and witty dialogues you do not feel bored even for a second. Where the screenplay falters is the half baked characters especially of Sweety, wherein till the end you never come to know her real motive to marry Titu and why is she portrayed as cunning by Sonu. Titu’s character is too naive to be true and his decision in the climax does not hold too well and looks forced. Overall like his previous movies Luv Ranjan keeps the premise relatable but stretches the screenplay a bit and looks too biased. But the entertainment quotient is intact and there is never a dull moment in the movie.

Performances are the highlight of the movie. Kartik Aaryan as Sonu steals the show with his earnest performance; I just wonder why Bollywood has not given him more chances that he deserves. Nushrat Barucha as Sweety had an uphill task to convincingly portray a character which was half baked. But she shines with flying colours and does a brilliant job as the conniving Sweety, another underutilized actor. The weakest link in the trio is Sunny Singh who the ultra naive Titu, he seems somehow sleep walking through his role; even during the sequences when he is supposed to be angry he does not look convincing. It is Alok Nath as Ghasitalal, Titu’s grandfather who steals the show in every frame that he is in. Ghasitalal is far from the Sanskari characters that Alok Nath has played in Sooraj Barjatya movies. But it seems the actor was enjoying every bit of the boozing cursing grandfather, that you enjoy it as well. To support Alok Nath is Virendra Saxena who plays Ghasitalal’s best buddy Lalu Kaka, the combination of these two actors strikes the right chord for the audience to enjoy their camaraderie. Rest of the cast like Ayesha Raza, Deepika Amin, Ishista Raj Sharma, Madumalti Kapoor and Pritam Jaiswal do a good job as supporting actors.

The Music of the movie is nothing to write home about, it is rehash of old Honey Singh and other Punjabi Songs but hardly impressive. The lyrics by a list of lyricist are bad to atrocious, what will you say about lyrics which go by “Bom Diggy Diggy” by Zack Knight.

Luv Ranjan has created a niche for himself and SKTKS consolidates his place. Though the script and screenplay is full of flaws but it is the performances of the ensemble cast especially of Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Barucha that makes SKTKS a must watch I will go with 3 stars.

Movie Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Movie Review : Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2

Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2: This Punchnama is Old wine in a New Bottle

In 2011 when “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” released nobody had any expectations, as it had a brand new cast and a debut director Luv Ranjan….but it became a sleeper hit only because of a strong script, spunky dialogues and a good performances by the cast….
But now the expectations are really high for its sequel… which again tells us the story of 3 friends Anshul a.k.a Gogo (Kartik Aaryan ), Sidharth a.k.a Chauka (Sunny Singh Nijjar) and Tarun a.k.a Thakur (Omkar Kapoor). All three friends fall in love and what price they pay for falling in love is what the movie is all about…

Luv Ranjan’s story in the sequel follows the same concept and track as in the first instalment, and so is the screenplay by Luv Ranjan, Rahul PKP2 Movie ReviewMody & Tarun Jain. There is nothing new in the screenplay and neither does it go beyond the issues shown in the prequel. But still the first half is breezy and entertaining. It is the second half where the plots becomes a drag, especially the Krabi sequence was totally unwanted for, excluding the song there was nothing that was worthwhile. Another issue with the movie is the run time; it could have been easily 15 to 20 mins short. The pre climax sequences are too random and lack cohesiveness. It is the dialogues which creates the impact and overshadows the flaws in the screenplay. It is extremely funny and entertaining at the same time. It won’t be an understatement to say that the dialogues are the real hero of the movie…

There are a few performances which stand out in this movie, Kartik Aaryan as Anshul repeats his act from the prequel with nothing new to offer. In this movie also he is given a monologue about relationships, which is again the highlight as the prequel, and Kartik does not disappoint this time as well in the sequence. Sunny Singh Nijjar as Sidharth is the best amongst the three actors; whenever he is on screen he overshadows other actors completely. Rather I must mention Sunny’s is the best performance of the movie. Omkar Kapoor as Tarun though does well but looks quite restrained in his performance as if he is holding back. As a child artist Omkar was quite natural but the same spark could not be seen in his first matured role. The girls are repeated from the prequel, amongst the girls Nushrat Barucha as Chiku hams nonstop and you feel she has verbal diarrhoea. Sonalli Seygall as Supriya does a good job though her glamour quotient is what is showcased more in the movie. Ishita Sharma as Kusum is the best amongst the female leads, she does absolute justice of an ambitious, opportunist female well… Rest of the support cast do a good job… Overall the performances by the cast were good excluding Nushrat Barucha’s….

The music is one of the weak points of the movie, though there are few music directors who have scored the music like Sharib-Toshi & Hitesh Sonik, but none of the songs could create any impact…..

Luv Ranjan’s direction is good but unfortunately he fails to deliver anything new, but it is the dialogues and the performances which save the day for him and makes the movie worth a watch…I would go with 3 stars….

Movie Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)