Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Hate Luv Storys

Medium : Hindi
Starring : Imraan Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sameer Dattani

Director : Punit Malhotra

Music : Vishal - Sekhar, Salim - Sulaiman (bg score)

After the debut hit, 'Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Naa', Imraan Khan (bollywood star Amir Khan's nephew), didn't have any other notable projects in his credit. His last movies like 'Kidnap' and 'Luck' have not done well. His new movie 'I Hate Luv Storys' has got Sonam Kapoor (d/o Anil Kapoor, 'Saawariya', 'Delhi-6' fame) as the heroine. After 'Kaal', 'Dostana', 'Wake Up Sid' and 'Kurbaan', hit maker of love stories, director Karan Johar once again wears the suits of a producer. Mega banner UTV is the co-producer. This time, the writer-director here is a new comer named Punit Malhotra.

Jai (Imran Khan) is working as an assistant to the super hit director of love stories, Veer Kapoor
(Sameer Soni). As expected, the hero doesn't like the hindi movie love stories as all of them are having similar cliche situations. He meets Simran (Sonam Kapoor) at a theater while watching a movie, he argued with her as she is a great fan of love subjects. Simran is working as the art director for Veer's new project. Jai is shifted to her department as an assistant. Simran is being engaged to Raj (Sameer Dattani, 'Monalisa'(k), 'Corporate'(h) and 'Kutty'(t) fame), an investment banker. She is irritated due to Jai's attitude and one stage there happens an exchange of words between the two. As in every love stories, her hatred is transformed into love with the hero later. When the shooting of the new movie comes to an end, both of them are loving each other, though the hero refused to accept it. How he wins the love is what told in the climax of 'I Hate Luv Storys'.

In the very first moment when both the characters are introduced, we are able to know what will
be happening between them in the later portions. The theme used here (excluding the disagreement in love matters), has got the flavour of tamil movie 'Vaseegara' (by Vijay and Sneha). That movie justified the change in attitude of the heroine character by showing the lovable character of the hero, but here we can't witness such a thing. The phone call episode between the hero and mother might be adapted from 'Dil Chahtha Hai', but it is not done in the best way. The second half is lagging here and there. Though the hero is shown as an enemy of love stories, here also the climax is filled with the same situations as every love subjects have.

Imraan Khan and Sonam Kapoor did well in the lead roles. Cinematography by Ayananka Bose ('Dostana', 'Kites' fame) is colorful. Songs by Vishal - Sekhar will goes with the mood, bg score by Salim - Sulaiman is good. New comer Punit Malhotra has created attention by selecting such a theme and title for his debut movie.

The boldness of the producer Karan Johar to criticize his own movies and make a spoof on
the romantic situations from them, should be appreciated.

The title 'I Hate Luv Storys' is different; but it cannot be categorized as an unusual bollywood movie, as the love formula used here ends up in an expected way only (it felt like they are justifying the love stories done by them in the past).

Rating : 6.5 / 10

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