Shoot, I was gonna be lazy and repost a review, and then I discovered I never actually reviewed this film. Oh well, I can still be kind of lazy, at least I don’t have to rewatch it, I’ve seen it enough to review it fine without a refresher.
This is not a great movie. But boy is it entertaining! Uday Chopra is cute and in glasses, Priyanka has a great haircut and truly ridiculous costumes (I have never worn an overall romper to a business meeting, just saying), and the child actress isn’t bad. Plus, Singapore looks great. And the plot is really silly, but also kind of holds together more than you would expect. Best of all, Uday’s character’s nickname is “Froggy”, which just confirms what I have thought since the dawn of time, Uday Chopra Looks Like a Frog.
It wasn’t a hit when it came out, but I liked it even back then. And as time has gone on, I have come to feel warmer and warmer towards this sweet little movie. We have fewer and fewer nice little love stories, and the few that we get are of lessor and lessor quality. This movie is well-made in terms of costumes, sets, and so on. And the cast too, it wasn’t an all star cast, Priyanka was the biggest name and she wasn’t that big back in 2010. But Dino Morea wasn’t nothing, nor was Uday, and Anupam Kher was there too. There are only a few songs, but they are super catchy. And the plot doesn’t feel rushed, or cut short at the end (the biggest issue with modern rom-coms, it feels like). It’s just a nice solid little movie, and that has become rarer and rare in the romance genre.
It also has an okay message. It’s a beauty-and-the-nerd romance, but there are some nice twists along the way. Our heroine is a single mother, for one thing, that’s new! And not a noble perfect single mother, but a struggling one who makes mistakes. And our nerd hero never gets a real make-over, he’s sweet and kind of cute at the start, but also believably someone who would be overlooked. And that’s how he ends it as well. Plus, while it comes close to a “stalking” romance, it never really crosses that line, it is more about bad timing and misunderstandings.
Our hero is close to his father and concerned with what he thinks, our heroine seems to be estranged from her family but it isn’t a major plot point. Our hero is a genius, but not a saving-the-world kind of genius, just a computer software writer. Oh, and our heroine is concerned with doing well at and progressing in her job! Just lots of stuff that isn’t what you would expect.
And it all ends with an adorable children’s school concert and a song that will be stuck in your head until the end of time. Lots of reasons to watch it!
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It’s a deceptively simple plot. Back in college, Uday had a crush on Priyanka. Years later, he finds out she is working in Singapore, coincidentally for the same company that is stealing Uday’s software. Uday goes to her house to talk to her and she mistakes him for the nanny sent by her agency. Uday ends up taking the job by accident. At the same time he is getting closer to PC by working in her house and caring for her daughter, he is also investigating Dino Morea who stole his software and is selling it to PC’s company. To add to the challenge, Dino Morea is also romancing PC. At the end, Priyanka finds out he has been lying and doesn’t trust him. But it works out because he taught her daughter’s classmates to sing a song about their college romance and PC realizes he is pure of heart and truly loves her, and also that he is probably telling the truth about the software.
Let’s go back to that college time for a bit. Uday has a crush on PC, that’s normal. He is too shy to talk to her, that’s normal too. But he doesn’t stalk her, he isn’t following her around or anything, just watching her as normal college life brings them into the same vicinity. And then, bit important part, he happens to be there to see her (drunk) fall into a lake. He jumps in and saves her and she feels something for him, but then her friends show up and whisk her away. Uday comes to her room the next day to give her flowers but it is too late, her father is taking her out of college and forcing her to get married. Uday leaves the flowers and goes away, PC finds them and wonders where they came from.
The film needs the basic structure of Uday having a crush and PC not remembering him. But it does as much as it can within that structure to show that Uday really is the one PC is supposed to be with. She didn’t notice him until he saved her life, and as soon as he did, she was interested. Even the flowers the next day, she felt something just picking them up. But because she was drunk, and hit her head, and because Uday was too shy to tell his story when he met her again, their romance was difficult and Uday was forced to tricks. The ending is what makes it work of course, as soon as PC sees the school show and understands that Uday was the boy from college, she is all in on him and 100% in love. So Uday was right, PC was meant to be with him and it was just a matter of making sure it worked out.
It would be a better movie if Uday and PC had any kind of real chemistry together, but you can’t have everything. Uday and PC’s daughter have great chemistry, so that is good (she is the one who names him “Froggy”). And Uday is a really great character. Sweet and trusting, but also very very smart. He figures out who stole the software and how to get it back, he figures out how to handle being PC’s nanny (just hire cleaners and cooks), and he figures out how to manouver to make sure Dino isn’t alone with PC. Best of all, he has no moves or schemes to get together with PC. He is just there, ready to have a cup of tea with her and talk honestly about his life.
It would also be great of PC lived up to the unusual nature of her character, but she is good enough. Here we have a wild college girl who was forced into an unhappy marriage, ended up abandoned by both her family and her husband with a daughter to raise, got a job and now is torn between her work responsibilities that keep a roof over their head and her daughter’s desire for her to stay home and be with her. It’s a fascinating character story, we can fill in all the rest how her family never liked her confident personality which is why she went so wild in college. How her father forced her out of college and into marriage with a man who didn’t understand or appreciate the real her. How her rebellion and confidence is what kept her going after her husband left her. Heck, this is Kajol’s backstory in My Name is Khan! Only in MNIK, Kajol put in the layers to her performance that made us feel her hardwon confidence and independence, and the wounds that were still hidden underneath. In this film, we have to just believe this is the case based on what the script is saying. But okay, at least the script is saying that! That’s really interesting, making our heroine still the perfect impossible girl for the hero instead of an object of pity thanks to her daughter and her divorce.
So, yeah! It’s a cute cute movie with a pleasant love story, a likable hero, and PC looking pretty. You should watch it! Even if I am the only person who remembers it came out in 2010 and included it on her 2010 list!