I watched it! Out of curiosity after I got super mixed reports from y’all. If you like light silly farcical rom-coms made on the cheap with up and down quality, then you will enjoy this movie, whether or not you Spoil yourself here. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. And if you don’t like them (especially with a flawed hero character), then you can still spoil yourself!
Whole plot in two paragraphs:
Our hero Vikrant Massay is a sweet boy who is eager to get married, partly because he wants to be married, partly because his father promised to give him the family hardware store to turn into a restaurant once he was married. Our heroine Yami Gautam is a tough woman who is not interested in getting married, partly because her officially-ex boyfriend is still hanging around and confusing her, partly because she just isn’t interested in marriage. Her mother Ayesha Raza Mishra is a matchmaker, which is the fun part. Vikrant’s Dad goes to her after Vikrant sees Yami at a wedding (he had a crush on her when they were kids). She meets Vikrant and likes him but knows Yami will never agree to someone she suggests. So she helps Vikrant keep bumping into Yami. They can’t quite click, until Vikrant expresses concern to Ayesha about the whole plan and gives up on it (after seeing Yami with her ex), and then when he backs off, Yami approaches him. They become friends, he is part of her group, finally going with her on a long planned trip to Mussoorie, where he proposes. She is about to accept when her ex appears and proposes too!!! INTERVAL
In the second half, Vikrant yells at Ayesha for leading him own, then yells at Yami and gives her an ultimatum to make a decision on what she wants. She finally tells her boyfriend she doesn’t want him any more, then goes to Vikrant and invites him over to her house that night to meet her mother. But the boyfriend, uninvited, shows up at the house. Yami calls Vikrant to cancel. Vikrant learns the boyfriend is there and shows up, also uninvited, to threaten him. Yami throws both boys out. Vikrant then agrees to marry someone else his parents have found for him. In one final attempt to get Yami together with Vikrant, Ayesha dares her to go to the wedding and show just how little she cares. Yami befriends Vikrant’s fiancee Isha Talwar and is the life of the party. Vikrant leaves the wedding to take her out on her birthday, which wins her over. Yami and Vikrant go to the bride’s father to explain, he refuses to accept Vikrant’s decision and manhandles him to the wedding pavilion, but of course the bride and Yami have switched places. It comes out during the ceremony, and the bride comes out to give a speech about how she doesn’t want to marry someone who doesn’t want her. Ayesha promises to find her a great match. And that’s the HAPPY ENDING.
So first half, great! Tiptoes right up to the edge of being offensive with our eager to marry hero lying to the heroine, but doesn’t cross it. Vikrant isn’t eager to marry Yami because she is sexy or rich or anything like that, it isn’t even love at first sight, he knows her from the neighborhood and sincerely likes her and wants to marry her for herself. And he isn’t lying to her, exactly, her Mom is just helping them bump into each other a lot, nothing more than that. Most importantly, they don’t start vibing for real-real until after he has told Ayesha off, said this is uncomfortable, he didn’t know Yami had an ex hanging around, all of it is wrong. Only then, completely without planning, do they run into each other again and Yami invites him out for a meal. Lovely construction, if you are looking for it you can see that there is a little through line of the parental involvement actually being a bad thing. Everything Ayesha tells him to try backfires, but just being himself and letting Yami decide, works.
Second half, WHAT THE HECK?!?!?! The central conflict of the film until now is that Vikrant is shy and Yami is confused about her boyfriend. And then suddenly it turns into Vikrant as this super macho judgey type who gives ultimatums and bursts into rooms and drives Yami away. And then rushes into an engagement, EVEN THOUGH the whole first half was about him realizing arranged engagement isn’t what he wants!!! After everything, at Vikrant’s wedding it resets to Yami and Vikrant as good friends and not romantic as though everything since the interval hadn’t happened.
Usually with these cheap type films it feels like the plot is too thin, like they ran out of money before the final twist. This time, maybe they had too much money? Maybe they were pushed to make it to 2 hours? Anyway, everything from the interval to the wedding makes no sense and ultimately doesn’t matter. What would make sense is to have our shy sweet hero walk away when Yami seemingly loses interest and return to his position as her supportive friend. To have the parents force him into an engagement and him go along with it, meanwhile Yami realize she doesn’t want the boyfriend after all, and then go to his wedding to break it up. That fits! And returns to the central conflict we saw with these characters at the start, he wants a quick traditional arranged marriage, she wants a love match. And in the end they meet in the middle with their arranged/love.
Instead we get the hero suddenly turning into this crazily confident demanding macho type! Where did that come from? It’s like aliens replaced him between the first and second half. It’s not just that the second half hero is a big old judgmental jerkface (complains to Ayesha that Yami smokes pot), it’s just poor writing because he changes to a totally different person. There’s no character continuity. Yami suffers a little too, goes from a wild fun sassy girl in the first half, to one who can’t make up her own mind and is worried about hurting feelings. And then they go back again just as fast! Sweet Vikrant reappears and takes Yami for a birthday surprise, sassy Yami reappears and demands he leave his wedding.
It’s just very odd. Not sure if someone came along and said “this script doesn’t work, you have to make the hero macho”, or if they just had no imagination and went to macho misunderstandings as an easy way to kill 20 minutes before the ending. But why throw it in when it doesn’t fit the rest of the film at all?
Oh, and the other super odd part, they redeem the ex-boyfriend in a way that ends up making him more worthwhile than the hero! Why would you do that with the “bad guy” and not the “good guy”? The ex really is a bad guy, keeps texting and hanging out with her and sending mixed signals while also wanting to break up because she didn’t want to get married. Rich kid, living off his parents, that too. Then of course changes his mind and proposes as soon as she looks interested in anyone else, won’t accept it when she says no, and even brings his parents to her house! But then is redeemed because he listens and accepts it when she says “no” again. Goes beyond redemption to “hey, this is a good guy” when he approaches her again to apologize, for playing mind games, for proposing out of insecurity, and for not accepting her “no”. But, see, Vikrant did a lot of that too! But he never apologizes! Or owns up to doing anything wrong! If the writers could see that the ex should apologize, why couldn’t they see that with Vikrant.
I don’t know, it’s just a mish-mosh mess. Lots of very pleasant things and happiness, and some very weird character decisions in the middle.