What's the use of publicizing the 10 or 12 odd kisses that the lead pair share in this film, when you do not look at the film in its entirety? The little publicity that has come this film's way before its release only sent signals of it being some sort of a sleaze fare. This may be the reason why the public is keeping away. Moreover, the lead pair of Randeep Hooda and Shahana Goswami are no big stars. If you look at it in that respect, the publicists are right in creating a 'negative' buzz for a positive result. But what the think-tank failed to understand and see is that this here is a good film and the kisses are an integral part of the film. It's a beautiful relationship that Nikhil (Randeep) and Tara (Shahana) share. The kisses, too, are appropriately filmed. No awkward moments between the two and it just goes with the flow, without once making you squirm in your seat. Such marvelous chemistry between the two.
Randeep and Shahana are both brilliant actors who do justice to their part. Randeep has proved himself with his earlier films, while after ROCK ON, Shahana goes on to show that 'Debbie' was no fluke. She's such a natural that as a film lover you are impressed with the talent. It's a film everyone in love would want to watch.
Agreed, it's a take-off on the Hollywood flick IF ONLY. But it's done beautifully. For those who have not watched the original, this is a good time to catch the desi version. Till the intermission, Randeep's character and his relationship with Shahana is spelt out on screen. At the break comes a surprise, which then never leaves your side until the end. There is a change in Randeep, which takes Shahana by surprise. The two have been sharing a 'live-in' relationship for two years. While Shahana wants to marry, Randeep is afraid of a commitment. Post interval, everything changes.
The romantic moments are simply awesome; their fights, making-up, complete understanding of each other. Shahana has put herself in the race for a few awards in the coming year. I mentioned in my ROCK ON review that her performance is addictive; she cements my faith in her performance with another applause-worthy act. As for Hooda, he is slated for big time. Like Arjun Rampal, I believe his time will come, too.
It's a very decent fare. Director Arjun Bali has managed to keep the viewer involved until the very end.