A leucoderma affected girl enters a café to meet her blind date. The immortal ‘Tum aa gaye ho, noor aa gaya hai’ plays in the background. A popular RJ who has just delivered lines inspired from Faiz Ahmad Faiz poetry prefers to be within himself. He likes the company of a stray dog. Dog – the world’s most faithful animal are having a blast this Friday.
Anyways, A leucoderma affected girl but full of life who goes on blind dates with guys who don’t post their profile pictures, a popular RJ who prefers to be recluse, the premise of Onir’s KUCHH BHEEGE ALFAAZ is unusual and is laced with poetic tones.
The inclusion of melodies like ‘Tum Aaa gaye ho’ , ‘Pehla Nasha’ gives it an unexpected nostalgic tweak but in spite of all the poetic touch and nostalgic feeling, the rom com fails to elevate itself with the healing call love. It has a mind, a body, a face, a voice but no soul.
In Kolkata, a night radio jockey RJ Alfaaz (debutant Zain Khan Durrani) accidently receives a call from a social media creative professional Archana (Geetanjali Thapa). Archana is already in awe of RJ Alfaaz’s voice and shayari. They chat, exchange emoji’s, but what makes you wonder is why Archana is not able to recognize the voice of her favourite RJ when she talks to him on phone. Anyways, Onir tries to create two different worlds in KUCHH BHEEGE ALFAAZ, the one of RJ Alfaaz is poetic, aloof with a hidden remorse. The world of Archana is free willing, occupied with the current world of social media and WhatsApp forwards.
Artistic anonymity, the philosophy of a joker, the ubiquity of social media forwards all pop up but it doesn’t support the core narrative. Interesting characters like the lonely aged shopkeeper, the new team member in Archana’s office who had a terrible date with Archana before, Archana’s boss does differentiate this rom com from the usual ones. A cliché jealous friend of Archana, Apu Khandelwal (Shray Rai Tiwari) is also there to make the balance. Apu is the typical boy who is more interested in making Archana his girlfriend rather than remaining friends forever.
In between a sequence similar to fairy tales pops up. A school girl (Shefali Chauhan) in Shimla and the image of an elderly man played by Barun Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha's father in LOOTERA) flashes the screen. The connection in the end is sad and unfortunately adds more melancholy to the audience who are coping with the failed intimacy between the lead Archana and Alfaaz. A couple of funny moments and the overall charm of Geetanjali Thapa is the silver lining. Zain Khan Durrani is decent while Shray Tiwari and Alfaaz’s colleague are realistic.
The movie captures Kolkata in its true essence, KUCHH BHEEGE ALFAAZ has words, poetry, moments, a subtle silence in its aura but it lacks the soul.