Pyaar Ka Punchnama Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:53.7670000 IST


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New bunch of actors, team of promising composers, and a set of reliable singers with first-time director, all packed in one unit to deliver out a funky punch of entertainment, which is humorously titled PYAR KA PUNCHNAMA (meaning "post-mortem of love").

In the cadre of most bankable genre (youth-centric rom-com), this low profile laugh riot makes its presence with almost nil expectations and mediocre promotion. Clinton Cerejo, a reliable singer for years in Bollywood makes his formidable presense as composer along with promising Hitesh Sonik, Ad Boys and director Luv Ranjan as co-composers for this album.

Against all odds and expectations, recently released F.A.L.T.U was a musical success and hopes are pinned on this boyishly toned rom-com too. Does the musical power of all these aspiring composers have sufficient "punch" to make PYAR KA PUNCHNAMA as another surprising musical hit of this year? Let's get started to find its musical facts right by plugging "play" button...

Feel of companionship, bundles of masti and frolic of carefree life, all combine together in bedlam of snazzy rock musical maneuvers to deliver out a package of amusement in highly entertaining "Life Sahi Hi". Like immensely "yuppie" sounding "Hai Junnon" (NEW YORK (2009) and "Jaane Kyun" (DOSTANA -2008), it packs up all the upbeat melodic spicy tinge of fetish Hollywood's rom-com's in thriving out feel of impish boy-bonding. To the listeners delight, this grooming-brooding composition has the perfect conglomerate of A-list singers like KK, Vishal Dadlani, Benny Dayal and upcoming Sidd Coutto in delivering out craziness of enthused boyhood. Clinton Cerejo graduates prosperously from vocalist to composer, by conceiving out a delightful signature tuneful impact ("Ho-ho-ho...) blended with perfect uber-cool rock arrangements that are fuelled with wild distorted guitar riffs and jamming that collides aggressively with racy percussions and passionate voices. Director cum lyricist Luv Ranjan's youthfully mischievous one-liners try to be enterprising but sounds roguish at times. KK excels to the maximum in his outrageously peppy singing, followed with Vishal and Benny's infectious back-up supports while Sidd Coutto's fervent English wording give it a classic rock number feel. It's indeed a surprising five minutes package that should lure urbane listeners. Peppy!!!

Sauntering with romantic emotions in almost "unplugged" version, impressive Suraj Jagan's enlightening vocals makes breezy concoction of sentimentalism with archetypical rock exploits in "cool" sounding "Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai". Upcoming Hitesh Sonik plays experimental as well as judgmental in inundating out it in soft "unplugged" version and delivers out a likable situational romantic background score. On contrary, "Koi Aa Raha Paas Hai (revisited)" by Clinton Cerejo, a contemporary sounding soft-rock composition, brings out a feel of smoldering hot love-relationship in infectious Sonu Nigam's vocals. It shapes more in Indi-pop styling of work, Sonu revisiting his "Deewana" (Album-Deewana) with back up supports of sleek sounding Rachael D'souza and appealing Neuman Pinto voices. Despite some fine singing and amiable romantic feel, this Clinton's composition sounds contemporary and repetitive but still is a decent addition in the credits of the album.



The music by Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Sonik, Luv Ranjan and Ad Boys goes well with the film with Baanware being the best song. Akiv Ali's editing is okay. Sudhir K Chaudhary's cinematography is good. The dialogues follow the lingo of today's youngsters.

Kartikeya Tiwari is decent. Vikrant delivers a very restrained performance. Divyendu Sharma is excellent. Among the girls, Nushrat Bharucha is the best. She delivers a confident performance. Sonalli Sehgal looks great but is pretty ordinary when it comes to acting. Ishita Sharma is passable.

PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA is inconsistent and lacks ?punch'.

Rating: 2/5


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It seems anti-rom-coms are taking Bollywood by storm. LUV KA THE END released a few days back and this week it's PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA. We're sure it's tag line - Come...fall out of love, won't make Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar and the likes very happy.

First things first. The promos of PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA gave the impression that it's a sex comedy. But it isn't. It's about relationships. While watching the film, one is also reminded of Madhur Bhandarkar's DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI, which released early this year.
The film traces the life of three friends - Rajat (Kartikeya Tiwari), Vikrant (Raayo Bhakhirta) and Nishant aka Liquid (Divyendu Sharma), who are desperate to get girlfriends. Their wishes are answered soon. Rajat meets Neha (Nushrat Bharucha) and soon gets in a live-in relationship with her. Vikrant falls for hottie Riya (Sonalli Sehgal), who still can't get over her ex-boyfriend. Liquid is smitten by his new manipulative colleague Charu (Ishita Sharma), who uses him to get her office work done. As time passes, the relationships of all the tree couples starts getting from bad to worse. Will they hold on is what forms the rest of the story.

The film is an anti-rom-com and director Luv Ranjan rightly doesn't waste much time in establishing the romance between the characters. The initial few minutes of the film are fresh and enjoyable. The problem in the film arises when the couples start facing problems in their respective relationships. All the tracks drag to no end. While the first half is still bearable, the second half just goes on and on. The best part of the second half, infact the entire film, is the 5-minute-long hilarious monologue by Rajat. He perhaps echoes the thoughts of each and every boy who's in a relationship.

Many of the things shown in the film are real are relatable. But they get very monotonous and boring as a viewer. The graph of the film oscillates from being very funny to very clumsy. The film needed to be much shorter, which would have helped it immensely.




The music by Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Sonik, Luv Ranjan and Ad Boys goes well with the film with Baanware being the best song. Akiv Ali's editing is okay. Sudhir K Chaudhary's cinematography is good. The dialogues follow the lingo of today's youngsters.

Kartikeya Tiwari is decent. Vikrant delivers a very restrained performance. Divyendu Sharma is excellent. Among the girls, Nushrat Bharucha is the best. She delivers a confident performance. Sonalli Sehgal looks great but is pretty ordinary when it comes to acting. Ishita Sharma is passable.

PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA is inconsistent and lacks ?punch'.

Rating: 2/5

Rating 2/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonalli Sehgal and Nushrat Bharucha
  • Lyrics: Luv Ranjan
  • Director: Luv Ranjan
  • Music Director: Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Sonik, Luv Ranjan and Ad Boys