Sugary sweet romance and too much straightforwardness runs through their veins I guess! Sooraj Barjaty’s niece, Vidhi Kasliwal, very well tags along with the usual Rajshri tradition of making films that talk all about pyaar, bholapan, sadgi, sanskar, significance of shaadi, mata-pita ka aadar and what not. Just everything an ‘ideal’ guy or a girl does or should do!
After belting out recent films like Vivaah and Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi, Rajshri Productions is back with a typical Indian family saga – jam packed with emotions, sacrifice, culture and traditions – to pull the strings of your heart.
We might seem to be modern urbanites for the outside but from within many of us yet believe in the age-old traditions set by our ancestors. With family-oriented stories gradually disappearing from the Bollywood map, this whole new bunch of debutants here enliven the essence of family ties.
Vivaan (Akshay Oberoi) is a young guy in Mumbai whose father wanted him to have a defined life over an unconventional aspiration. But his life revolved only around college, DS (Dramatic Society) gang and theatre until he met Rajnandini. Rajnandini (Sandeepa Dhar) nicknamed RJ is a small-town girl with big dreams. She belongs to a family where the girls get married at a young age but she wants to follow her heart. Her liberal minded mom Pratibha (Prachee Shah) gives wings to her dreams and sends her to Mumbai, at her masi’s place for her further studies.
Here she meets Vivaan the chairperson of the Dramatic Society and thus the story follows their journey to make their dreams come true and of course, on the way they fall in love. Vivaan makes RJ come out of her shell, realize her passions and chase her dreams.
Everything goes well till RJ’s dad Ravimohan (Mohnish Behl) arrives in Mumbai. He is shocked to see his daughter’s brand new avatar and just like every papa does; he takes RJ back to Ajmer and fixes up her marriage with a wealthy groom.
Since some time, the DS society had been preparing to perform the new version of Shakespeare’s play ‘Taming of the Shrew’ where Vivaan was playing Petruchio while RJ was his Kate. To bring back their Kate, Vivaan and his DS gang in ekdam filmy style land in RJ’s house and somehow succeed at winning hearts of every member of the family.
As expected ladkewale ask for a weighty dowry and this is what opens Ravimohan’s eyes. Daddy dearest finally calls off the wedding and do I need to say what comes next! Obviously ‘They happily lived ever after’!
The predictable script makes the audience feel dumb. Though Kasliwal says that the story very well reflects her college days, she could have tried tweaking the script a little to dish out a better end product. Today’s junta, especially the college-going youth of big cities might not be able to relate themselves to Vivaan or Rajnandini. The character of RJ exhibits excess amount sweetness such that she carries a smiling face throughout the 3-hour movie no matter what the situation is. Expressions add life to a character only when they flow out naturally. On her first day in college, when RJ seems shocked to see the urban culture, she seems as if she is struggling to get it right. Over portrayal of surprise, scariness, innocence, shyness and simplicity kills the beauty of the character. Though Akshay wasn’t at his best, he was decent enough.
Competing with a fresher like Ranveer Singh who made his debut with the hit film ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ is a tough nut to crack. So our debutants RJ and Vivaan still have to go a long way to make a mark themselves in Bollywood.
The film Isi Life Mein has given a whole lot of new entrants an opportunity to prove their mettle in showbiz. Again composed by beginners Meet Brothers and Anjjan, the music of the film is peppy and catchy. Lyricist Manoj Muntashir has roped in words associated to the present-day fads of the modern youth. The album consists of eight originals, one remix and one unplugged version but ‘Tere Pyaar Mein’ and ‘Isi Umar Mein’ are the only ones that are fortunate enough to be there in our play list.
Creating a film like Isi Life Mein is like serving an Indian Thali in aaj ka Italian and Lebanese ka zamana. So certainly not everyone is going to love the film but it might surely work for people who are still very Indian at heart and believe in the stereotypical style pyaar and mohabbat.
In case you do not wish to watch ‘Sheila’ in all her ‘Jawani’, you can go ahead and opt for the masaledar and mushy love saga Isi Life Mein this weekend.
Or else Sallu’s guest appearance in the film can also be a good enough bahana to convince your friend to come along and watch this flick with you.