Director: Nupur Ashtana
Cast & Crew: Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D’Souza
Synopsis: If Rahul the rockstar has got the voice and the looks, Vishal, the writer has the brains. If Malvika, the fashion design student and biker chick can get heads turning with just her looks, Preity, the photographer, can say a million things with her pretty pictures. What Vishal and Preity can’t do, is spell it out to Malvika and Rahul that they heart them.
But ‘Liking’ someone on Facebook is a lot easier. And when you can’t make it on your own, the best thing to do is to fake it. So, Vishal becomes Rahul and Preity becomes Malvika by taking their identities online and they start fraaandshipping each other. They chat, ‘like’, tag and LOL together and do a great job of pretending to be someone else. But, the question remains, how long can you fake true love?
Review: First off, a fantastically thought of concept by the makers of this Gen-Y film. Who would have thought that social networking sites would gain such prominence in our lives. "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge", the freshest offering from the Y-films basket is youth-centric and is a peek into the Y-generation’s altered social life. ‘Tis all about Facebook, the chat lingo, the youth who believes in living for today yet the traditional values do not die, those of love and feelings for one another.
There’s enough food for thought for those people who only share virtual relationships, even the ones with their best friends read besties, ‘chud-bud’ or with their family members. And so to say many are ‘forget’ basic demeanor towards those who matter.
Not to bash ‘virtual life’, but such a film is a wake-up call for social addiction plaguing those of us who have forgotten the simple pleasures of fun getaways with friends, or the innocent and stress-busting coffee-shop get-together. Its the neo look at love and it looks like this may just be the trend-setter for a new genre of films?
The protagonists of the film have done full justice to the roles. No big surprises here considering they’re all fresh faces and look the part of 20-something college kids they play – attending college, doing projects, partying, falling in and out of love etc..etc. Saqib Saleem is Vishal Bhatt who is quite a sweetheart and plays the “annoying” classmate and intelligent writer with much aplomb; Saba Azad is Preity Sen, unconventionally pretty and has a photogenic face; Nishant Dahiya is Rahul Sareen, the hot rock star who girls drool over. He undoubtedly looks good but it was probably a part of his role to not speak much and just flex those muscles and show-off the six-packs and the girls are done for (I recently read that MFK’s crew was an all-girl crew, the fight must have been tough); Tara D’Souza is Malvika Kelkar, a fashion design student and a biker-chick and her hotness metre shall read pretty much the same as Nishant’s, her acting sure needs some polishing but the roles she has been seen in so far haven’t required much of that anyway, just to fill you in, Tara was recently seen as Ali Zafar’s love interest in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, also a Yash Raj offering.
Aditya Chopra is definitely laughing his way to the bank(s) with having chosen two very interesting, paisa-vasool scripts and having trusted the cast & crew into bringing "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge" to culmination. Nupur Asthana, just seems to have touched the right chords with her serials previously (Hip Hip Hurray, Mahi Way) and now this movie.
Everyone is smiling.
Verdict: From ‘Single’ to ‘Its Complicated’, original Bollywood-ishtyle.