PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA

Disguised as a light-hearted comedy, Pyaar Ka Punchnama is such a misogynistic film that you can’t help but wonder if it was made by someone who’s had his heart brutally stamped on by a woman. The plot is centred on three male roommates in Delhi who can’t stop moaning about their dull jobs and boring lives. When each of them falls in love, things begin to look up. But director Luv Ranjan offers female leads that are such scheming, insensitive shrews that the boys quickly realize bachelor life wasn’t so bad after all.

The film starts off promisingly enough, focusing on the ‘bromance’ between the three boys. Liquid (played by Divyendu Sharma) is a job-hating nerd, Chaudhary (played by Rayo Bhakirta) is a brooding guitarist who practically lives in his undies, and Rajat (played by Kartikeya Tiwari) is the funny one. They cuss at each other and rib the geeky one endlessly, but there’s inherent warmth in the relationship that’s reminiscent of Dil Chahta Hai.

Unfortunately it all goes downhill when the women show up. Liquid falls for a manipulative co-worker who exploits his goodness, Chaudhary doesn’t know where he stands with his girlfriend who can’t seem to shake off her ex, and Rajat makes the fatal mistake of moving in with an attention-seeking harridan.

Aside from one surprisingly insightful outburst by Rajat in the film’s second half where he explains why men can never win against the fairer sex, Pyaar Ka Punchnama is neither smart nor particularly funny. It falls into a repetitive rut of petty squabbles between the boys and their partners, and the women are singled out as the villains of the piece. Of course it doesn’t help that the three actresses – Nushrat Bharucha, Sonali Sehgal and Ishitta Sharma – don’t have one acting bone between them; and to top that, they’re so unflatteringly photographed it’s hard to understand what our heroes see in them.

Pyaar Ka Punchnama is positioned as a comic take on real urban relationships, but the jokes are mostly lame, and the conflicts so exaggerated that it doesn’t work on any level. At best, Divyendu Sharma gets a few laughs out of you in the early scenes, but it’s not enough to put yourself through the misery of enduring this interminably long film.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Luv Ranjan’s Pyaar Ka Punchnama. It’s about as much fun as walking on broken glass.

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19 Comments

  1. Anu

    June 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Rajeev,
    This is the real story of all urban city.And it is very unfair that you rate this movie 1.5 out of 5..it deserves 4 or 4.5 out of 5.
    If you see the response of youths in multiplexes you will definitely change your rating..and this is not for the people whose age is more than 35 years because they would not able to digest..:)

    • January

      June 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      There’s a sceert about your post. ICTYBTIHTKY

  2. Ganesh

    June 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Hello Mr.Rajeev Masand if u r nt having idea of real life then plz quit u’r kind job of Critics.

    Hope u were never into private job scenario or any college where girls do take fauvour of guys just to make their life easy…

    Second u r mistaken with a crowd of women those are having only 30% of good quality….

    Finally prior to comment plz plz plzzzzzz first do u’r homework of market reading…..

    This movie is awesome and 100% true. If not kindly read it again..

    Grow UP uncle…

  3. Ganesh

    June 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Finally prior to comment plz plz plzzzzzz first do u’r homework of market reading…..

    This movie is awesome and 100% true. If not kindly read it again..

    Grow UP uncle…

  4. nisha shah

    June 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    thank god i didnt see ur ratings before i went for the movie… if u didnt find it humorous u dont have a good sense of humor…
    the movie is amazin n must watch….

    • Danyon

      June 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      No more s***. All posts of this qlautiy from now on

    • Wilhelmina

      June 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Hey, good to find somoene who agrees with me. GMTA.

  5. subhashish

    June 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Rajeev, what I have noticed these days, your ratings are exactly opposite to the audiance taste. At the time 0f year 2000-2005 I use to love your views on hindi cinema, but now I think you are concentrating more on your book. thank god I havnt left this movie by reading ur comments….

  6. TK

    June 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Rajeev, I thot u r a good judge who really judge movies well. I’ve seen the entire country voting against the experts…

    Are you want to say that the entire country is wrong and you are right because you are an expert… If you think like this, then stop giving bull shit comments coz we Indians can’t take that…

    When there is a stardom you give ratings like 4/5 etc and here its a damn shit you given…

    I give like all other have given 5/5

    • Buff

      June 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Wow, your post makes mine look feelbe. More power to you!

    • Philinda

      June 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      That’s 2 clever by half and 2×2 clever 4 me. Tahkns!

  7. Ritu

    June 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Please don’t give reviews based on what you feel but also see what audiences like…all youngsters loved the movie and all male leads have acted really well. The punches are fun and story (apart from the ending) is great!

    • Bear

      June 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      And I thought I was the sensible one. Thnkas for setting me straight.

  8. vikas pratap singh

    June 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Life sahi hai, tension nahi hai.Movie is must watch for every youngster! I have watched this movie 3 times with 3 different friend and frankly I enjoyed each time. Don’t know how you are given ratings!

    • Jodi

      June 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      What a joy to find such clear thinking. Thkans for posting!

  9. Maud

    June 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I thank you humbly for sharnig your wisdom JJWY

  10. Cami

    June 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    That’s way more celevr than I was expecting. Thanks!

  11. karan

    June 30, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Masand…probably you were too occupied writing books while watching this mnovie..This review seems to be one of your rare blunders…watch this movie again with a bunch of software engineer bachelors who are staying together and I am sure that you would revisit this blog..

  12. college basketball

    February 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    It’s straight to the point! You could not tell in other words! 😀

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