Watching Radio was definitely entertaining. Unfortunately, I can’t credit that to the movie itself but the comments that were passed around in the audience while making fun of it. Die hard Himesh Reshammiya fans are probably the only people who will enjoy it. The stamp of “It’s complicated” is drilled into your brain at regular intervals but there is no real complication, they just create it for themselves.
Vivan Shah (Himesh) is a famous RJ who solves people’s problems on his show but is in a fix himself, reason being his divorce from his wife Pooja (Sonal Sehgal). Apparently, she claims that even though they are great as friends their marriage lacks chemistry. The divorce has a huge impact on Vivan (although it barely comes across).
The same night he accidentally meets Shanaya (Shenaz Treasurywala) and is very rude to her which fuels the ‘paagal’ girl to call on his radio show and blast him. Then the usual happens, they become friends and she falls in love with him but he is not interested. She gets involved in his life to the extent that she becomes a part of a new radio show with him called ‘Mystery Girl’ where she plays a mysterious caller who is in love with him. They carry on the facade for her family as well. In the meantime his ex-wife cames back into the picture as she needs Vivan to be her rock and also secretly misses him. The radio show catapults the make believe couple to fame and becomes the first radio show to be aired on television.
When its time for Vivan to profess his love for Shanaya on television he can’t fake it and thats when she decides she will sacrifice her love by getting him back together with Pooja. But as fate has it, Pooja helps him realize that he does love Shanaya.
There are some very random scenes like the appearance of Paresh Rawal as the host of a show ‘Bahut Confusion Hai’, or when Shanaya’s DCP father meets Vivan for a chat to invite him for dinner right in the middle of an encounter. There is background music and short songs in places where they aren’t required. No one in the movie can really act and they are all very affected in their manner and too aware of the camera.
Himesh barely manages to portray any emotion, while Shenaz talks like a six year old, who has a constant puppy dog face and is clad in mid-riff and cleavage baring apparel. The supporting cast is obnoxiously loud and dumb. It seems like they have tried to be creative but fail terribly. There is no depth or real emotion in this apparently complicated love story where so many hearts are broken and mended. You land up laughing even though thats not the intention of the dialogue or situation. The title track gets stuck in your head and thats probably the only thing that stays with you. In some places it really seems like they didn’t know how to continue the scene so just left it. So in the end one leaves the movie hall tut-tuting “bahut confusion hai“.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra