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I Hate Luv Stories Review



There have been two movies which released with high expectations – ‘Raavan/Raavanan’ & ‘I Hate Love Stories’. The former came from a proven stable, and so had high expectations and the latter although not comparable; did have a small amount of expectations on it. The expectations ought to be high. However, the public hated the movie but I liked it. Most of the arguments have been covered in this blog and this one. I am not denying the fact that there are no flaws in it. There are numerous numbers of flaws one can spot in that movie. Despite all that I loved the movie and so did I like ‘I hate love stories’. Let me re-iterate – Like not Love 😀 and I liked the movie because of the story only!

There is a saying that “Don’t judge the books by its cover”. However this movies title attracted me much and so did the beautiful soundtrack. However, I didn’t heed to it. I did wait for the feedbacks and reviews. Initial feedbacks suggested that it was trash. However later on I did get some good reviews. Not great ones though. I decided to see it on my own and make my own view.

It is a cliché movie, filled with obvious things. If you see the trailers, you get the complete story. It’s all about a simple girl falling in love with a jerk who doesn’t value love, despite her being engaged to ‘The Prefect Guy’ . No points for guessing that the guy also falls in love with her. What is the problem with the story? Well this is a little different. How come such a story filled with lovely songs is hated by all? The makers committed the same mistake that was done by the makers of ‘Love Aaj Kal’. Much bigger one this time! I would call it bigger this time because they didn’t learn from the mistakes committed in ‘Love Aaj Kal’.

The most essential and the core ingredient involved in making a movie are the actors. The casting director has done the same mistake here also. Wait! Is there such a concept in India? Well, I must say a big NO! This is the age when all the big studios of Hollywood are flocking to India. When will Bollywood grow up from the craze of Big stars! Imran Khan as well as Sonam Kapoor killed the movie. In case of ‘Love Aaj Kal’ it was just Deepika Padukone who killed it. This time, however there is company. This is not a movie that runs with great dialogues and sceneries. This is a movie that is all about subtleness and ‘feel’ factor. If the actors can’t impart that, then the movie falls flat.

The movie was devoid of faff and was straight to the point. The dialogues, scenes, setting and songs were ok. However the garnishing which is the important part was missing. It was not rocket science that was being shown. It is something that can happen to anyone including you and me. This is a movie that came from a production house that has slowly started moving from the cliché love stories. They have given us some good movies like ‘My Name is Khan’, ‘Dostana’, ‘Wake up Sid’. Forgive them for the ‘K’ series movies. I guess we can forgive them this time as it is the fault of the actors.

Coming to the supporting cast, there are only two (can be three) actors involved. The first one being Samir Soni, who is well known in soaps. He is also devoid of emotions and matches the lead actors in ‘hopelessness’. There is Samir Dattani as Sonam’s fiancé who is just about ok in the limited role. The star of the movie is Kavin Dave whom we know from the Sprite ads. He is the same as in the sprite ads, goofy. His role is limited but he catches the attention well.

That leaves us to the lead actors – Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor. Both have god fathers and have films in their genes. Both are young. However, they have to grow a lot. They have screen presence, but once they open their mouth they cause terrible damage. They can’t emote nor can they deliver the dialogues properly. I have seen actors grow up over the time and becoming better. I would give them the benefit of doubt.

To sum up, ‘I hate love stories’ is a movie which is technically perfect. Good story, decent lines, nice locales and awesome music; which takes the score to 3.5 on 5.  The 2.5 of this goes to Punit Malhotra and his team. 1 complete point goes to Vishal – Shekhar for the wonderful and memorable music. However, the shoddy casting and the pathetic acting drags the rating down to 2 on 5. I would recommend you to watch this movie when you are free on cable or on DVD.

Final Rating: 2/5

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Dork – The Incredible Adventures of of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese


It’s been ages since I’ve read a book. I knew nothing about this book, before starting to read it. I knew the author through twitter. He writes whacky tweets, gives contrarian comments and last but not the least, supports Sreesanth. I have never seen such an ardent supporter of Gopumon. 😀 I was unaware of the fact that he had a hugely successful blog running and my friends used to read it. I was totally ignorant. I must thank ‘RT’ in twitter, without which I wouldn’t have noticed this guy. Because in my initial, this was the twitter handle I used to see the most. In no time I was following this guy. Eventually came to know that he has a book coming out soon with a name ‘Dork’. What sort of a name is that! I heard people talking about it, was more than eager to read it. After months of waiting, the book landed in my hands. Thanks to Vidhyut and Deval for getting it for me.

I can’t put in words on how much I enjoyed this ‘nonsense laugh riot’. I can’t think of a better description. I’ve been raving about the book ever since. I will have to take an anticipatory bail here, because I won’t be able to write well about the movie. Simply put. So please don’t throw brickbats at me for that. 😐

There is a classic proverb ‘Don’t judge the book by its cover!’. This book is one big exception. The back page is one of the most hilarious one that I’ve seen so far. There is no part of the book which will not make you laugh or smile even the ‘Author’s Bio’.

Prelude/Prologue/Preface is something that I had not seen till now. ‘Whatay’ intro! It gives you the feel of how whacky this book is going to be. The author tells us the turn of events on what led to the book. Quite amusing I must say. Fingers crossed and off to the next chapter.  The book got me hooked that, I couldn’t keep the book down. I finished the book at a stretch and only took bio breaks and for dinner. The book had a unique narration style. Totally first person. Yet it never got monotonous. The hero is a Dork, in the literal sense. One can’t get dumber than him. He is a kind of a person whom we know from our lives. The obvious goalpost! As the tagline says, the book is full of his hilarious escapades. Period!

What made me like the book which was small and had a wafer thin plot. It is just because it gave me a good hearty laugh. Not much variation in the plot, simplistic language used. Background used is a consulting firm, with references to Engineering and management colleges. The book also has cliché’s in other places also. Mallu bonding, inspirational SMS etc 😀

The book has one hilarious ending. It reminds you of the Saroj Kumar interview in ‘Udayananu Tharam’. The book is short, that it keeps you yearning for more. But have to say that, sometimes small is good 🙂

I totally recommend you all to read this book. Totally worth the money you pay for it. Enjaaaay.

Hats off to Sidin Vadukut for the wonderful book.

Links for the book. Link 1 Link 2

RUNN away from RANN


Never wanted to see this movie because of the over hype that it had and the National Anthem controversy. Highly mixed reviews cemented the desire in me on not to go for the movie.  Reached the movie hall to see Ishqiya, but as my luck would have it, No tickets 😦 Thought of leaving then friends said, lets see RANN. I was like theek hain :-/

Had zero expectation while seeing the movie. Mainly because I had lost faith in Ram Gopal Varma. I wish he returns to the person he was.

Its basically a half cooked story made with guest artists. That should sum it up all.

The plot: A media empire built on truth and ethics. Headed by Mr. Bachan. He has a son Sudeep who is frustrated that the competitors are doing well and his channel doesnt have TRP’s. The son in law Rajat Kapoor, who is a shrewd business man. This makes up the family.

With the employees you have Ritesh Deshmukh who is an aspiring journalist and considers Bachan to be his role model. Mohnish Behl as a cunning competitor. Suchitra Krishnamurthy as a spy in Bachan’s organization. Paresh Rawal as ruthless politician.

Plot is simple: Paresh & Rajat convinces Sudeep to show a phony news on the PM on their channel. Sudeep then in turn convinces dad to air the news. Govt falls. Paresh is the next in line. Ritesh revolts.

An easily guessable story. Half cooked by an uninterested cook – Ram Gopal Varma. Garnishing is done by horrible background score. Thank god I didn’t waste time to listen to them. Oops, I forgot the horrible camera angles and the crappy background score.

The second half was much much better. Last 30 minutes was torture and with an undigestable climax.

A look at the actors:

Riteish: He has one basic expression throughout the movie. Frustration+ sadness. Less dialogues. I felt he was facing constipation.

Bachan: You acting was good, no doubt about it. Like his son tweeted today, this movie doesn’t deserve you at all.

Sudeep: You were good in the beginning. But you sucked as it improved. Learn to shout and show emotions!

Gul Panag: You were there just for 4-5 scenes. So I leave you. Waise loved your dimples as usual 🙂

Paresh Rawal: Didn’t impress nor disappoint.

Rajpal Yadav: You were fun to watch as usual. Can’t complain at all.

Rest, are not even worth commenting. Either they weren’t good or they were not there much.

Couple of good scenes noted: The clippings from various channels after new break out. Rajat Kapoor mocking Paresh Rawal.

A request to Ram Gopal Varma: This was a genre which Madhur Bhandarkar has started boring us with. Please return to your original class.

Verdict: Not worth a watch in a movie hall unless ticket is free. If interested wait for DVD release.