Director: Vaibhav Mishra
Cast: Girish Kumar, Navneet Dhillon, Tisca Chopra
How much can one really drink? A thought I had to ponder over after leaving the ‘Loveshhuda’ screening. Can a person survive after consuming that much alcohol?
Director Vaibhav Mishra and his team might just want to check into an Alcohol Anonymous programme after chugging down bottles of liquor for their film ‘Loveshhuda’. The film features star kid Girish Kumar and marks the debut of former beauty queen Navneet Dhillon. ‘Loveshhuda’ surely raises the bar high for self-proclaimed drunkards.
Gaurav (Girish Kumar), an orphaned boy, is raised single-handedly by his older sister Garima (Tisca Chopra). ‘Loveshhuda’ starts with Gaurav’s grand bachelor party as he is all set to tie the knot with Vandana, an irritating, annoying and controlling posh NRI girl, who has been handpicked by his sister Garima. Gaurav and his spoilt gang start his bachelor party with gallons of alcohol and a bevy of beauties. Incidentally, Gaurav meets Pooja (Navneet Dhillon) and spends his entire night drinking and touring London with her and what happens next is very obvious- a drunken one night stand! The two develop feelings for each other but Gaurav lets go of his feelings for Pooja and marries Vandana for his family.
Four years later, Gaurav separates with Vandana and guess what, he meets his drunken ladylove in Mauritius again, where she has come to celebrate her spinster party. With the most cliché events of every love story, Pooja rejects her would be husband Vinayak and goes back to her drunkard boyfriend Gaurav.
I was off alcohol for a while but it seems like ‘Loveshhuda’ gave me a bad hangover. Shot in exotic locations of London and Mauritius, the film is just a travel guide to expensive party destinations that require a lot of alcohol to enjoy your stay there. Director Viabhav Mishra must have instructed his entire crew to work only after getting drunk else they won’t be allowed to come on the sets. Vaibhav smartly mouthed ‘Loveshhuda’ to be a “different film” but looks like he hasn’t seen ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’ or may be he has and trying to remake these in his own way.
Girish Kumar, who debuted with his home production ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ assures us that he can’t perform. In all of the film’s emotional scenes he is seen concentrating on his drinks rather than on his expressions. He dances really well but I guess it would come naturally to anyone who has downed as much alcohol as he has. Navneet Dhillon, who looks impressive in her styling and expressions sails through till the climax (all thanks to her voice dubbing I believe). Tisca Chopra, Navneet Kasturia and Sachin Khedekar are good enough with their performances.
Being a Tips Production film, ‘Loveshhuda’ surely has good music. From the peppy dance numbers to Atif Aslam’s break up song ‘Mar Jayein’, the soundtracks are ear soothing.
The 131 minutes of this film has just been padded up with fancy locations, barrels of alcohol and lots of big wet kisses. Looking for anything more in this film, is like finding old wine in a new bottle. I believe that the entire budget must have been spent on expensive brands of alcohol. From bachelor parties to an expected climax, alcohol travels in every frame. It is the true hero in the film in every possible manner!
‘Loveshhuda’ should have been titled, ‘Daarushhuda’. First half is with mixed with water and soda but second half is just about having neat pegs. I recommend that you carry a strip of disprin atleast for the second half....