London-based owner of 'Gaylord Indian Restaurant' Pinu Patel travels to India along with his cousin, Rajat, Kavita Kaki and Jaisukh Kaka, in order to meet with Payal and get married. The couple seemingly approve of each other, but at the last minute she rejects him. Dejected he returns home and faces rejection once again - this time at the hands of Mili. Quite depressed, he is then compelled to hire two Chandigarh-based employees, Renu and Kamlesh, as Book-keeper and Cook respectively. Kamlesh and he start hanging out together to such an extent that Pinu is compelled to question himself as to if he is a homosexual. Anxious to prove himself, he must now hook up with a woman - and feels Renu to be ideal. His world comes crashing around him when he finds her in Kamlesh's arms - leaving open the question as to what his fate is going to be in the near future. Written by
Not A Straightforward Love Story But A Delightful One
I was very impressed by Parvati Balagopalan's 'Straight'. Set mostly in London, the story centres around a British Indian but this is nothing like the usual saccharine NRI love story that Yashraj production has churned out every year by contributing to the pollution of Hindi cinema. Given the main theme revolving around a man who is confused about his sexuality, who experiences a clash between Indian tradition and a rather open English culture, the story had to be set outside of India. Sexuality is an important theme but unlike many Hindi films, 'Straight' does not mock homosexuality. The movie is given a refreshing treatment. The film has heart and it is told beautifully and with sincerity. The execution is first rate. The editing, lighting, cinematography and art direction are brilliant. Sagar Desai's music flows beautifully with the story. Balagopalan proves to be a promising director and I would be looking forward to her forthcoming projects. In my books, Vinay Pathak can do no wrong and once again, he carried an entire film. This man's incredible talent never fails to amaze me. Gul Panag is excellent. I was in love with her character Renu and I loved that she did the movie and how she played the part. This actress deserves more recognition. Anuj Choudhry is likable and Sid Makkar adds some comic relief. Ketki Dave is hilarious as always. 'Straight' is both thought-provoking and immensely entertaining. In my humble opinion, it is the best Hindi film of 2009 so far.
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