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Another routine love story, using the same old Punjabi marriage theme to launch the new faces.
If a director gets the job of introducing a young couple in a Hindi film who probably might be the silent producers of the project too, then the easiest (and a readymade) plot to be adapted now a days has to be a romantic comedy made around a big Punjabi wedding situated in Delhi. So following the same formula, RABBA MAIN KYA KAROON is a light comic, family drama revolving around the marriage of debutants Akash Chopra and Tahira, also featuring Arshad Warsi and Paresh Rawal in key roles to make it a major frontline project in the market.
Focusing on a young boy being trained in all the wrong things before his love marriage (by the elder brother Arshad), RMKK has nothing substantial or exciting as far as the storyline or content is concerned. Its fresh cast takes care of the youth factor in the film and the comedy part is assigned to the three uncles (Maamas) namely, Paresh Rawal, Tinnu Anand and Shakti Kapoor, who happen to be sex maniacs cheating their own respective wives since many years. The film constantly talks about a mantra followed by these four grown up men religiously (including Arshad) i.e. "To have a happy married life, one must cheat his wife". The writers try to entertain the viewer with sequences based on these hidden betrayals only. And then as usual it all ends on a positive social note wherein the four accept their silly mistakes made and the young boy has his priorities pretty clear for the new life ahead.
Presented as a laugh riot written with a questionable theme, RMKK doesn't have much to make you smile or give a good time in the theater. The execution goes over the top in few scenes and the rest go on talking about the same things in a monotonous way. The film has more of Arshad and less of Paresh which might disappoint many friends only interested in watching them together. The Punjabi wedding celebrations give you the same, seen before sort of a feeling and the characters do not convince you much with their routine kind of acts delivered uninterestingly. Moreover the film has a script which strongly tries to project all men as born dogs, always hungry for sex and all women as the dumb, easy to fool companions who know nothing about their husbands at all. And I did find this kind of projection quite objectionable, crossing the boundaries of decency in its many sequences.
The soundtrack has one catchy song with some weird lyrics saying, "Tu Khulla Saand Ban Ja" which easily shows the desperation to get noticed in its obscene words. The background score and camera-work is strictly OK and the project more or less becomes bearable only due to the few known names in it, brightly showcasing their proved talent in the given scenes at regular intervals.
So we have Arshad Warsi with his famous comic timing and Paresh Rawal who can make you laugh even when he is not smiling or rendering any hilarious lines in his few scenes. The debutants Akash and Tahira perform satisfactorily and their acts were much more than what I was expecting. Shakti Kapoor tries too hard and Tinnu Anandis just OK. Enacting their wives, Riya Sen, Himani Shivpuri and Anuradha Patel play it fine but Raj Babbar remains the same as seen in many previous films.
In all, yes a love story has always been the safest bet to introduce a new young couple in a Hindi film since ages. But now its really time, that the young ones plan something novel, unconventional and experimental as their first movie to showcase their raw talent. The gamble has surely got more probabilities to go wrong but still its better to get introduced in a film which has something new to offer and is not just another routine, old wine in a new bottle kind of stuff inspired from many previous hits.
Sadly, RABBA MAIN KYA KAROON falls in the category of the above mentioned mediocre projects only which try to en-cash the few big names in their star-cast just in vain. It's a kind of film which you might feel OK watching on a DVD or a channel, but buying a costly multiplex ticket for it, spending your precious time & effort, simply needs to be avoided.
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