Bewakoofiyaan: ‘Practically’ perfect
For a good movie, subject matters a lot. Bewakoofiyaan might look like a usual love story at first glance but it’s actually a very well-penned and well-conceived movie. This does not mean that the movie has nothing to do with romance; the plot, in fact, is based on romance but it also talks about the other things associated with romance in today’s ‘practical’ world.
The story revolves around Mohit Chadhdha (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Mayera Sehgal (Sonam Kapoor), new-age practical and career-oriented sweethearts. Both try to build their lives around career stability, well-stocked bank accounts and better market positions.
The biggest hurdle in their love life is Mayera’s bureaucrat father, Mr VK Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor). He believes in money and wants his daughter to marry a rich man, rather than a struggling senior marketing executive. The rest of the movie revolves around these three characters trying to cope with each other to keep things steady, but being faced repeatedly by situations that are out of hand.
The highlight of the movie is its storyline; the script is very well woven. Habib Faisal, the writer of the movie, deserves a big round of applause for producing such a fine script. Nupur Asthana, director of ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge?’ and Bewakoofiyaan, has proven herself once again by capturing the simplistic and close-to-life essence that the script wished to portray.
Rishi Kapoor, as always, is still a rock-star! He is adorable, spontaneous and the perfect actor for this fatherly role. After watching this movie, you will not be able to imagine anyone else playing VK Sehgal’s role as charmingly as Chintu Ji does.
After Vicky Donor and Nautanki Saala, this is only Ayushmann’s third release and it is visible that he requires more acting experience. Just like his performance in his debut film Vicky Donor, he gave a bravura performance with the same ease and confidence despite acting with a great actor like Rishi Kapoor. It is a standalone achievement to share screen presence with a maestro like Rishi Kapoor let alone even get noticed.
Sonam has improved with every new release. As compared to how she performed in Saawariya, she has clearly outdone herself in Bewakoofiyan. She took on the role smoothly and gave a spectacular performance.
The movie’s title song has some great lyrics while the other songs are a bit preppy.
To all those who frequently question Bollywood movies and their unrealistic approach, Bewakoofiyaan is the answer for them. It has some very good realistic scenes, that become unforgettable and very close to life scenes which every viewer can relate to; for example, when Mayera and Mohit argue on spending and expenditures – all of us do that!
Bewakoofiyaan is a light-hearted movie that takes you to fairyland with your feet firmly still on the ground. Not because you don’t want to fly but because you know it’s not practical.
On the basis of performances, script and how the film is made, I would rate it an easy four on five. It’s not a dhishum dhamaka, cheap comic and senseless joyride but, as the name of the movie suggests, it shows you that even the average sane person acts stupidly every now and then. So you are not alone.
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