Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge: Movie Review

Mujhse Fraandship Karoge is a story about Vishal (Saqib Saleem) and Preity (Saba Azad) who are both college students and hate each other. Vishal's rockstar friend Rahul (Nishant Dahiya) has a concert that Preity and her best friend Malvika (Tara D'Souza) attend. After the concert, Vishal sends a Facebook friend request to Malvika using Rahul's account. Malvika thinks it seems "tacky and despo," but Preity accepts it. Vishal and Preity then chat with each other as Rahul and Malvika, and start developing crushes on each other. Vishal thinks he has a thing for Malvika though, and Preity for Rahul. Vishal and Preity are assigned to work on a project together become good friends. Meanwhile, Rahul and Malvika actually meet and click, but don't proceed make a move because of Vishal and Preity. I'm sure you can figure out what happens from there!

So there are actually a few reasons I'm doing this review, even though this isn't a new movie. Firstly, it's a super underrated movie that not many of my friends have heard about, and I liked it a lot! Secondly, I happened to rewatch this movie last night, so it was good timing for me. Also, Saqib Saleem's new movie Mere Dad Ki Maruti is coming out tomorrow, so this is perfect timing for that! Last but not least, Saba Azad sang a few songs in Nautanki Saala, which comes out next month!

Okay so now on to the "review" part of this review. As I already said, I think this movie is vastly underrated and have already recommended it to a few friends of mine. They liked the movie too, so it's not just me! The Wikipedia page says this was a hit in India, but I hadn't thought to watch it until my mom recorded it on the DVR and I saw it on there. I had heard of the movie before it came out, and my friends and I thought it was ridiculous to have a movie so dependent on Facebook. The entire concept of the movie is the difference between Facebook relationships and real life relationships, and I get really annoyed with the over-usage of new social media sites in movies. It's usually overdone to the point of tackiness and pushes the modernness of the movie. This movie didn't do that though. It was a simple love story and a cute movie. A lot of cheesy movies get boring in the middle where the story kind of slumps and I want to forward the scene. This movie didn't have those and had a decent pace. The only things I forwarded were the songs.

Acting-wise I liked everyone. Saqib and Saba did well as Vishal and Preity. Saqib played the stubborn typical college boy role well and Saba was cute as Preity. Tara as Malvika was okay. I was surprised to see that she's full Indian. She looks and sounds like a foreigner. Regardless, she fit the role for this kind of a movie, but I'm not sure what else she can do. Her role was to be sweet and a good friend, which she fulfilled, but having seen her in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, I know she can't really do much else. Nishant did a decent job as Rahul as well. He fit the college-age rockstar look pretty well.
If you haven't seen this movie and are looking for a sweet and semi-modern love story, I'd definitely recommend it. I think I've seen it about three times and would still watch it again!

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