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"Will You Marry Me?" falls flat in humor
  • MUMBAI, India

    Three college grads are part of a group that pool their money to buy Reliance shares sometime in the 2000s. Winner takes all when they appreciate a decade down. The winner is one who remains unmarried last! These three are Aarav (Shreyas Talpade) and Rajveer (Rajeev Khandelwal) who share a love-hate relationship and Nikhil (Muzammil Ibrahim). They remain solo, predictably, though for three different reasons – Nikhil is too shy to voice his feelings to college-time girlfriend Anjali (Tripta Parashar) who incredibly remains single for almost a decade. Aarav is rejected by every girl to whom he loses his heart, and Rajveer, who has a penchant for saying, “Hi, sex” even to his male friends (!!) treats girls like sex objects to be used and discarded.

    Rajveer is a gambler at heart. When a businessman’s booty of five crore is deposited for a few days with him by an investment broker or some such as a raid is expected, he decides to double the money and keep the spoils, and invests in Satyam Infotech (yes, all the names are mentioned!) and loses the money when it crashes. He now thinks of more gambles to win it back!

    Meanwhile, Nikhil finally speaks his heart to Anjali and a long wedding celebration is organized in Dubai. The businessman (Paresh Rawal) demands his money with interest – and whaddayaknow! – he’s a mafioso too, so he tells Rajveer that he will eliminate the bridegroom if he does not cough up eight crore in a week.

    The bride’s best friend Sneha (Mugdha Godse) and – much later - another blink-and-miss one (Celina Jaitly, earning some spare bucks while living near the film’s location in real life) have come in with the declaration of the bans. Rajveer and Aarav vie for Sneha, who hints that she loves sexcapades, no strings attached. Loser Aarav settles for the other girl, who likes him, see?

    Back to the lost booty: Aarav is rolling in money, but Rajveer balks at taking him into confidence. By the time Aarav learns about the dark secret by chance, he is furious and says that he will never help them as they did not consider him a good enough friend. They can go die. Some friendship, this!

    Things get sillier after this: the Reliance issue is brought in at will by the “writer.” A fire takes place in the wedding pandal, among other things. The post-climax is the worst in this asinine, crass fare where “comedy” means smashing crockery in your best friend’s house when he is meeting with his to-be wife’s family for the first time and even unintentionally hurling a plate at the girl’s dad’s head! “Sar phod diya!” wails the girl about daddy-o, who reappears very soon with a perfect, unscarred forehead! 

    Here’s another example of the woeful humor: Aarav speaks to himself and makes faces – yes, at himself! – in a bathroom mirror for endless minutes. Not to forget an inordinately-offensively filmed Sufiana song called “Kalma” replete with skin show, voyeuristic camera angles and suggestive movements by the semi-clad girls. As if all this is not enough, the don arrives at the wedding he had planned to destroy as he is Sneha’s father. So would he have killed the innocent husband of his daughter’s best friend if he had not got his money back? 

    Not to mention a coin the don keeps on his person which is for his family (!!) and Anjali’s father settling a legal suit by a consumer who discovered insects in a cola he manufactures called “Gypsy.” Yuck!

    Nothing in this disaster makes sense. The acting, save for Paresh Rawal’s impressive cameo, varies from bad (Rajeev, Shreyas, Tripta) to worse (Celina, Manoj Joshi). Dubai is cold but picturesquely shot. But the music is poor, like the film.

     

    Ikkon Films’

    Will You Marry Me?: Is this ‘entertainment’?

    Produced by: KRISHEN CHAUDHERI & VIPIN JAIN

    Directed by: ADITYA V.DATT

    Written by: HYDER NAJMI

    Music: SHARIB-TOSHI, SACHIN GUPTA & others

    Starring: SHREYAS TALPADE, RAJEEV KHANDELWAL, MUGDHA GODSE, CELINA JAITLY, MUZAMMIL IBRAHIM, TRIPTA PARASHAR, PARESH RAWAL, MANOJ JOSHI, NISHIGANDHA WAD & others

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