Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Amit Sahni ki List

Cast: Virr Das (Amit Sahni), Vega Tamotia (Mala), Anindita Nayar (Devika Dev), Kavi Shashtri (Pushkar, Amit’s childhood friend), Natasha Rastogi (Amit’s Mother), Anu Menon (Cameo)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Direction: Ajay Bhuyan
Production: Pyxis Pictures, Tina Nagpaul, Kavita Kulkarni, Sujata Vemuri
Screenplay: Shiv Singh, Rohit Banawlikar
Cinematographer: Maneesh Chandra Bhatt
Music: Raghy Dixit, Palash Muchhal, Alien Chutney, Shivi R Kashyap, Karthik Iyer
Editing : Shakti Hasija
Release Date: 18th July, 2014
Language: Hindi
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Amit Sahni Ki List is a simple rom-com movie by director Ajay Bhuyan. You can watch this movie with a smile on your face. Consciously or sub-consciously, we all have a ‘criteria list’ for our ‘perfect’ would be. Are we able to manage to get the ‘Perfect person’. Once we figure out the ‘Perfect Person’, does the relationship also turn out to be perfect ? Are we able to live happily forever thereafter? This movie tells us that the relationships, frequency match between two people and the happiness / peace felt in the relationships are much beyond any list. Life does not move on the basis of a list, calculations, luvo-meter (app to measure love). Relationship is not technical / mechanical, it has to be nourished and taken care. Can a list really be a road-map and lead one to his / her soul-mate? Amit Sahni’s journey is peppered with funny situations, and smart takes on relationship shallowness.
The titular character of this movie- Amit Sahni (Virr Das) is a successful investment banker. On facing heartbreak after being dumped by the first teenage love Natasha, Amit decides that now onwards, he won’t allow any girl to reject him. He goes on to complete his education from IIT, followed by IIM and gets into high-paying job as an investment banker, drives a BMW, lives in a condo. When he gets ready for marriage, he prepares his own list for the ‘Perfect Girl’ for him. He rejects many girls just because the qualities in the girl were not matching his list. It is a hilarious scene, where he rejects one girl because she doesn’t have interest in cricket and doesn’t follow Sachin Tendulkar. His father is shown to be interested in reading newspapers and mother as a gregarious one, who enjoys talking in acronyms viz. BTW (by the way), IMHO (in my humble opinion), BTM (behanji turned modern) etc. His childhood friend Pushkar (Kavi Shastri), a self-proclaimed good cook, keeps giving weird advises to Amit. All these characters together make the movie worth a watch.
On mother’s insistence, Amit meets Mala (Vega Tamotia), completely opposite personality as per his list. Mala is an adventurous person whereas Amit is just the opposite. Mala seems to be a carefree, dog-loving, creative girl. In spite of the differences, something works out between Amit and Mala and they commit to each other. Things seemed to be great for both of them, but then the entry of Devika Dev (Anindita Nayar) happens. Gradually Amit realizes that Devika matches his list completely.
What does Amit do next? Does he decide to go ahead with Devika? What happens to his relationship with Mala? Which relationship Amit choose at the end – Devika – the perfect match as per his list or Mala – the total opposite to his list ?
Virr Das is effortless, witty. Vega Tamotia and Kavi Shashtri have also given great performances. Noni Singh as Mala’s pet dog is also cute.
Another hilarious scene, where Anu Menon does the entry as a Break-up consultant and gives a presentation on why the couple should part ways. It highlights, how romance these days has become more ‘practical’ and romance is no more done with the heart.
Music could have been better. There is an instrumental music piece played on a Violin (performed by Mala in the movie), which is mesmerizing.
Amit Sahni ki List is a smooth ride of a rom-com without much of roadblocks. You can walk out of the theater with a happy feeling.

Rating: 3 /5 (Good)