By Hindustan Times
Direction: Sanjay Gadhvi
Actors: Jackky Bhagnani, Nidhi Subbaiah, Arjun Rampal
Director Sanjay Gadhvi, whose previous credits include the Dhoom films, doesn’t know it, but he’s essentially made a time-travel film. Watching Ajab Gazabb Love, a loose remake of Telugu hit Seema Tapakai, is like watching an utterly mediocre movie from the 1990s. We have a contrived boy-falls-in-love-with-girl-at-first-sight plot, a series of misunderstandings and, at times, forced ‘comedy’ accompanied by sound effects (just in case we didn’t know we were supposed to laugh).
Rajveer Grewal (Bhagnani) is a good-hearted young man who is passionate about cars. Working for his industrialist father Yashvardhan (Darshan Jariwala), he hopes to develop a ‘dream car’ (with the initials DC, so as to presumably get renowned automobile designer Dileep Chhabria some footage) some day. He falls in love, over a glossy song sequence, with Madhuri Singh (Subbaiah), a pretty college-going girl who is open about her dislike for wealthy people and their ways.
To win her love, Rajveer pretends he’s a car mechanic who lives in a slum. Eventually, he has to convince his family to contribute to his charade as well. None of the leads turns in a great performance, but they have well-toned bodies and look good in designer clothes. That’s all that matters, really.
Even so, it’s hard to find too much fault with a movie like this. Ajab Gazabb Love is no Chakravyuh; its ambitions are no loftier than to cater to an audience looking for a familiarly fluffy story.
In that aspect, one must concede, Ajab Gazabb Love has some of the goods. It has hummable music – Mika’s ‘Boom Boom’ is one of those annoyingly catchy earworms that will haunt you in your sleep. Amidst the crude jokes and sloppy stereotypes – it’s high time Bollywood learned that there is no such thing as a clean-shaven yet turbaned Sardar – there are about three or four moments that do genuinely make you laugh. All of these are courtesy seasoned performers like Jariwala, Kher and Arshad Warsi, who appears in a hilarious cameo as a supposedly south Indian businessman.
Ajab Gazabb Love is an extremely dated film, one that requires the complete suspension of logic, disbelief and high standards of humour. Now all you need to do is ask yourself: Is this what you go to the movies for?