I hate luv storysReview: I hate Luv Storys; Star Cast: Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sameer Dattani; Director: Punit Malhotra; Rating: 3 out of 5.

The much hyped and long awaited ‘I Hate luv Storys’ has finally released this Friday, July 2, 2010, with no other big film competing with it. The young generation will definitely like this genre of film. The movie centers on its two young stars – Imraan Khan and Sonam Kapoor – who gel very well because of their chemistry and physical compatibility. The movie is a snipe on love or rather its maker Karan Johar himself who is known for his romantic love stories, and also other makers of love blockbusters. Thus, Karan proves that the hater of love stories finally succumbs to turn a firm believer in love. Karan’s selection of a refreshingly young pair of Sonam Kapoor and Imraan Khan, who have only three movies to their credit so far, is excellent inasmuch as the pair reflects today’s young generation and its taste.

Imran KhanAccording to the movie’s story, Jai Dhingra played by Imraan Khan , works for Veer Chopra played by Sameer Soni. The latter who is known for directing love blockbusters, is making a film titled ‘Pyar Pyar Pyar’. He tells Jai who is otherwise cynical about love that whatever he may think of his films, they “connect with the audience”! Incidentally, Jai is set to work with Veer Chopra’s designer Simran Sharma played by Sonam Kapoor as her Assistant. Interestingly, while Jai hates love stories, she’s an ardent follower. Moreover, Simran lives a perfect life inasmuch as she has a nice boyfriend called Raj played by Samir Dattani who is an investment banker from London.

On the other hand, Jai isn’t perfect and is a wrong person who first lies to women to sleep with them, and then leave them early next morning. He even denies them breakfast or wearing their shoes on the pretext of his landlord throwing him out of the house if he comes to know about any girl sharing house with Jai. Isn’t Jai character just opposite to Raj’s who brings white flowers for her love interest Simran every day. The parents of both the central characters also play a role. Jai’s character reflects his parent’s broken marriage. He left his mother’s house for Mumbai to work in a movie.

Sonam KapoorSonam’s parents are lively. While mother wants her daughter to marry her community boy from Gujarat, the father hailing from Punjab favors a Punjabi son-in-law. Though Jai finally falls in love with Simran but fails to say yes to her marriage proposal. He doesn’t express his love for her and the latter decides to return to Raj. At this juncture, Imraan’s mother ironically tells her frustrated son, “I had asked God for a son, but he gave me a daughter who’s crying over the phone!” What a pity for a mother?

Debutant director Punit Malhotra who has assisted Karan Johar in the past succeeds in portraying his two young characters with diametrically opposite views on love with gaiety. Their dialogues are enchanting. He has also provided good foreign locales along with Vishal-Shekhar’s apt music. Acting-wise, Imraan tops as he beautifully expresses different emotions on different occasions. Sonam isn’t much behind and plays her challenging role too well.

Sonam and ImranAs said earlier, they share a lively chemistry between them. Samir Soni’s snipe at Karan Johar and his friend and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for their romantic films is indeed worth appreciation. Samir Dattani playing Raj doesn’t get much scope to show himself. Punit Malhotra’s story is just okay as it lacks substance. Ayananka Bose’s cinematography is perfect in portraying foreign locales beautifully.

Vishal-Shekhar’s music has a peppy score, especially its title track, Bin Tere and Bahara.

Overall, a nice film to watch for the younger generation and learn love and its attached sentimentality!

Source: Smash Hits

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