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The elite cruise by Puneet Rajhans
Aug 06, 2010 07:34 PM 2754 Views
(Updated Aug 06, 2010 07:43 PM)





Chick Flick blast from B'wood by Puneet Rajhans

Aisha (Sonam Kapoor) has no defined territory to tread on; the tryst with the art fraternity here and a polo date there among different outings. And the gaze firmly fixed to the peevish job of securing matrimonial alliances among her peers. If she doubles up as an animal activist and pitches her tent for a social cause, the brat side is in plenty with the credit bill of a whopping Rs 53, 476 for a cause she closely identifies with. Till the last breath of the film one doesn't see her giving up on the role of a matchmaker, come what may. The constant carping by Arjun (Abhay Deol) doesn’t see her come up as a reclusive bit; even the prodding and some plain speak from her close buddies, Pinks (Ira) and Shefali (Amrita Puri), doesn’t deter her either .

Arjun, her neighbour and investment banker, she dismisses as a corporate slave; her friend Shefali as the one she has been constantly goading to woo Randhir (Cyrus Sahukar), the halwaiwala. She can't stand the sight of Shefali ending up in the arms of Saurabh, caught in the middle class whirlpool of BPOs. Coming from a small town (Ballabgarh), she wants Shefali to pole vault her way to the upper crust with a change in her wardrobe and attitude, translating into unlimited movements in the capital coupled with a large credit bill which her father would settle and frown over. She brings a lot of oomph to this role of a matchmaker, ably supported by the conviction that she has a fair job on her hands. Not mistaking the crude fact that singleton tunes of the three could well be heard for eternity if match is not secured.

The flick opens with Aisha zooming past Delhi's traffic to reach her masi’s wedding. The one she has fixed and the next one on her radar Shefali courting Randhir. But Randhir has his sights on her. The fourth face to the girl power comes in Arti (Lisa Haydon) , the NRI, who is as comfortable in the company of Arjun as Dhruv, her masi's relation. Tales of wooing come on surface with Aisha wooing Arjun, Arjun in turn wooing Arti, and Dhruv and Randhir wooing Aisha at different points. If Pinks courts Randhir, so does Saurabh to Shefali, with Aisha disapproving it entirely.

Amidst the churns and turns, notwithstanding the saviour flag that Aisha carries afloat, the piece starts falling in place as singletons begin to have faith in themselves. The river rafting in Rishikesh and the Mumbai family gathering does provide a clue or two on who has a better compatibility quotient with whom. And the elevator scene in Fortis Hospital where Arjun squarely blames Aisha for not able to find her real identity as she is caught in the mindless exercise of matchmaking is a turning tale to her idiosyncrasies. All who were her closest pals have one poser to her: " Why she is so intrusive and demanding on plausible matrimonial beats of others." Shaken and stirred, she withdraws as every other entity has found a compatibility except her. All along she has been aligned with the thought that Arjun is the best bet for her; she almost turning a tigress without a whimper when he is in the company of Arti. With every damn guy finding a soulmate, her pa's pep talk is enough to goad her to act. She rushes to the dais of a wedding ceremony and declares her long hidden fascination for Arjun. Arjun returns the favour with a midnight knock to her place; he has been doing that for ages and the signs she refused to pick.

The flick has been extensively shot in and around Delhi. With Aisha and Arjun seeking winning moments in places like Rajiv Chowk, Purana Qila , there is a telling commentary on city's security as well. "This is Delhi " is Arjun's riposte to Arti willing to go on her own at night. At another level, Pinks telling Aisha that in the heavy cover of haze one can't spot even one star in the city.

Aisha rocks with her performance with her snob quotient getting dislodged in the face of hard realisation that couples are best left to find a groove for themselves rather someone taking that thankless proposition. Arjun comes with another belter; this one a definite improvement over Dev D outing. All in all a family affair with with Sis Rhea pitching in as producer and Pa Anil providing the production banner.

It promises loads of fun and feast with ooh aah and *ouch *moments adding to the female bonding, a winning combination indeed. The two numbers that rock are "gal meethi meethi bol" and "Sun Aisha". A chick flick fare with a lot of banter thrown in. The only query being would the middle class fraternity lap it up as it is an out and out adventure with an elite frame.

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