Disclaimer: Well we aren’t a Karan Johar fan/hater (so you can count this review).
Karan Johar once again tried to play around his strength – a romantic drama (this time with a contemporary flavour). He taps upon the 'Love vs Friendship' conflict (of course the most over used word in the review but guess this is the most clichéd concept in films too) and manages to dish out a watchable drama. The best part is his clarity over the conflict point in the plot and the way he acknowledges the paradoxes in it.
We all deal with both love and friendship (and sometimes the fateful conflict too) in our daily lives and it has been evolving over the ages. Karan tries to reflect all the contemporary perspectives, flaws, strengths and paradoxes in his writing. His characters and impeccable actors do this job for him. Though that desperate attempt not to sound clichéd and melodramatic was quite evident now and then, Karan was successful in keeping it engaging, if not endearing.
The first half was a fun ride and a predictable yet emotional pre-interval block give you those ‘hit’ vibes (abhi picture baaki hai mere dosth). Except Aishwarya's episode, the second half is nothing but a squib.
Looks like Karan largely relied upon performances to pull off without much magic in his writing. And the ‘musical love story’ expectation is just a bubble...Uhahaha! (yes...supposed to be a villainy laugh).Music: