Folks, if you are planning on watching Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani this weekend we strongly urge you to think twice.
Hey, think thrice too because who knows if you’ll have a job soon.
A chorus of Indian movie critics is none too pleased with this Ranbir Kapoor-Katrina Kaif film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.
Indian film critics are describing the movie as an ‘agonizing bore,’ ‘frustratingly uneven,’ ‘annoyingly tedious’ and a ‘mediocrity.’
Here are excerpts from the unflattering reviews of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani:
Director Rajkumar Santoshi’s latest comedy tries too hard to maintain an even tempo, but….the film is an agonizing bore.
…..The film itself is too long by twenty minutes, and suffers considerably on account of its loose script. The second half, in particular, is an endurance test for its silliness.
Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, a comedy set in a comic book universe, is a frustratingly uneven film. Some of it is genuinely funny and delightful and some of it is repetitive, and annoyingly tedious.
….The trouble is that the film cannot maintain this tone and energy. So, the humour dips and the gags become forced.
At times, the film strains so hard for laughs that it almost feels like the director is beating you with a stick and ordering you to enjoy it.
Santoshi’s latest….oscillates between silent movie slapstick and moronic farce, between memorable witticisms and melodrama so extreme it can only be for laughs.
….The film is let down by running time, frustrating excursions into melodrama and a very weak soundtrack. The songs here just stop the gags from flowing, and while the melodrama is intentionally over the top and stagey, it frequently jars and there’s a bit too much of it.
[T]he film could’ve done with a fresh plotline. When you talk of ‘Ghazab Kahani’, it has to be ghazab by all means. It shouldn’t fall prey to predictability, but the second hour succumbs to mediocrity occasionally
….But the second hour makes you a little grumpy. The third angle of the triangle [Upen Patel] isn’t convincing, while his father’s [Govind Namdeo] track is beaten to death. Even the villain [Zakir Hussain] is a sore point.
Watching the second hour makes you feel that the film may’ve had a longer running time and in order to bring down the length, a number of scenes must’ve been chopped off, which, in turn, must’ve resulted in continuity lapses. For instance, Katrina’s kidnap by the villains looks too sudden. When and how did it occur?
Of course, some of the above critics may have also found a few nice things to say about Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani but overall they don’t seem very pleased with the movie.
Stay at home, folks. Donâ€™t waste your time and money.
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