Cast:Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonalli Sehgal, Nushrat Bharucha, Ishita Sharma
Pyaar Ka Punchnama, written and directed by debutant Luv Ranjan, starts out with some promise, echoing Dil Chahta Hai with a laid-back, buddy vibe but that evaporates as soon as the women appear.
Played by Nushrat Bharucha, Sonali Sehgal and Ishitta Sharma, these women are uniformly intolerable. I didn’t want to spend five minutes with them so I couldn’t understand why these men devote so much time and energy to making them happy.
The plot is inert and the dialogue, vacuous. The film feels like it’s in slow-motion. Nothing much happens for a very long time.
The boys Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma and Kartikeya Tiwari are much, much better than the girls – Divyendu and Kartikeya even manage to infuse some emotional heft into the proceedings but finally, this script proves to be too high a hurdle to clear.
I’m going with two stars.