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.