Ru Ba Ru is a copy of the Jennifer Love Hewitt starrer If Only. That film about live-in lovers whose relationship changes after a serious automobile accident, went straight to DVD in the US. Which makes me wonder, if you are going to rip-off a film, why not at least find one that worked in the first place.
But debutant director Arjun Chandramohan Bali reworks this limp love story, setting it in Bangkok where Nikhil and Tara, a busy ad executive and a budding singer-actress, fight, cuddle, annoy each other, kiss, argue, cry and then, thankfully, one of them gets bumped off in a car accident.
While their non-stop banter might sound like many marriages you know, watching them do it is as much fun as watching paint dry. It's pure and absolute tedium.
Death brings some traction into the plot but then we are forced to relive the same day again, this time, with the protagonists making the right choices. In case you still haven't got the message, Nikhil spells it out for you: Hum log future mein kushi doondte hain but life is now.
The actors Randeep Hooda and Shahana Goswami are under a lot of pressure because this film wholly rides upon their talent and charm. Unfortunately both buckle under.
She's an attractive presence and manages to hold your attention for some time at least. Randeep's impassive face worked well in D but here he comes off as strained and stiff.
Ru Ba Ru isn't much fun. Steer clear.