Here we go. Yet another film with Luv/ Love/Pyaar in the title. This one stands out however; it™s the most humdrum of the lot. The story is about a bored housewife Madhu (Shifaali Shah) pushed to despair by her workaholic husband™s indifference.Taking a cue from her children™s handiwork she decides that ˜today is the start of the rest of (her) life™ and goes on to celebrate her birthday painting the town red, solo.next she hooks up with a gun-toting, passport-forging criminal Raghav (Rahul Bose) and under the illusion that she™s helping with a detective™s case, decides to spend the day with him.
How did this film with two very talented actors and an interesting concept to begin with go so awry? Shah and Bose sincerely attempt to rise above the bland writing, but for every performance/chemistry spark there is a cheesy line (˜Sada suhaagan ka matlab hota hai pati ke pehle mar jaao™; declared totally out of context) and forced plotting to unravel it all.Even though Bose™s Mumbai street talk is unnatural, his silences communicate well. His interpretation of character is solid and it takes the slightest action for him to elicit the occasional laugh.Shifaali Shah™s transition isn™t entirely convincing but it™s in the last few scenes we see her for what she truly is: a real performer. If only the rest of the script allowed them to open up enough.There is a lack of motivation for scene to move on to the next. Madhu™s decision to become a detective™s sidekick is not convincing enough. It™s one thing to treat yourself to a makeover and a new car but for a mother of two who admits to have never done anything ˜wrong™ in her life to become Robin to a stranger is quite another.
It would™ve perhaps worked better if Raghav had drawn her into his scheme, used her to forward his specific plans, and to save his own derriere. Instead he hops into her shiny red car and asks her to drive wherever she pleases. What™s more, he even decides to walk away once or twice before Madhu spots him. So why sit in the first place Mr Passport?