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Love U Family: Premeditated nonsense


Cast: Salman Yusuf Khan, Aksha Pardasani, Kashyap, Manoj Joshi, Navni Parihar, Sonika Gill, Elena Kazan, Usman Khan, Mushtaq Khan, Sunil Pal, Shakti Kapoor

Director: Sachindra Sharma

A family social, the storyline has divorcee remarriage at its heart but it’s not played out with any sensitivity or understanding of the issue at hand. Instead what we get is a set of ham-handed U-turns that all too obligingly allows the lead characters to look good and oh-so-sacrificing.

Khushi (Aksha) is the much-beloved daughter of a well-off Gujarati couple, the Devan is (Manoj Joshi & Navni Parihar). The Beti Padhao angle has been all-too-conveniently appropriated with a token honorary mention in the opening credits (aspiring for a tax-free certificate?) but it’s not treated with the dignity and respect such a cause rightfully deserves.

Khushi junks her studies and her family the minute she falls in love with an unsuitable dance teacher, the DID winner Raj (Salman Yusuf Khan). From a palatial flat to a plus one slum is a tough compromise. And this love, not being respectful of parents, is not allowed to survive poverty or brutishness.

The next we know, it’s five years later, Khushi, back in good books with her parents, now a successful CEO is being pursued by a never-take-no-for-an-answer Punjabi boy, Avi (Kashyap) who works as her subordinate. Her parents think he is suitable but Khushi, ice in her veins, is yet to melt into submissiveness.

The story is stereotypical of the Bollywood mindset, blind to subtleties and nuances and without any imaginative thrusts. The Bollywood work-life universe, as is typical, is conveniently shrouded in mystery. Khushi’s sudden rise in the corporate world is taken as a given and her acceptance of Daddy’s choice also comes too easily.

The narrative feels uneven and given to abrupt cuts. Songs are melodious but there’s nothing catchy to hold on to. Aksha who has done some south films before this and Salman Yusuf Khan (last seen in ABCD), are presentable, Manoj Joshi and Navni Parihar are efficient, but fresh find Kashyap looks a little too gawky and ill-at-ease to have been comfortable. Director Sachindra Sharma may have perfected the homely Bollywood set-up but his idea of family love remains constipated and unreal!