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Movie Review: Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon – Brain dead yet intermittently entertaining


Cast: Kapil Sharma, Elli Avram, Simran Kaur Mundi, Amrita Puri, Sai Lokur, Majari Phadnis, Supriya Pathak, Sharat Saxena, Manoj Joshi, Jamie Lever, varun Sharma

Director: Abbas Mustan

Rating: * * ½

Runtime:  133 mins  

A forced comedy that generates it’s few laughs merely on the play of words and superb comic timing from the lead actor and his side-kick, ‘Kis Kisko …’ is no laugh-riot though.

Bholu (Kapil Sharma) is his name and he is so innocent as to fall victim to forced intractable marriages to three desperate women. The first one (Manjari Phadnis) entraps him at her dying father’s hospital bed, the second (Amrita Puri) gets into knots with him when her boyfriend refuses to run away with her and the third (Simran Kaur Mundi) falls for his photograph, used as a lure by his friend to extort money from desperate parents wanting to wed off their socially sullied daughter. There’s a fourth contender too, his girlfriend (Elli Avram) who he wants to marry for she is his first love. Add to that some confusion over his parents’ divorce and subsequent courtship, Bholu’s girlfriend’s father (Manoj Joshi)’s crazy antics, one of his wife’s brother (Arbaaz Khan)’s bhai giri and the housemaid (Jamie Lever)’s incorrigible verbal and facial gymnastics . Bholu also has a single, lawyer friend (Varun Sharma) who advices him on all things personal and also steps in when Bholu gets into a soup- which is inevitable, given the set-up. They are all one note characters that have pre-ordained trajectories that are meant to converge eventually.

Screenplay and story writer Anukalp Goswami sets up a karva Chauth nite to inveigle in the doubts and then hosts a wedding ceremony to raise the pitch and finally reveal all.  It’s mad runabout and has a few chuckle worthy moments in it’s favor. While the narrative  portrays women in an offensive dumb-belle manner, the men too suffer a similar fate. There’s no intelligence to be had here. The entire set-up is contrived and better suited to a sitcom than a big screen cinema. Kapil is the film’s mainstay and holds fort with great elan. His comic timing is impeccable and his dialogue delivery, typical of his TV show, gets him going for good. Don’t expect logic or intelligence from this retrograde set-up and you won’t be disappointed!