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Movie Review: The Perfect Girl – More like an Imperfect Apparition…


Cast: Teeshay, Tara Alisha Berry, Vikram Singh Chauhan, Raju Kher, Smita Hai, Shishir Sharma

Director: Prakash Nambiar

Rating: * *

Runtime: 96 mins

This film tries hard to make us believe in the concept of love that was once forgotten becoming twice as memorable. While the narrative begins intriguingly by pulling out a spoof modeled on the anti-smoking campaign, about unrequited love and how it can be just as harmful as a truck load of cigarettes, the real story begins only when the hero, Jai(Teeshay) a 35 year old MBBS pass out who is at the crossroads career wise , goes home to Mom. He shares an apartment with his friend Karthik(Vikram Singh Chauhan) and pops in at home whenever the mood takes him. His folks are all set to get him interested in Tanisha but our hero with a ridiculous looking, unwashed, hippie wig is not interested. Why? …because suddenly he remembers his only true connection with a girl which happened 15 years ago, that too while on a holiday in Goa.

He confides in his friend and therein the flashback begins. And what passes of as makings of a romance, is silly , meaningless, banter that tries to get a little too wise for the age group it’s targeted at. And by the end of it all you are tearing your hair out in sheer frustration.

It’s just a one day acquaintance, and Jai doesn’t even get wannabe installation artist, Vedika(Tara Alicia Berry)’s complete number to take the relationship further. And I believe he tried hard. Fifteen years later, it’s Karthik who prompts him to try and find her out through social network and google. Karthik in fact does all the research and finds a list of galleries for Jai to go traipsing all over the city. He finally gets to her but a misunderstanding stretches the final coming together for another fifteen minutes. By then you just want this to end any which ways.

There’s nothing really stellar  about this enterprise other than the beauteous camerawork that makes Mumbai and Goa look like much sought after international locations. The production values are of course spiffy and the performances are overburdened by boring and extremely tedious verbosity. Teeshay and Tara Alisha Berry fit in but are unable to generate any sparks to keep you interested. Prakash Nambiar’s direction basically nisses the wood for the trees. If he had concentrated on developing dtronger and more tangible motivation for the hero to pursue a forgotten past, this film would have been something else altogether.  And that’s the pity really!