Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Shreyas Talpade, Muzamil Ibrahim, Mugdha Godse, Paresh Rawal, Tripta Prashar
Director: Aditya Datt
Either the new age girls are too desperate to fall in and out of love all the time or they simply don’t give a damn about anything other than their own selves. At least, the director Aditya Datt's 'Will You Marry Me' tries to convince this.
The film is about three bachelors Aarav (Shreyas Talpade), Nikhil (Muzamil Ibrahim) and Rajveer (Rajeev Khandelwal) who along with eleven other college mates sign a contract which has two clauses. The first clause says that all of them have to purchase certain number of Reliance shares, and the second rule explains all the shares will go to the man who will remain unmarried till the end. Slowly and steadily people start to break away from the rule and only Nikhil, Rajveer and Aarav remain single. Nikhil is in love with his childhood friend Anjali (Tripta Prashar) and wants to settle down with her but the other two have no such plans, but they find the proceedings interesting after discovering Anjali's best friend Sneha (Mugdha Godse) at the wedding venue.
Suddenly all the plans to remain bachelor till the end vanishes and the two start trying real hard to win Sneha's heart. Meanwhile one of Rajveer's friends gives him Rs 5 crore to keep but the sharp witted Rajveer invests the money in the stock market, only to find that the company he invested in has crashed and a powerful business magnate (Paresh Rawal) is after his life.
Rajveer plans to convince Aarav to get married to Sneha so that he could get all the Reliance shares and can pay his due. All his plans go down the gutter when Aarav manages to listen to a secret conversation.
Now, everything is on stake, right from Nikhil's dream wedding to Rajveer's life.
'Will You Marry Me' has a lot of flaws, and they are visible since the opening credits. Rolling names in pink over a white background suggests the feminine nature of the story, at least as per the normal perception but it is masculine in its gaze. Even if you don't raise the question of morality of the characters they still need to have solid motives which this film lacks. The lead characters are constrained in their spaces; in fact there are more than five prime characters demanding a fine balance in writing but the writer has decided to remain superficial.
The creative team of the film has failed to come up with a glossy film. Core narrative strategy lacks vision and dialogues lack the punch.
Further, the lead actors don't look convincing as college students. I appreciate the efforts Rajeev Khandelwal puts into his characters but such 'Casanova' kind of roles don't suit him. This film also unveils flaws in his dialogue delivery. Sometimes you need to speak without chewing your words.
Shreyas Talpade has done well in comic roles in the past but the inexperienced director has not used his potential properly, but that doesn't mean Shreyas has tried to remain true to his role. Half hearted efforts are noticeable during the climax when he looks simply clueless and out of touch.
Muzamil Ibrahim still needs to learn a lot about screen acting. He has done some glaring mistakes like standing in the middle of the frame with a straight face. He is a former model so committing mistake in angle selection is not acceptable.
Mugdha Godse's appearance doesn't fit into the conventional Hindi film heroine frame but she looks cool in songs. However, acting is not her cup of tea either.
The climax is uselessly dragged and doesn't evoke any enthusiasm in the viewer's mind.
The camera work is ordinary, so is the editing but the real disappointment is the music of the film. Just one song 'Superman' catches some imagination otherwise the album is a dud.
The portrayal of gay community in the film can raise some eyebrows. Their representation is not sympathetic.
'Will You Marry Me' disappoints big time and the storyteller fails to weave any magic. Overall score can't go beyond 1.5 out of 5.
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