Cast: Barun Sobti, Shenaz Treasurywala
Dir: Adeeb Rais
Going by the title, it’s quite evident that this film is all about a girl’s pursuit of her ideal man. But it isn’t. Main Aur Mr Right has much more to offer owing to several interesting elements – not just in terms of its story – that come across as a whiff of breath air. The sad part is they fizzle out either due to lack of depth in execution or plain ignorance concerning stark loopholes. A tighter film, featuring actors who can actually act, would have served the script better.
The female protagonist who runs a casting agency appears like she’s leading a perfect life. So much so she ensures everything from the rose in a vase to a strand of her locks has to be in order. In reality, she knows what’s going on but it takes her a while to accept it. In the meantime, she bumps into a struggling actor who is persuaded to play her boyfriend in front of her friends.
It is supposed to be a plan to shut them up as they are always taunting her about her non-existent Mr Right. Despite knowing very well that she is taking a huge gamble with him given his background, she goes ahead foolhardily and grooms him up for the part. He was paid to pretend but he ends up revealing the cracks in the aforementioned friend circle. And that’s also the high point of the otherwise cliched film.
The director could have been more ambitious because the half-heartedness in onscreen performances is too obvious to overlook. The same applies to the editor who could have easily chopped off some unneeded attempts at audition trials.
The dialogues are bland for the most part and songs, forgettable. For the record, this is perhaps the first film in a long time that keeps reminding you that it’s based in Mumbai but doesn’t take you on an outdoor tour. Among the upsides, momentary respite happens when the two lead characters are sharing the same frame. Similarly, there are some insightful messages delivered on why relationships break.
In terms of performance, Varun Sobti makes a promising impression with his debut feature film. There’s something charming about the way he carries himself on the big screen. To her credit, this has to be Shenaz Treasurywala’s finest performance till date. Having said that, her accent works against her. The supporting cast – buoyed by their hamming skills – does very little to support the film.
In an ideal world, this film would haven’t surpassed 1.5 hours runtime. Since we don’t live in an ideal world, it runs for more than two hours.