I Hate Luv Storys

Rating: 2/4 (A sorely muddled romantic comedy that leaves the viewer exasperated.)

If you are going to mock someone, your game be better good. I Hate Luv Storys tries to mock the formulaic Bollywood romantic movies, but it turns out to be just as boring as the worst of them. The movie stars Sonam Kapoor as a love-smitten girl and Imran Khan who hides under a rock at the mere mention of love and commitment. Ironically, both of them are working on the sets of a Karan-Johar-style romantic movie called Pyar Pyar Pyar (sic). Sonam has been in a steady but boring relationship with her boyfriend (Dhyan) since childhood. Imran drops in, stirs the waters a bit, attracts Sonam. But, he finally loses her since he cannot commit to a relationship. Predictably, he has to woo back Sonam in a never-ending overly-complicated mess of a climax.

Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan are a great on-screen pair, especially for a romantic comedy. Imran continues to be completely incapable of emoting through dramatic scenes. (Remember Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na?) The premise of the movie is great, but the plot is so muddled that it turns out to be a long drawn confusing affair. The movie has some great tracks which have been on my playlist for several months. My favorites are Bin Tere (both the original and the acoustic guitar versions) and Bahara. I Hate Luv Storys is a sorely muddled romantic comedy that leaves the viewer exasperated.


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