Let’s see, the microphone dipped and appeared onscreen in several shots, the acting was too low key by some actors and too over the top by others, and worst of all, the whole direction the film takes hinges on a misunderstanding that could have easily been cleared up way earlier than it was.
This film is the directorial debut of Manish Gupta, and stars Raj Vasudeva as the recently arrived IT engineer Naveen Reddy, and Shweta Malhotra as Megha, the 2nd gen girl of Gujurati origin who meets and falls in love with him. Along the way, Naveen is treated badly by his exploitative boss, Bobby Patel, who warns him off Indian-American girls as “too much to handle.” There are assorted friends on both sides, including Rushi, who refers to FOBs not as “Eff-Oh-Bees,” but rather “fobs”, and tells of responding to one who asked her what time it was, only to find the hapless guy instantly smitten with her. Ugh.
The two lead actors are the only ones who engender any believability for how they handle themselves in their roles. The rest of the film screams “First time attempt.” And it succumbs to the worst error that some Hindi movies make, which is dragging out a plot twist.
In this film, someone lies and leads Megha and her family to believe that Naveen is married already, the wife back in India while he looks for a U.S. girl for a green card. Had this been real life, I can’t believe that no one would have actually said to Naveen much earlier on “How could you be married and lie about it?” Instead, after 2 or 3 (I lost count) encounters after the erroneous tip surfaces, all that was said by the actors were frustratingly vague, indirect statements, going nowhere near the actual issue at hand, when you know someone really should have burst out the truth in anger.
See it or skip it?