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Just Married

Aprajita Anil

Posted: Mar 16, 2007 at 2057 hrs IST

Rating: **

Cast: Fardeen Khan (Abhay Sachdeva), Esha Deol (Ritika Khanna), Bikram Saluja (Rishab), Perizaad Zorabian Irani (Anu), Sadia SiddiqueM (Anaya), Mukul Dev (Shoaib), Kirron Kher, Saitish Shah, Tarina Patel, Raj Zutshi

Director: Meghna Gulzar

Just Married is colourful. Not in terms of script or in terms of performance and neither do I mean the characters. The cinematography - there’s so much colour and so much vibrancy that the film would make you feel… not-bored!

It’s based on a very usual theme – relationships. A guy and a girl, who’ve barely met are arranged (!) by parents to get married. There’s no problem as such yet a hitch.

Ritika, an educated, well-settled 21st century girl is married to Abhay, an IT-professional. The couple set off for their honeymoon. Beginning a new life is not their only issue. It’s about knowing each other, getting comfortable with each other and accepting each other.

Well the five-day honeymoon begins. Abhay tries hard to make Ritika feel comfortable. He tries to be a good friend, a good mate, acts funny, becomes romantic. But things are not easy for Ritika. She finds it difficult to accept the fact that she’s sharing her life with a complete stranger and tries too hard to maintain a huge space. All is well till they walk, talk and have fun but when Abhay wants to consummate the marriage, Ritika freaks out.

Abhay loses his patience and by the time Ritika realises the need for togetherness, it’s time to go back. Well the journey doesn’t quite end there. Ritika does get her time, only the situation is perhaps not apt!

There are three other couples too. Out to celebrate their 40th anniversary (Kiron Kher and Satish Kaushik), they are old, they are grumpy, yet the love and need for each other remains undying.

Then there is Rishab and Anu, who are on their 3rd honeymoon… or third vacation. Beautiful couple, with loads of love in store. Yet something seems to be incomplete.

Anaya and Shoaib. There’s love and togetherness but not without a problem. Anaya is Shoaib’s kid sister’s friend. He’s known her since childhood, played with her, fought with her and now can’t seem to accept her as a wife.

Then finally the together-but-not-married couple (Tarina Patel, Raj Zutshi). Both have their own choices, own dislikes and an extra bit of independence, which backfires at times.

Now tying together so many characters is no easy job. And we’ve seen it in several movies off late. While Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd managed to make magic, Saalam-e-Ishq fell flat. This is no different.

To begin with, you’ll wonder… why so many characters? What was their importance? Did they convey any extra bit of information?

Heck no! Maybe Meghna Gulzar wanted to relate the story of different faces of relationships… or different stages of relationships. But the useless complications and unwanted climaxes made no sense. Logic failed to keep the theme in tune.

Performance wise, Meghna did extract good calibre. Fardeen delivers decent and so did Esha. While Fardeen seems to be growing with every work of his, Esha, most importantly, has looked different and prettier.

Other actors too are good although their characters fail to establish an identity.

But the couple which takes away the cake is Kiran Kher and Satish Kaushik. Their presence is refreshing and they give ample scope to laugh and giggle.

Music is average and the choreography is nothing to cheer about.

Meghna Gulzar’s attempt to discover relationships has not clicked too well. The film does keep you glued to the screen initially, however, it loses its power gradually and seems to be unending.

Overall, it’s nothing great.

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