Yash Raj Films’ second Hindi release of 2014 is a romantic comedy titled Bewakoofiyaan starring Ayushman Khurana, best known for his performance in the 2012 classic Vicky Donor. The multi-talented actor has been cast opposite Sonam Kapoor, who had a terrific 2013 with films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Raanjhanaa. Will Bewakoofiyaan continue her winning streak? Will the film give Ayushman his much-needed hit after the failure of his last film Nautanki Saala? Let’s find out.
Story: Mohit (Ayushman Khurana), a senior marketing executive in an airline company, is in love with a successful independent banker Myrah Sehgal (Sonam Kapoor). The two decide to get married. All hell breaks loose when Mohit meets Myrah’s father V.K Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor). He rejects Mohit, but decides to give him a chance as long as he proves to be worthy of his daughter’s hand. The condition though is that he will have the final say. Just when Mohit goes out of his way to impress VK Sehgal, the airline industry is hit hard by the ongoing recession and he ends up losing his job. What happens when Sehgal finds out that Mohit is jobless? That he is on the verge of going bankrupt?
Review: Bewakoofiyaan is a light-hearted entertainer that starts well, has plenty of dull moments in between, picks up pace in the beginning of the second half, drops pace again with all the unnecessarily twists and finally ends with a climax that leaves a smile on your face. If you walk-in expecting a film that focuses on how recession can affect young budding relationships, you’ll walk out disappointed, as Bewakoofiyaan is more about how Mohit manages to convince Myrah’s father. In fact, Rishi Kapoor has about the same screen-time as Sonam, or probably even a little more!
While Nupur Ashthana’s directs the film well, it’s Habib Faisal’s writing that disappoints. Also, the romance doesn’t work because the lead couple lack chemistry. Apart from those fun moments between Rishi and Ayushman in the second half, the film has very little to offer.
Editing could have been crisper. Cinematography is top-notch. The film has a couple of good songs, Gulcharrey is one of them.
Performances: Rishi Kapoor is undoubtedly the star of the show, yet again. He is brilliant as VK Sehgal. Watch out for the scene when he decides to learn the computer and stumbles upon a video game. His child like enthusiasm, expressions and the energy that he brings to his character is what will stay with you long after the closing credits role.
Ayushman Khurana is good. His dialogue-delivery, which was getting repetitive, has improved. But his chemistry with Sonam Kapoor, disappoints big-time. Sonam does well too, looks pretty, shares a couple of awkward dance steps to poorly choreographed songs and shares better chemistry with Rishi than Ayushman.
Overall, if you absolutely must, watch Bewakoofiyaan for Rishi Kapoor’s stellar performance. Else, there is a better film running in theatres this weekend.