spit: Riteish Deshmukh, wish Bhatia
Director: Chachanka Ghosh
evaluation: 2 stars (out of 5)
Pure Bevel has been shown as a profound guru, Plan A Plan B It is the rom-com that creeps to the surface of matters of the heart as men and women, whether they are entering into marriage or withdrawing from it, negotiating the sharp bends in the road. The movie revolves around it without much of a roadmap. The result is a flimsy case that leaves much to the actors to save.
streaming on Netflix, Plan A Plan BDirected by Chachanka Ghosh (Khoobsurat, Veere Di Wedding) and written by Rajat Arora (Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Dirty Picture), it offers an uninspiring look at cliched opposites that attract each other and delivers the idea of an easy-to-follow tale about the matchmaker/marriage counselor/psychologist who comes out Her trade from a co-working space also houses a tense divorce attorney’s office.
No prizes to guess, Nerali Vora (Tamana Bhatia) and Kaustube “Kusti” Shogoli (Ritesh Deshmukh) have not lost their love for each other. The two have been unlucky in their relationships, and the past is about how they deal with obsessions and mental obstacles.
Plan A Plan B He oscillates between the empty and the obnoxious in search of a sweet spot. All you can reach is the bottom of the barrel. The movie volunteers a lot of information about the two main characters, yet it doesn’t make us invest in their fate.
While the friendly Nerali thrives on bringing people together and saving marriages that are about to fall apart, the latter, a lawyer who specializes in divorce and child custody cases, derives her happiness from helping couples for good. He insists there is no point in determining what happened.
Nerali has inherited the matchmaking business of her fun-loving widowed mother Kiran (Poonam Dillon), who continues to live because she believes age is nothing but a number. But the daughter could not live a personal tragedy. Her friend Seema (Kosha Capella) wants to help her deal with the loss and move on. Nirali struggles to leave her past behind.
Crispy Kosty is worse off. His marriage has exploded. His estranged wife, Ronjun (Pedita Baj in a racy veil) wants a divorce immediately. Kosty, so quick to jump the gun when it comes to his clients, is hesitant. Bitter and miserable, he drinks, dances and communicates with girls on a dating app.
The lead actors give their best, but, saddled with an incomplete scenario swimming in shallow waters, their efforts to play to bring the actions to life fail to make a tangible difference in how the film is shaped.
Plan A Plan B She looks pretty and smart at first, but none of her jokes, hopelessly corny, land. “Reconciliation of people in the time of Tinder,” Kosti scoffs at Nirali’s call. A slogan on a doormat outside the man’s room says “Marriage is dead.” But Kosti hates giving his failed marriage a proper and speedy legal burial.
In the next glass room, Nerali strives to make the quarreling couples see the logic and give each other a second chance, but she can’t help but react angrily to the constant needle she is subjected to. She calls it “Caustic Chougule” and doesn’t hold back when she is overwhelmed with indignation.
Unlike the columns and everything packed into the movie without any room for novelty, it’s easy to see the final twist coming from a mile and a half away, which in film terms would translate into a full 100 minutes of Plan A Plan B.
As a group of other third characters enter and exit Nirali and Kosty’s offices, the movie dwells on the relationship between the two feuding characters and moves in a direction that points to him from the moment the movie begins. The twists and turns, if any, are superficial at best and add little value to a meager story.
This does not mean that Plan A Plan B He has absolutely nothing to offer to a discerning fan of the relationship series. The breeze starts enough that it sets the stage for the Nirali Kosti fireworks. However, it all goes downhill from there as the expected thaw begins (and feelings flare up) thanks to a bond – which is based on his fondness for dance – as a divorce lawyer develops with the matchmaker’s mother as the latter prepares to celebrate her 60th birthday.
Plan A Plan B He exhausted all his potential in double fast time and groped in the dark for an elusive plan C. This is where the movie spreads.
Riteish Deshmukh does a great job of portraying the grumpy male protagonist. Tamannaah Bhatia serves as the perfect face for a woman who represents positivity despite her own problems. Poonam Dillon, while hilarious and lively, doesn’t quite shy away from the movie.
Kusha Kapila, who plays the heroine’s girlfriend and best friend, gets a word or two on the edge, but the character doesn’t develop beyond being just a soundboard. Pedeta Bagh, with a two-scene look, makes an impression that belies the reductive nature of the role.
Plan A Plan B Much less intelligent than you think. It’s certainly not mindless, but a lot of the movie flaunts the jungle and merchandising ideas that have been done to death by better, more impactful films.
Two star rating for Plan A Plan B It’s just for the two stars who stay on track even when the movie goes viral.