The Rajshri’s have once again resorted to their time
and tested sweetly cloying formula for their latest, ‘Love U... Mr
Kalaakar’ – andthis despite the blink and you miss disaster called ‘Isi
Life Mein. ’ The characters are the same in every Rajshri film.
There may be a few variations here and there in their behaviour but the
overall picture remains the same. Here a struggling artist Sahil
(Tushar Kapoor) meets sweet and pretty lil rich girl Ritu (Amrita
Arora) and before you can say cheese, they are in love and want
to meet the parents. Sahil lost his parents in an accident a few
years ago so it’s a no show there.
Ritu’s father(Ram Kapoor) is the boss of the company that Sahil
freelances for. Sahil meets Mr Magnate to ask for his daughter’s hand
in marriage but Ritu’s father is not impressed at first glance. A
second chance is given and Saahil is challenged to prove his
capabilities as a Managing Director. He has to increase the turnover of
the company if he wants to win his lady love. A Rajshri hero
would never run away with the girl so Sahil gets down to proving his
mettle, impresses his father-in-law-to-be and wins his girl too.
After that he goes back to being a kalaakar! So what’s your point Mr
Barjatya? Promoting Family values and ethics are all very
well but what about the struggles within?
S Manasvi is credited with the screenplay and direction but it’s
anybody’s guess that Sooraj and team would have had a strong hand
at doctoring the script to make it look like it came right out of
a sugar factory. The film is old-fashioned, clichéd and
riddled with unreal characters. The candy coloured tones, sterile
ingratiating run of play and pretentiousness inherent in the
narrative spiel makes for uninteresting viewing. Amrita Rao looks
pretty and naive, Tushar works at his sincerity diligently , Ram Kapoor
(bursting out of his seams) makes us believe in his love for his
daughter and Madhoo who essays his unlucky-in-love widowed sister,
looks well tended. It’s the look and not the performance
that matters in a Rajshri film. The superficial always has a higher
value here. It’s high time they realised that sugar-coated fantasies
have little purchase with today’s audience!
Rating: * *