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One of the things that matters most in a comedy of errors is how the main character gets out of the mess he’s created, but the resolution to Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (“Who Should I Love“) is the film’s downfall.
The man responsible for the troubles in Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon — KKPK, henceforth — is Shiv Ram Kishan (Kapil Sharma). His efforts to help three different women end up with him married to all three. He marries Juhi (Manjari Phadnis) to honor her father’s dying wish. He marries Simran (Simran Kaur Mundi) to preserve her dignity when his buddy leaves her at the altar. And he’s forced to marry Anjali (Sai Lokur) by her gangster brother, Tiger-Bhai (Arbaaz Khan).
Shiv’s best friend, Karan (Varun Sharma), persuades his pal to move all of the wives into the same apartment building: Juhi on the fourth floor, Anjali on the sixth floor, and Simran on the eighth floor. That cuts down on Shiv’s commute, giving him more time to woo the one woman he truly loves, a dancer named Deepika (Elli Avram).
Much of the plot consists of near misses in which Shiv’s scheme is almost revealed. The funniest of those bits involve Anjali’s feisty maid, Champa (Jamie Lever). The least funny involve Tiger-Bhai, who can speak perfectly but is completely deaf, a gimmick that becomes tired almost immediately.
There’s a cute subplot involving Shiv’s divorced parents, played by Sharat Saxena and Supriya Pathak. Shiv tries to conceal the truth from both of them, but they are too busy falling back in love with one another. Romantic music swells and a fan softly blows Mom’s hair when Dad sees her. It’s a more compelling relationship than all four of Shiv’s combined.
KKPK is about thirty minutes too long, the close calls losing their tension as they accumulate. When it’s finally time for Shiv to answer for his actions, he gives a speech deflecting all responsibility onto his wives, blaming (what he perceives as) their fragile emotional natures. He even holds his mother partially responsible, claiming that he’s just following her orders to never break a woman’s heart.
Shiv offers a bleak assessment of modern marital obligations. By his reckoning, he’s holding up his end of the bargain by providing each wife with a nice apartment and money for shopping. It’s enough that he tells each of them, “I love you,” even though he doesn’t mean it.
They should also be happy with the five minutes he spends with each of them each day. Never mind that none of them work, and that Simran’s only human contact comes from short-tempered Champa. Juhi and Anjali don’t have maids and are alone all day, yet Shiv thinks five minutes is enough fulfill his duty to them.
Speaking of duty, none of these marriages appear to have been consummated. The most physical contact Shiv has with his wives is a peck on the check. That, and his aggressive rejection of Anjali’s sexual advances. Though there’s some mention of him rotating nights with each spouse, the movie never shows him waking up in any of their apartments. Isn’t sex one of Shiv’s marital duties?
It’s a question that directing duo Abbas Mustan and writer Anukalp Goswami choose to ignore. Instead, we are left with Juhi, Simran, Anjali, and even Deepika defined only in relation to Shiv, a mouse of a man. Given how funny most of KKPK is, the story’s resolution is a real disappointment.
Another film with an underwhelming rating. It seems you’ve had a run for bad films lately.
Side note – the lead character is Shiv Ram Kishan which can be modified to SRK. I’m thinking that it is no accident that two of the three leading ladies are called Simran and Anjali which are the names of two characters played by Kajol in two of SRK greatest hits – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Good catch on the character names, Mike. The other two are named after two of SRK’s other famous leading ladies: Juhi Chawla and Deepika Padukone.
You never told us what you thought about the acting or music? 🙂
That’s because I didn’t think much of either, Bhavika. 😉 The music was forgettable. Jamie, Supriya, and Sharat were the highlights among the actors. Kapil did just fine in his debut, and the wives were all fine, too. I’m not a fan of Varun Sharma, and this didn’t do anything to change that. Side note: Elli has dynamite legs.
Kathy, your comment about Elli’s dynamite legs made this slightly more tempting, but I think I’ll still give it a miss. Amazingly there are seven Asian films on at our local multiplex at the moment. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is still on after many weeks, but the other six just don’t grab me. I did go to see Jawani Phir Nahi Aani last night. That’s from Pakistan and not India, but it was actually very good and much better than a lot of the stuff that comes out of Pakistan. If they keep releasing more films like this it would be awesome, as alas, I find so many Pakistani films overtly sexist and needlessly violent. In that respect I found Jawani Phir Nahi Aani a breath of fresh air and worth checking out if it is in a cinema near you Kathy.
I wanted to go again tonight though as I’ve got a 40% off coupon that expires today, but the only thing that I was remotely tempted by was Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon and your whopping 1.5 rating put me off somewhat.
Considering your 40% off coupon, Paul, you’d have gotten good value if you watched the first 90 minutes of KKPK and skipped the final 40 minutes, when things get frustrating. Credit to the costume department for finding shorts that made the most of Elli’s great gams!
When I went to the cinema on Friday, there were about 15 people in the theater with me for KKPK. I asked at the ticket counter, and they hadn’t sold any tickets for the morning showing of Jawani Phir Nahi Aani. Sounds like people missed out on a good film.
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