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Pyaar Ke Side Effects
Producer: Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Starring: Rahul Bose, Mallika Sherawat, Ranveer Shourey, Sophie Chaudhary
Music: Pritam (remixes by; DJ Sunil Spinz, DJ Kiran and DJ A-Myth)
Lyrics: Mayur Puri (raps written by; Bob, Suzy and Ishq Vector)
Genre: Comedy
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: 15 September 2006
Reviewed by: Ekanshu Khera  - Rating: 7.5 / 10
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Bollywood is breaking new grounds. Most production houses are experimenting with new scripts, directors, and styles of filmmaking. Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) best known for their medium-budget, experimental and unconventional films like “Chameli”, “Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena”, “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi”, and “Jhankar Beats” have once again introduced us to a novel idea in filmmaking with their latest production – “Pyaar Ke Side Effects”.

Siddhart, a.k.a DJ Sid (Rahul Bose), is afraid of commitment. His long-time girlfriend, Trisha (Mallika Sherawat) has just proposed to him (note the switch in roles) and a dumbfounded Sid does not know how to react. A hilarious exploration of modern-day relationships, societal norms, and character studies follow. Holding no bars, the director wittingly comments on several aspects from Sid’s height, his receding hair line to the disparity in Trisha and Sid’s salaries.

During Sid and Trisha’s process of comprehension of their emotions, we are introduced to more characters:

• Sid’s pal, Nanoo (Ranveer Shourey), who Sid describes as “unmarriageable”; • An egotistical Tanya aka Baby Doll Vol 3 (Sophie Chaudhary) who tries to seduce Sid; • Sid’s frantic sister Shalini (Taraana Raj) and her husband Kapil (Amir Bashir); • Trisha’s feminist friend Anjali aka Dracula (Suchitra Pillai-Mallik) who despises Sid.

While we have seen contemporary films like this in the past such as “Dil Chahta hai” and “Jhankaar Beats”, Saket Chaudhary still manages to impress in his debut as a writer and director with his innovative style. The entire narration is told episodically using anecdotes with Rahul Bose in first person. The dialogues and situations are identifiable and cleverly executed.

Saket is successful in sparking up some believable magic on screen with this unconventional and unlikely pairing. A number of scenes to particularly watch out for are:

• Trisha’s proposal to Sid and his reaction thereafter; • Trisha and Sid’s comprehensive comparisons of lifestyles in Mumbai and Delhi; • Sid and Trisha double-dating with Baby Doll Vol 3 and Trish’s fiancé (Jas Arora).

Saket’s obsession with Sid’s analysis of the ‘side-effects’ at every situation threatens to become exceptionally irritating, but the director, just about keeps it on the right side of it being exasperating.

One only wishes more attention was paid to the pace of the film. Crispier editing and a shorter running time would have made this film slicker. The music by Pritam, ranging from rock qawwali to bhangra is hip and suits the tone of the film.

Rahul Bose is once again, exceptional. The caricatured style of humour suits him, but given his range and acting abilities (as we have seen in “Mr and Mrs Iyer” and the soon to be released “Kalpurush”), he should be careful not to be typecast in such roles. Mallika Sherawat sinks her teeth into her role and delivers a robust performance as the urban savvy Trisha. She seems at ease portraying a character that breaks away from her self-created stereotypical image of a sex icon.

With all this going for it, “Pyaar Ke Side Effects” will still be a matter of taste. It’s borderline saccharine, but viewers like me, who have an aversion to the overtly sweet products of the Chopras and Johars should enjoy it!

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