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Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge
Producer: Ashish Patil
Director: Nupur Ashtana
Starring: Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D’Souza
Music: Raghu Dixit
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan, Aslam Noor & Raghu Dixit
Genre: Romantic
Recommended Audience: General
Film Released on: 14 October 2011
Reviewed by: Bhavikk Sangghvi  - Rating: 7.5 / 10
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If Rahul the rockstar has got the voice and the looks, Vishal, the writer has the brains. If Malvika, the fashion design student and biker chick can get heads turning with just her looks, Preity, the photographer, can say a million things with her pretty pictures. What Vishal and Preity can’t do is spell it out to Malvika and Rahul that they heart them.

But ‘Liking’ someone on Facebook is a lot easier. And when you can’t make it on your own, the best thing to do is to fake it. So, Vishal becomes Rahul and Preity becomes Malvika by taking their identities online and they start ‘fraaandshipping’ each other. They chat, ‘like’, tag and LOL together and do a great job of pretending to be someone else. But, the question remains, how long can you fake true love?

In short, Rahul loves Malvika. And Malvika loves Rahul. But Rahul is not Rahul. Rahul is Vishal. And Vishal loves Malvika too. But Malvika is not Malvika either. Malvika is Preity. And Preity loves Rahul. But Preity hates Vishal. And Vishal hates Preity…confused? Watch ‘MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE’ and you will get all the answers.

Produced under Y-Films (a subsidiary of Yashraj Films), this one’s directed by debutant Nupur Asthana and she gets it ‘right’ – well almost! Having moved the nation with her television series ‘Hip Hip Hurray’ (aired on Zee TV in 1998), the lady has super control over the mannerisms, behavior patterns, needs and basically what the ‘youth of today’ wants and that’s exactly what works in the favor of the film. Nupur succeeds in handling the modern subject with a rare maturity, understanding and finesse. In short, the lady knows her job too well.

The story by Pooja Desai and Ashish Patil (who’s also the producer of the film) is oven fresh and the screenplay (Anvita Dutt Guptan) baked with the most contemporary and identifiable situations which you can witness in your campus life. The dialogues (also penned by Anvita) are another high point and they are nothing short of being sharp, witty, fun and dipped in flavor of the young blood. Since some portions in the second half tend to drag a bit, the humor quotient helps to maintain the balance largely.

Performance-wise, all the four youngsters contribute equally well, but the one who stands out is Saqib Saleem. This guy oozes confidence and makes a sparkling debut. Nishant Dahiya looks like a true ‘dude’ and his acting is also okay. Saba Azad is a talent to watch out for. Her ‘fraaandship’ with the camera should be seen to be believed. Tara D’souza gets better scope this time (last seen in ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’). She looks like a million bucks and does a sincere job.

Music by Indian folk rocker Raghu Dixit is simply apt and all the songs (especially ‘Dheon Dheon’) elevate the proceedings and the mood of the film. Lyrics also by Raghu, Anvita and Aslam Noor remain true to the subject and are the mainstay of the enterprise. Sound by Indrajit Neogi and Manas Chaudhary is just perfect keeping the youth in mind. Choreography by Aadil Shaikh is energetic and adds zing to the songs. Costumes by Priyanjali Lahiri are trendy and colorful.

After watching, Mujhse Fraaanship Karoge, most of us would feel that we have FACED this situation in our lives. BOOK your seats now if you still haven’t! Take my advice as a ‘friend request’ and ‘accept’ it! I’m sure you will ‘Like’ it!

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