Uh-oh! She is engaged to marry a man who isn't right for her. Mr Right is right around corner, making his fidgety presence felt in nearly every frame of this launch pad for actress Rati Agnihotri's son Tanuj.
It's only a matter of time before the girl Soniyo, played by
Hinge, throws off the wrong ring for the right zing. Zing is
the element curiously unobtainable in this feel-young story. So
many youngsters dancing, singing and trying to tell us they're
having fun...but we remain unconvinced till the end.
Luv U Soniyo (LUS) isn't telling us anything we haven't
seen in numerous films before, ranging from the iconic Dilwale
Dulhania Le Jayenge to the overrated Rockstar, girls in our
films have somehow been constantly confused about which guy to
Maybe they should just read the credit titles more carefully.
This film's credits tell us the 1980s' popular actress Rati
Agnihotri's son is the guy on top. Tanuj plays Mark, a
full-of-beans collegian who doesn't seem to have much to do except
hang around with his friends in the campus, or barge into one of
their homes to get a dekko at the girl he adores.
Blindfolded debutante Soniyo should have said, I Do to Mark and
spared us the long-winded, but unexciting process of what poets
euphemistically describe as "discovering love".
The journey here is absolutely bereft of drama, excitement,
surprise and ultimate satisfaction. One doesn't know if debutant
director Joe Rajan meant the central romance to be so linear,
languorous and shockproof. But that's the way it is.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, seems to suggest any hindrance in
the young couple's passage to the final embrace. The
Punjabi-Catholic alliance is mentioned only in passing. The hero's
Goan family is filled with as many stereotypical eccentrics as the
heroine's Punjabi family.
Can we ever have a film about minority communities where
families behave normally?
Yes, there is the girl's fiance (Bunty Garewal), a bloke who
seems as menacing a hurdle to the protagonists' love as a pebble on
Milkha Singh's racetrack.
The film also takes unscheduled time off to trot down to Mexico
for a love duet, and a baffling detour down dark deserted highway
when Suresh Menon appears as a funny gangster who keeps mixing up
The debutant couple makes the best of a script that offers them
no room to show their skills. Tanuj has a pleasant enough screen
presence. He tries his utmost to make trite and impassive
situations seem fresh. His leading lady Neha Hinge has a certain
unvarnished charm to her.
Choreographer Howard Rosameyer does a dead-on impersonation of
Aamir Khan. One hopes he isn't typecast as an Aamir mimic. One also
hopes Mr. Khan has a sense of humour.
If the truth were told, the best performance in this placid
passion play comes from Rati Agnihotri.
And yes, if you can brave it to the end, there is Remo D'Souza
appearing on screen to croon the title song with delectable
By then it's too late.