Director: Ajay Bhuyan
Surprises, they say, come in small packages. As a movie-goer you should go with zero expectation, honestly, to this odd-sounding Amit Sahni Ki List. You will be pleasantly surprised for sure, bathed in the scent of an ambrosial rom-com filled with endearing nooks and corners secreting a kind of cosmic view of man-woman relationship that affords both humour and sadness.
The rom-com as genre is perpetually misunderstood and misinterpreted in Bollywood. Not this time.
Okay, so what's the list about? It's a to-do thingy prepared by our everyman-hero, a regular high-income guy on Facebook, played by the very engaging Vir Das. Amit has put together a list (yes, an actual handwritten list) of the qualities that he wants in his soul-mate.
Life of course has other plans. Before he meets his Dream Woman (or DW, as Amit's acronym-obsessed mom would say), he runs into the adventurous bohemian dog-loving bungee-jumping Mala (Vega Tamotia).
Their courtship is done with a colourful candour that is not blindingly romantic. The couple sing, dance, run across fields...but with a warning signal playing somewhere invisibly saying, "Babe, bumps ahead".
It would be unfair to give away the goings-on in the second movement of this very engaging rom-com. Suffice it to say that the dips and curves in the narrative all add up to an experience that leaves us smiling and sometimes chuckling.
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