BEWAKOOFIYAAN is fresh, but flimsy!
With good production values, voguish look & feel, and some great actors, this ‘slice of life’ drama had a lot of things going for it. But with a terribly unconvincing script, the film fails to be riveting enough for its two hour runtime.


The film is set during the time of recession. Mohit Chadha (Ayushmann Khurrana)and Mayera Sehgal (Sonam Kapoor)are passionately in love, and believe that their love can help them survive any problem, financial or otherwise. However, Mayera's father, V.K. Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor), strongly believes against this.
The film is a disspointment, more so because of the names associated with it. Coming from the Yashraj banner, written by Habib Faisal (of Ishaqzaade fame) and directed by Nupur Asthana (of Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge fame), you ought to have decent expectations from this product. Also, with writing so poor, you can never really enjoy a naturalistic representation of real life. For instance, you do understand a father, who’s a Government employee, wanting a rich husband for her daughter, but you can’t digest the kind of buffoonery that he’s shown to do here, in order to grant his approval. Such unrealistic humour doesn’t go too well with the flavour of the film, and what it does is, that it makes those real emotions unconvincing. Like when Mohit loses his job and is unable to find one matching his calibre, you’re hardly moved. What works here though, is the romantic relation depicted between the leading pair. It’s just the way it normally is, and you are certainly glued for atleast that particular vertical of the drama. But that’s all you take back, if at all you do. While the storytelling is chic, and the look, trendy, the songs are totally forgettable.
Performances are competent, but the improbability of the plot makes everyone seem below par. Rishi Kapoor gives yet another hearty performance, but to a losing cause, and thus the effect loses significance too. Ayushmann seems repetitive and monotonous. Not that he’s bad, but here again he’s found doing what he’s been doing in each of his previous films. Sonam Kapoor is strictly average. She does fulfil her role’s requirement, but adds no value whatsoever.
In all, BEWAKOOFIYAAN is a watchable film, but not recommended. Watch it only if you’ve got two hours of absolutely free time.
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