A Satish Kaushik flick starring a Shahid Kapur who hasn't yet grown out of his Dil Maange More
phase and a Kareena Kapoor who's somewhere around her Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai
phase, with music by Himesh Reshammiya whose work sounds like it's not out of the Aashiq Banaya Aapne
phase, can turn out only one way.
Milenge Milenge is a silly flick by today's standards of creativity in filmmaking. Besides, watching the lead pair together after the much-public state of their personal lives - especially after Jab We Met
set now-impossible standards of chemistry - is awkward. Yet, the movie is easy on the senses if you're prepared for the experience.
The story begins with a college festival in Bangkok. Immy (Shahid Kapur) is a brat who chances upon a sleeping Priya (Kareena Kapoor), is smitten by her, and steals her diary. The diary provides him with enough material to court her while pretending to be someone he's not. She falls for it, and is totally in love with Immy.
The truth, however, is out before the college fest ends, but the glitch is that Immy is now genuinely in love with Priya and isn't just fooling around. She leaves in a huff, but not before she tells him that if they're meant to be, then the 50-rupee note on which his name and number is scrawled will bring them together.
3 years hence, the couple is obviously very much in love, despite the fact that Immy's dad (Satish Shah) is getting him hitched to a family friend's daughter (Aarti Chhabria) and Priya is being proposed to for the 7th time by a dude who she says yes to finally. Priya and Immy want to trace each other out but can't for the heck of it make any headway with the arbitrary clues Priya once set to test destiny.
No, you doofus, the Internet couldn't have worked, since Immy is just his pet name - Priya, who was so blindly in love when she was in college, had never once bothered to find out what her boyfriend's real name was.
This one is clearly a movie that the makers finished making just because they started it. The film feels as dated as it actually is, despite the visual freshness. The romance is like 10th grade all over again - only, the 10th grade of today is way cockier than it was whenever this film was scripted.
Shahid and Kareena seem miles apart in every scene they are in together. Both of them are in their younger, awkwarder phase as far as the acting is concerned as well. The other actors are standard-issue movie props - Delnaaz Paul as Priya's plump best friend, Himani Shivpuri as her landlady, Satish Shah as Immy's dad, and some non-descript actors as the college gang. Satish Kaushik's trademark Santa Claus style ho-ho-ho-ing being the only cute thing about the whole deal.
Reshammiya's music is a one-time hear, but is okay for the kind of film this is. It's as early-2000s as it can get, though.
Wait for Milenge Milenge to hit the TV screen and maybe then you could yawn your way through it.