Boy and girl are in love. Boy and girl have good jobs with decent salaries. Next step: Get married.
Obstacle 1: Girl’s father hates the boy because he isn’t rich enough.
Obstacle 2: Boy loses job.
Basically, the boy is screwed.
The tug of war between love and money begins. Mohit (the boy) and Mayera (the girl) believe in the power of love. They believe they don’t need money to sustain, love will always suffice. Mr. V.K. Sehgal (the father) believes otherwise. He believes the song “Pyaar kabhi kam na karna sanam, har kami gawara gar lenge” is total hogwash. The boy and the girl embark on the mission of convincing the father while the boy looks for a job.
This isn’t a great premise and doesn’t have the potential to be a great plot. It’s as ordinary as it gets but it can be watchable. The end result is nothing special either even when it isn’t unwatchable.
While it’s all bordering on the average, the actors never lazily trudge through the film. Rishi Kapoor, especially, puts on his best suit and rises to the occasion. He delivers the lines perfectly and gets the most laughs. If there is a reason to watch this film, it would be him. At one point, he offers a beer to his to-be son-in-law and says “Yeh chilled beer nahi, child beer hai”. I laughed out loud at several moments, including this one. This is something a Punjabi father living in Delhi would say. There is attention given to small details but those details don’t equal to something bigger.
Ayushmann Khurrana is yet to match up to his charming debut in Vicky Donor (2012). Nautanki Saala (2013) did not make people applaud and neither will this one. That being said, he needs better scripts to give us a reason to. Sonam Kapoor looks good but she was never meant to do more anyway.
Nupur Asthana, better known for making Hip Hip Hurray, which was the most watched TV series my generation grew up on. She made her film debut with Mujhse Fraandship Karoge (2011), which was likable. I expected her to do something more. Sadly, Habib Faisal’s script offers no great shakes either. There are some moments that show promise of taking the film in a direction, which would improve the proceedings but it’s a non-starter. There is tremendous potential here to make a film about the power dynamics of a couple and where love fits in the equation. Especially, when we have seen films recently where we see women taking center stage, we could have seen something more progressive. Especially, when a film is made by a woman.
Would I recommend Bewakoofiyan? Not really. Would I ask you not to watch it? Not really. It’s your prerogative. If you do end up watching the film, you won’t come out singing praises, nor will you curse the filmmakers. Bewakoofiyan has seasoned talent involved. If only the talent was able to show something for it.