Off late, it is observed that the new crop of directors though takes a relatively safe jaunt of cosy romances but adds a little tadka inorder to make it a bit spicier. The latest example being Abbas Tyrewala who turned an innocuous looking Boy-meets-Girl and friends-fell-in-love storyline into a major money-spinner, thanks to his able craftsmanship. Same is expected off debutant director Punit Malhotra and it would be inappropriate to say that he failed in his endevor. True, screenplay looks very weak at places and there were hardly any twists and turns in the story, but Punit manages to keep a firm grip on the proceedings. IHLS lacks any Woww factor, but there are few Ohh-Cho-Chweet moments; situational-humor would not bring the roof down but it would manage few tickles for sure. While first half is quite breezy, second half progresses at a snail's pace; editing could have been a bit more proactive. All in all, credit should be given to Punit for making clichs sound least hackneyed, rather refreshing in patches.
Without any tinge of doubt, the high point of the movie is its lead pair. The young and vivacious duo of Imran and Sonam is like a breath of fresh air which keeps on pumping life into the movie whenever story (or lack of it) plays spoilsport. Imran Khan was touted as an instant charmer with a similar kind of role in his debut vehicle; he followed it up with couple of serious cinema which did'nt proved to be his cuppa tea. Thankfully, he realized his strong-hold and in IHLS he gave ample testimony of the fact that he is (one of) the next best thing in the tinsel town. Though enacting a humorous, flirtatious and cool-dude tag on the chest comes natural to him thanks to his Mamu, he also looked completely at ease in romantic scenes and a hugely improved one with glycerine applied on. But undoubtedly, the movie belongs to Sonam Kapoor. All the grandiloquent adjectives showered on her could still be dwarfed, such is the charismatic presence of this Kapoor baby. She looks ultra-chic, stylist, sweet, hot and sexy "All in One- Package"; and when she flaunts one of her beatific smile, damn who cares for a Story: Gimme a Break!!! After disastrous debut (Sanwariya) and not-so-impressive follow up (Delhi-6), with IHLS this star-kid would surely storm into the big league; as promising Aisha is slated to hit the theatres next, all augurs well for the lady. Amongst others, Aseem Tiwari (Seedhi Baat, No Bakwaas fame) stands tall while Samir Soni and Aamir Ali were good on their respective parts. While Bruna Abdullah's oomph factor could have been used better, Samir Dattani zero-expression face compliments his sorry figure in the flick.
The music director duo of Vishal-Shekhar is back after a short hiatus doing a reasonably good job. Though the songs of IHLS are no where close to their very best, but still they manage to strike a right chord with the audience. The title track is a lone foot tapping number and is presented in an impressive manner by Bosco and Ceaser. Bahara-Bahara is the best song of the movie with only Shreya's voice is used in the final cut; wish Rahat's version could have been adjusted somewhere. Bin Tere and Sadka comes next in the countdown; while the former depicts the eye-drenching sequences of both the protaganists, latter is a tribute to a customary love-song in any love-isshtory. Jab Mila Tu is a fun song which paves way for Imran-Sonam freindship in the movie. Special mention for Ayanka Bose who captures the visual beauty in IHLS with lan.
Maverick Verdict: Very few factors distinguish this Mills-and-Boon's kinda narrative with any other run-of-the-mill Bolly-sque romantic sojourn. If you are allergic to the sugary-sweet romance, then IHLS is a sure-shot pass. If you are in a mood to give young-n-happening pair of Imran-Sonam a chance to re-create the magic, IHLS deserves a shot; in all other scnearios just STAY IN PEACE!!view less