From St. Stephen’s college in Delhi to Patna in Bihar, we travel all the way to New York and UN headquarters and Bill gates foundation. Love teaches Madhav (Arjun Kapoor) to reject a placement and go back to his village to help his mother run the school. Ria (Shraddha Kapoor) dumps him, just because he forces her to bed on the advice of his friend Shailesh (Vikranth Massey).
Ria’s marriage doesn’t last and she is back in Patna where Madhav comes to meet the representatives of Bill gates foundation. His aim is to build toilets for children in the school so that girls can come to school and get educated. Ria and Madhav’s love start blossoming again and Ria again leaves him when Madhav’s mother pleads with her to leave her son alone.
She leaves a letter saying she has cancer and she has 3 months of life left! Madhav goes to New York for an internship at the UN and he is madly on the hunt for Ria, who he believes is still alive! For those who read the novel, know what happens in the end and for those who didn’t, watch the movie to find out!
What is that one lesson that makes this worth a watch!
It’s a very simple message. When you have problems, face them, don’t run away. If you run away the problem will again present itself there also, and how many places you can run and where all you can hide? More than Madhav taking her to bed, it’s the way he reacted to her avoidance by hurting her when he pushes her physically that made Ria to run away and get married. When her husband does the same, she divorces him, runs away and comes to Madhav.
When Madhav’s mother hurts her by reminding her that she has the habit of leaving everything midway like basketball, studies, marriage and even the food on her plate, she runs away from that situation also. Life doesn’t give that many chances but Ria is lucky to have a guy like Madhav who runs behind her every time she runs away from him! I was wondering what would happen if she stays there to fight on! She wouldn’t be losing so many things in life. There is no escape route or shortcuts to problems. One needs to accept reality and face them rather than running away from them! These were the thoughts when I was walking my way back to the parking lot after watching the movie!
Final Verdict: Arjun Kapoor is a miscast as he doesn’t look like a typical Bihari from any angle. I felt a chichora Ranveer Singh would have electrified the screen playing a typical Bihari boy. The energy difference is clearly visible between Arjun Kapoor and Vikrant Massey. Shraddha carries her role very well but I thought Parineeti would have done more justice to this multi-layered nuanced role.
Other casts are just fine. But I love Vikrant Massey for his clarity and his finesse. This movie is really watchable if you think like a common man and his mindset. Don’t judge it from the eye of an English novel reader. Judge it like a common man who thinks like how Madhav thinks. That is why people started going to theatres and watching the movie despite the bad reviews.
It’s important to keep the target for whom the film is made. This is for an average Indian and he will like it. I am giving 3.5 stars for this. It will be a HIT movie for sure and could go on to make 70-75 Crore at the box office!!