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Shiv Singh
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Rohit Banawlikar
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Movie Review
Amit Sahni Ki List:A List of Shortcomings


It’s easier to make the viewer laugh but most difficult to make him cry. That is why Rom-Com, a hugely popular genre, is a real tight ropewalk for any writer. The magic rarely happens and most of the times all the efforts spent in creating happy moments and crafting witty lines go in vain.

Such is the fate of Amit Sahni Ki List (directed by Ajay Bhuyan) a film which has many things going for it but ultimately fails to create a spark. It’s almost like the way it has been said in the film – A girl may be pretty and all that, but her touch may not give you Goosebumps. This film is smart and all that but doesn’t touch your heart.

Amit Sahni (Virr Das) is a guy with a swanky corporate job and everything is just about perfect in his life. He has parents who live in some other city and a close buddy and that sums up the number of people around him. He is ready to mingle or say desperate to get married and to find the right girl he has a list of qualities he wishes for in a life partner. After meeting a few random girls and not finding any of them up to the mark, he bumps into Mala (Vega Tamotia) who is the exact opposite of the person he describes as ‘List waali ladki’. She is a vagabond whose current job is ‘tea-tasting’! Even after holding himself from liking this bungee-jumping freak, Amit ends up falling in love and getting engaged to Mala. He thinks he has got his life all sorted out and this is when he meets Devika Dev (Anindita Nayar) the upmarket MD of a huge company who gets a tick for every box on his list.

An interesting idea you would think, as there is a nice conflict in this situation. However, the problem surfaces only by the intermission point and the plot never really takes off even after that, as everything happens too conveniently for the protagonist.  

There are a few really clever lines but most of them pass by without extracting the desired response from the viewer. The characters work, the idea is clear-cut and potent but the film lacks enough plot and dramatic moments making the overall experience of the story an insipid chain of events. Problems are many like the futility of the character of Amit’s friend who is also a chef for no purpose at all. However, the basic problem with the script lies in the handling of the inherent conflict which, unfortunately, has been used just as a tool to lengthen the story.   

First of all, Amit’s list in itself can’t be a conflict, as he claims in his narration, but merely an introduction of the character until he gets caught between choosing Mala and Devika. So the entire first half becomes a set-up and you just wait for the film to come to the actual point. Unfortunately, even in the second half the screenplay (Shiv Singh & Rohit Banawlikar) doesn’t go beyond scratching the surface. Amit’s attachment with his list and that he actually believes in it, is also not quite convincing. Mala’s character is completely taken for granted and her thoughts, choices, feelings are not brought out – For example what she wants in a life partner? Why she falls for Amit? Why a girl like her is even ready to go the conventional way in terms of marriage? Trust me there are chances that one would meet guys far more exciting than Amit Sahni while going out for bungee jumping. It was only a matter of giving a thought to her life story. For a romance to work both the characters should be given proper spaces, otherwise there are less chances the viewer would crave to see two people ending up together.

Camera, edit and sound are good making the film visually appealing. Songs, however, are passable. Virr Das tries hard to be funny but maybe he could have done better had he tried being emotionally attached to the character. His portrayal fails to make his part convincing to a level that you would have sympathy for this guy. All the other actors too could have done a better job.

Amit Sahni Ki List has got a fine recipe for romance but it just hasn’t been cooked to perfection. 

It’s easier to make the viewer laugh but most difficult to make him cry. That is why Rom-Com, a hugely popular genre, is a real tight ropewalk for any writer. The magic rarely happens and most of the times all the efforts spent in creating happy moments and crafting witty lines go in vain.

Such is the fate of Amit Sahni Ki List (directed by Ajay Bhuyan) a film which has many things going for it but ultimately fails to lighten up. It’s almost like the way it has been said in the film – A girl may be pretty and all that, but her touch may not give you Goosebumps. This film is smart and all that but doesn’t touch your heart.

Amit Sahni (Virr Das) is a guy with a swanky corporate job and everything is just about perfect in his life. He has parents who live in some other city and a close buddy and that sums up the number of people around him. He is ready to mingle or say desperate to get married and to find the right girl he has a list of qualities he wishes for in a life partner. After meeting a few random girls and not finding any of them up to the mark, he bumps into Mala (Vega Tamotia) who is the exact opposite of the person he describes as ‘List waali ladki’. She is a vagabond whose current job is ‘tea-tasting’! Even after holding himself from liking this bungee-jumping freak, Amit ends up falling in love and getting engaged to Mala. He thinks he has got his life all sorted out and this is when he meets Devika Dev (Anindita Nayar) the upmarket MD of a huge company who gets a tick for every box on his list.

An interesting idea you would think, as there is a nice conflict in this situation. However, the problem surfaces only by the intermission point and the plot never really takes off even after that, as everything happens too conveniently for the protagonist.  

There are a few really clever lines but most of them pass by without extracting the desired response from the viewer. The characters work, the idea is clear-cut and potent but the film lacks enough plot and dramatic moments making the overall experience of the story an insipid chain of events. Problems are many like the futility of the character of Amit’s friend who is also a chef for no purpose at all. However, the basic problem with the script lies in the handling of the inherent conflict which, unfortunately, has been used just as a tool to lengthen the story.   

First of all, Amit’s list in itself can’t be a conflict, as he claims in his narration, but merely an introduction of the character until he gets caught between choosing Mala and Devika. So the entire first half becomes a set-up and you just wait for the film to come to the actual point. Unfortunately, even in the second half the screenplay (Shiv Singh & Rohit Banawlikar) doesn’t go beyond scratching the surface. Amit’s attachment with his list and that he actually believes in it, is also not quite convincing. Mala’s character is completely taken for granted and her thoughts, choices, feelings are not brought out – For example what she wants in a life partner? Why she falls for Amit? Why a girl like her is even ready to go the conventional way in terms of marriage? Trust me there are chances that one would meet guys far more exciting than Amit Sahni while going out for bungee jumping. It was only a matter of giving a thought to her life story. For a romance to work both the characters should be given proper spaces, otherwise there are less chances the viewer would crave to see two people ending up together.

Camera, edit and sound are good making the film visually appealing. Songs, however, are passable. Virr Das tries hard to be funny but maybe he could have done better had he tried being emotionally attached to the character. His portrayal fails to make his part convincing to a level that you would have sympathy for this guy. All the other actors too could have done a better job.

Amit Sahni Ki List has got a fine recipe for romance but it just hasn’t been cooked to perfection. 



   Dinkar Sharma

Dinkar Sharma is a screenwriter. His first feature film Second Marriage Dot Com was released in 2012. He can be contacted via his Facebook profile:. https://www.facebook.com/imdinkarsharma

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