Jai and Aditi are best friends. They are also absolutely perfect for each other. Everyone knows this: their gang of friends (Rotlu, Jiggy, Bombs, and Shaleen), their parents, all the other students at college, EVERYONE. Everyone except Jai and Aditi, of course. They are convinced that they’re just friends, and that they would never be right for each other. So they decide to play matchmaker. Aditi promises to find a sweet and gentle girl for Jai, and Jai is on the lookout for a macho stud for Aditi. Unsurprisingly, things do not work out as planned. Jai ends up spending all his time with Meghna, which makes Aditi jealous–not that she admits she is jealous. Aditi ends up getting engaged to Sushant, the BIGGEST JERK EVER–not that anyone immediately realizes how awful he is. Finally, after a Rajput rite of passage has been achieved with help from several unexpected sources, Jai and Aditi realize their true feelings for each other.
Yes, the story is predictable: you’d have to be pretty dense to not realize how it’s going to end after the first half hour of the film. There are enough charming, funny, and unanticipated detours along the way, however, that it’s never boring to watch. But my favorite part about the movie is the group of friends surrounding Jai and Aditi. Rotlu, Jiggy, Bombs, and Shaleen are all well-rounded, fully realized characters. Secondary characters, to be sure, but none of them are reduced to the shorthand stereotypes so often used. They’re all real people, with their own stories happening on the periphery. An extra special added bonus is that all of the actors are the appropriate age to be playing college students. It’s quite refreshing!
(The above two criticisms I level equally at Hollywood and Bollywood films, in case you were curious.)
This is my favorite song from the movie. I’ve really become quite fond of all its tacky and catchy glory. Be warned: it will be in your head forever.
Source: Jazi’s copy, but I’ll be buying my own for sure