Director Nachiket Samant gives a well intentioned and humorous piece but falls short in making it cinematic enough
Realistic problems. Realistic solutions. Realistic characters. Realistic humour. Check for all. Despite all this, Comedy Couple isn’t able to keep you glued for all its runtime and you wonder if the film could be cut down by a good 20-25mins.
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Deep Sharma (Saqib Saleem) and Zoya Batra (Shweta Basu Prasad) are a loving couple, living in together. Together they also perform stand-up comedy, making themselves the first couple in the country to perform together. While they progress in their act professionally, they also have to manage their twisted personal life for the sanity.
The story is by Bikas Ranjan Mishra with screenplay and dialogues by Kashyap Kapoor and Raghav Raj Kakker. Additional screenplay and dialogues are penned by Gaurav Sharma. Too many of them. A little hotchpotch in terms of elements keeping the screenplay moving.
What should be given as a plus to the team is that it is sufficiently humourous, and not that asks you to take effort. The humour is at ease and situational and the scenes are crafted intelligently. Whatever happens in one particular funny scene for sure tickles the funny bone. What is problematic though is that the film appears to be a collection of individual scenes, after a point of time, only to push the narrative to a point to heightened drama.
Keeping the urban setup as the integral element, the film has a presence of contemporary notions. Fusing the stand-up comedy, the in-thing today, with the otherwise relevant problems, the makers have well attempted to cater to modern situations and also give satisfactory solutions. The scenarios are very real. What a couple goes through to rent a house when they are living in, what happens when a person hasn’t told about his partner or his job to his parents, or how profesional life suffers when personal life is at a miss- has all been depicted nicely. Small intricacies of how friends or parents react to a particular event in your life is also very much real.
The film even when it is real, doesn’t actually give you away a larger message. Ofcourse apart from the feeling of standing up to what you believe in without lying about it or hiding it. This also is very clear right from the beginning of the film, making it also very predictable.
The film despite opening up on a high note with Anubhav Singh Bassi in the opening frame for you, it does take the dull route, not in terms of boredom per say, but how those elements have been woven. Scene after scene, that too unnecessary in the longer run take you away from the flow and seem tl be positioned only for the laughs (which they do well, though).
Saqib Saleem and Shweta Basu Prasad- both fare fair in the portrayal of this happy-go-lucky couple, so much into each other. They have acted very well. Both of them have complemented each other incredibly. There are scenes where you notice both of them aiding each other in their performances. One steps back, the other takes over and so on. Great chemistry, something that makes the film endearing.
Rajesh Tailang has a supporting special role and he does brilliantly well with the arc of his character. His face has both- strictness and affection and he takes advantage of them in equal proportion. Madhu Sachdeva does fine, in the limited role she has been offered.
Pooja Bedi appears on a computer screen often and she does just okay. Aadar Malik is very good as Rohan, appearing time and again and evoking decent laughs with his mannerisms. Subha Rajput looks pretty and also acts reasonably fine.
Pranay Manchanda is good with his lines, and he also aids in the comic part, big time. Similarly you will also like Jasmeet Singh Bhatia as Timmy, who has been given some of the most fantastic one liners to play with.
The songs add depth to the plot. They give meaning to the narrative. However they are not quite memorable. The background score by Mangesh Dhakde and Dhirendra Mulkalwar is peppy and lively. Does the needful.
Cinematography by Riju Das is good for the film of such genre. The indoor spaces have been captured beautifully. Production design by Rajiv Punjabi is also very much in tune with the camera and the feel of the film. There is enough richness visually, to keep you invested.
Abhishek Seth’s editing could have been tighter and more importantly, sharper. The film does seem to be dragging right after the interval point. The flow should have been more engagingly achieved.
It’s an okay film for a one time watch. The story even after being real doesn’t have much merit in terms of audience connect. It’s a singular flat track and that despite having its share of ups and downs, doesn’t quite live up.