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January 25, 2013

Love sick!

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:36 pm

January 25, 2013

Cast: Kartik Tiwari, Nushrat Bharucha, Kiran Kumar, Mahesh Thakur, Prachi Desai

Director: Luv Ranjan

Like his earlier movie Pyaar Ka Punchnama, director Luv Ranjan’s Akaash Vani is a promising but ultimately inconsistent film that starts out at one place, but ends up at quite another. This long, rambling love story makes an important point about marriage, and about parents shoving their decisions down their children’s throats to stay within societal norms. It even touches fleetingly upon the issue of marital rape. But it’s a pity these thoughts get somewhere lost in this convoluted mess of a film.

Akaash (Kartik Tiwari) and Vani (Nushrat Bharucha) hit it off from their first day on campus, and spend the next four years mooning over each other. Their grating romance, that plods on for the first hour of the film, makes you feel as if you’re trapped in an elevator with a pair of lovesick teenagers. But all their dreams of a naughty honeymoon are flushed away when Vani agrees to an arranged marriage to please her desperate parents.

Working off a slim plot, Ranjan stacks up the clichés even as his screenplay moves along a predictable route. You’ve seen such stereotypes as the insensitive husband, or the parents who’re only concerned “ki log kya kahenge”, or even Akash and Vani’s friends who offer some trite advice but do precious little as characters.

Pyaar Ka Punchnama alum Kartik Tiwari and Nushrat Bharucha exude confidence and share a warm chemistry, but can’t inject much life into this comatose script. Akaash Vani is the kind of film where you find yourself repeatedly checking your watch to make sure it’s still working, given that everything moves at a snail’s pace on screen.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Luv Ranjan’s Akaash Vani. It’s a good cure for insomnia. Queue up for a ticket, those of you having trouble sleeping.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. TOTALLY disagreed…..just returned from the night show….was eager for ur review…..heavily disappointed but no complaints…..ur own choices……but a word for all………..

    Please PLEASE dont watch movies on others reviews……u may end up missing several gems……

    and this is one amongst the shining gems – Aakashvani.

    Comment by Nitin Singhania — January 26, 2013 @ 12:13 am

  2. You are my favorite reviewer but sometimes your reviews leave me amazed. You give Race2 2.5 stars and this only 1.5 stars?? I remember you gave an awesome film like Pyaar ka Punchnama mere 2 stars because of which I had to miss the film, coz I trusted u so much back then! No matter how misogynistic u think that film was, what was depicted was the truth and even my female friends agree to it. All of us had a great time watching Pyaar ka Punchnama. The same applies here too. This definitely does not deserve the rating you gave it! C’mon Rajeev, I expect better from you…

    Comment by Sourobh Das — January 28, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

  3. Really Sick Movie

    Comment by Raghubansh — February 4, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

  4. AGREE with your review

    Comment by Meghana — April 1, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

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