This is a tale of three love stories; each have their own set of problems. The men are seeking respite from monotony in marriage (in one case, relationship) and the women are looking for love. This romantic comedy celebrates the triumph of romance over all odds.
To be fair, Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara is a neat, well-intentioned film with its heart in the right place. But it bites off more than it can chew. There are three love stories running parallely which is a bit too much to pull off with its lethargic writing. The characters are poorly sketched, the humour is forced (juvenile, sometimes) and the narrative lacks clarity. Director Monjoy Mukerji's impassioned treatment is heartening but his screenplay fails him. For most part, it falls prey to cliches. The freshness of its cast gets marred by the lack of novelty in the stories.
It is a messy film that takes on the entire gamut of modern day relationships; there is talk of cheating wives, infidelity, boredom, indecisiveness. Frankly, there are enough themes for a television series in here. In their attempt to say too many things, the film ends up achieving little. The melodrama is kept in skimmed measures, thankfully, which is another breather.
A word of mention for the actors especially Sahil Anand, who is earnest in his bit. His co-actors Herry Tangiri, Vikram Kochhar, Nilesh Lalwani, Niyati Joshi, Divya Choksey are all confident and promising.
What's missing from the film is some genuine fun. It has all the trappings of a solid romantic flick but there is real lack of palpability in the story. The first half is hollow, as Monjoy wastes a lot of time in the build up. In the second half, the film picks up pace despite wasting too much energy on unnecessary scenes. The biggest blow to the film is the director's inability to smoothly move between one story and the other. The cut-offs are jarring and hence, you can never empathise with the characters.
Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara is naughty, peppy, sassy but too frivolous to be taken seriously.