Give this bad remake masquerading as a peppy, coming-of-age love story the miss.
Prithviraj (Raj/Om) is a brilliant student and a topper in college. Paromita (Paro/ Shubhasree) comes to London and puts up in Raj’s house to do her graduation from the same college. Both vie for the topper’s position in the college and try to deviate each other’s concentration in studies, leading to differences and ego clashes. The film follows them on whirlwind journey where in the end, they realise their love for each other.
A majority of Tollywood commercial films rely on the tried and tested — in simpler terms, remakes. Prem Ki Bujhini, for the uninitiated, is a remake of the 2011 hit Telegu movie, 100% Love. By now, Tollywood’s handling of remakes has considerably bettered. When there’s nothing new in the script, bring in exotic locales, play up the songs and intensify the gloss. All this, however, is not always enough.
The first half of the film is pacy and energetic. Romantic montages and stray funny lines keep the audiences engaged. Raj’s repeated attempts to hamper Paro’s concentration on studies is enjoyable to watch. Paro’s approach to keeping Raj’s attention on her, however, is plain infuriating and regressive. Her lightning quick transition from a traditional belle to a hip city-girl going Bongo lolona on the streets of London is unbelievable to say the least. To add to all that's implausible, Paro comes on board in Raj's sinking company and helps it achieve a massive turnover in no time. Ambitious much? The second half drags. The plot slows down considerably and keeps repeating itself with unfailing regularity. The pair patches up, Paro unknowingly hurts Raj’s bloated ego and sets off a chain of events we’ve seen before.
Om, who portrays a complex, egoistic man, plays it with finesse. He’s convincing in both emotional and comedy scenes and doesn’t let the eccentricity of his character go beyond permissible limits. The same cannot be said about Shubhasree. The actress’ sloppy acting and sudden bursts of energy test the audience’s patience from time to time. The child artistes who have an important part to play in the film, too, do a wonderful job. Other characters are merely gap-fillers in the rom-com, with the exception of Shubashish Mukherjee as the college principal. Now over to the good points of the film. Cinematography is first-rate and so are the songs. Obhimaani mon, pictured on Raj and Paro’s engagement to their respective fiancés is a beautiful listen as is Ami raji that’s already topping the charts.
The overall presentation of the film is impactful but is Prem Ki Bujhini worth your time? We are afraid, no. A stale story interspersed with oodles of mindlessness makes it a sloppy ride. Give this bad remake masquerading as a peppy, coming-of-age love story a miss.