His directorial debut, PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, would be a revitalizing undertake romance. A satire around the affairs of heart. The storyline of three friends and also the tumultuous relationships they tell the women within their lives, PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA was lapped up because of its spanking new idea, straight from life situations, witty one-liners and crackling hilarity. Director Luv Ranjan endeavors a contrast in AKAASHVANI, his second outing.
From the trailer clips, it’s palpable that AKAASHVANI too matches the romantic variety, a genre that’s beaten to death through the dream merchants in Mumbai. But Luv Ranjan assures that AKAASHVANI doesn’t veer in to the banal and repetitive zone, doesn’t become one more love yarn hitting the Hindi screen. Sure, it comes down to a good looking pair and also the ups and downs within their lives. But that which you carry home, besides this loveable pair, are a few incredible moments that arouse myriad emotions while you partake in Akaash and Vani’s journey. This by itself is the strength of the endeavor!
Like PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, AKAASHVANI also offers a bond with realism. It comes down to the present times. It communicates the contemporary lingo. Yet, her old world charisma that also makes you go weak inside your knees. It’s shades of all things, from fidelity and resolve for resentment and mistrust to anguish and betrayal. Handled most efficiently, with several authoritative moments, AKAASHVANI is, undoubtedly, a delicate love story that triumphs.
With PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, Luv Ranjan demonstrated he’s a commendable storyteller. With AKAASHVANI, he only seals it furthermore!
Akaash [Kartik Tiwari] and Vani’s [Nushrat Bharucha] lives alter the moment they meet in a college in Delhi. Akaash comes from Chandigarh, while Vani comes from Dehradun. It’s love in the beginning sight for Akaash, while Vani too reciprocates it immediately. In those 3 years spent in college, Akaash and Vani share several incredible moments, filled with laughter and sunshine. But an accidents changes their lives. Akaash and Vani drift apart…
Akaash and Vani meet again. Gradually, the desire to get together supersedes the predicaments enroute.
AKAASHVANI may be a vintage love story in mind, but Luv Ranjan helps to ensure that the love birds in the movie are far taken off the ones you’ve witnessed in various avatars in assorted movies. Yet, the film takes you to the days when love and emotions were conveyed through words and expressions, unlike today’s times where social networks play a vital part in our lives. What also sets this film apart would be the episodes within their love story, which, again, revives memories from the unadulterated romantic sagas we was raised watching within the 1970s and 1980s. Conversely, it’s tough to prefigure the path of their journey, because the writing for no reason scrounges from times during the yore. The romantic episodes within the first hour and also the emotional track within the post-interval portions help you stay hooked, using the culmination conveying crucial message, that is so relevant within the existing scenario.
The solitary inadequacy would be that the love tale is too prolonged in the center of the second half, a grievance we’d in PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA too. In fact, several sequences, although fundamental to the plot, could’ve been shortened to have an enhanced impact. The narrative droops among, honestly. AKAASHVANI is really a love story and it is soundtrack mirrors its attitude [Hitesh Sonik]. There is however a flipside too. Even though the songs are melodious, gelling well using the mood from the movie, it lacks that lilting aspect that compliments an appreciation story well. The backdrop score, also by Hitesh Sonik, is amazing. I’d like to create a special reference to the lines penned for that lead actors [Dialogue: Luv Ranjan]. It augments the end result of several sequences. Cinematography [Sudhir K. Chaudhary] is stunning, with every frame capturing the emotion as well as the pictorial locales to precision.
AKAASHVANI rests around the young shoulders of Kartik and Nushrat. Kartik shuns the slight uneasiness which was apparent in the debut movie, working very hard on justifying his character now. He is affable, easy around the eyes and adds lots of strength to his character. Nushrat offers a spirited performance all over again. A confident actor, Nushrat has got the nuances of her character right. Actually, she catches you by absolute surprise as she handles the tricky moments within the narrative with elan.
Luv Ranjan’s selection of the supporting actors is ideal. Sunny Singh Nijjar [as Ravi] is first-rate. Sana Shaikh [as Sumbul] and Gautam Mehra [as Shekhar], the 2 friends of Akaash and Vani, are competent. Kiran Kumar and Shubhangi [as Vani's parents] and Mahesh Thakur and Prachi Shah Pandya [as Vani's uncle and aunt] are excellent.
On the whole, AKAASHVANI appeals for that characters that Luv Ranjan has established as well as the buoyancy and gusto that the principal actors bring alive the characters on-screen. The movie contains the perfect blend of sparkle and spice and it is definitely worth a watch. Do it now!