Geetu wrote on Nov 20 2009 1:17PM
Prem (Ranbir Kapoor), with his friends, runs a Happy Club that works towards uniting people in love. When a new-girl Jenny (Katrina Kaif) shifts in the fancy town, Prem is predictably attracted towards her but doesn't dare to propose till half the film. So when Jenny accepts Prem's proposal and they start singing songs, you clearly know it's a dream sequence.
Jenny's foster-parents take her to Goa to get her married against her will. Prem reaches there and promises to bail her out of the situation ala Shah Rukh Khan from DDLJ. Soon Jenny reveals she loves Rahul (Upen Patel) giving the film a Jab We Met triangular twist. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa comes into picture as Prem tries hard to get Rahul away from Jenny.
A politician and an underworld don create more chaos until the film reaches its clichéd climax. It's for the zillionth time since Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahi that realization strikes the bride on her marriage day as she walks out to seek true love. The happy end is a result of the divine intervention with a literal Christ Ne Bana Di Jodi conclusion.
Right from the opening sequence, Santoshi makes it 'loud' and clear that the flavour of his comedy is slapstick with a comic-strip feel to the storytelling. To an extent he is also successful in making you laugh through the buffoonery of his characters. The real funny sequences include a cameo by Salman Khan and when Ranbir gets into Katrina's top. But when the director attempts to make sense through a nearly derived storyline, the film falls flat.
Occasionally Ranbir Kapoor seems to be in the Saawariya hangover with his over-excited husky baritone and innocent conduct. But otherwise he gives a spirited performance, showcasing his flair for comedy and grace in dancing. Katrina Kaif looks absolutely charming in her cute short outfits and shares splendid screen chemistry with Ranbir Kapoor. Upen Patel still struggles to act. And nothing in the film is (unintentionally) funnier than Govind Namdeo's animated expressions.
The one thing you can't overlook noticing in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is how Rajkumar Santoshi takes liberal references from every popular prem kahani of Bollywood and ends up with an ajeeb (weird) jumbled screenplay.
This one is Ajeeb prem ki gareeb kahani.