Director Siddharth Malhotra doesn't disappoint on the gloss factor, but he gets the opportunity of a lifetime to work with two top actresses in his debut film, and somehow seems torn about doing equal justice to them. Also he somehow tries too hard and seems in a hurry to make you bring out your kerchiefs. In the film's finale, Siddharth makes Arjun wear a beard that's ready to fall off any second. And that’s the height! That's when the film goes completely into the '80s mode.
On the dialogue note, when Kajol learns she has Cervical Cancer, she breaks downs in her designer kitchen and mutters through her sobs, “I don’t want to die!” Well then who wants to die in this world?? The way it was being shown, it was really a high-end melodrama, which doesn’t work these days, except in 80’s. Scriptwriter Venita Coelho and first-time director Siddharth Malhotra don’t leave even that thought to the imagination of the audience. And when now Kareena says “Meri zindagi tumhare bagair nahin chal sakti aur tumhari bachchon ke bagair”, and then sob sob sob sob. Emotional blackmail right? What kind of writing was this?? Now I get to know why Kal Ho Na Ho was Superhit! And then, when Maya is convincing Shreya to give taking care of the kids a shot, Shreya shoots back, "Main ek career-woman hoon, mom-type nahin, I am Sorry!" It’s a ridiculous bit of dialogue; outdated and one that an entire span of working mothers will wonder over. And also is it a dialogue given to one cancer patient, who is just there for few span of time? And that too to their near ones? Plus when the doctor Iravati Harshe tells the supermom “You have cervical cancer.” She questions “Am I going to die?” (What a silly question!!) And then she replies “No! No! You will live as long as you can.” (Ahh, what a motivational answer na?). Each character keeps saying, "Tum aisa nahin kar sakti, you can't die," to Maya. Yeah Yeah as if it were a choice. More to that Kajol as Maya also argues with their children’s, “Main apni marzi se nahin ja rahi hoon, mujhe koi shaukh nahin hai!” Ahh please, give me a break! Who wrote the dialogues actually??
These unrealistic dialogues were one of the flaws in the film. In the most emotional scenes, these unrealistic dialogues were actually causing a laughter session. The dialogues could have been far better to show the complications in the characters' lives. Writer and the Director should understand that these types of dialogues don’t entertain now-a-days, not even makes emotional, and crying and sob sob toh dur ki baat hai! Karan Johar has presented the film in 2010’s way, but the writer and the director has presented us in 1980’s way.
2 / 5 (Just for the Performances)