Paoli Dam and Parambrata Chatterjee's romantic film Yaara Silly Silly released today...
To build a romantic track around a socially unacceptable issue is risky business. But Yaara Silly Silly dares to play around with the idea with grace and humor. Subhash Sehgal’s direction manages to capture your heart at some points in the film. Paoli Dam and Parambrata Chatterjee deliver a surprisingly well acted second half.
What’s it about
Life is a peculiar shade of screwed up when you are wistful to meet someone, you have only met once by chance and had your life changed. “Twin souls” as the movie calls the concept; two fragments of the same soul, divided by time, distance and fate, who meet upon a chance encounter and change each others’ lives forever. In this case they are Mrs. Devanshi (Paoli Dam) and Soumitra Roy (Parambrata Chatterjee). Devanshi and Soumitra are meeting for the second time, on a train to Delhi, five years past their meeting when Devanshi worked a sex worker known as Mallika and Soumitra was coerced into meeting her by his friends. These two old friends catch up over Ludo, tea and mild flirting, and immerse themselves in a reminiscence of their first uber awkward meeting five years ago. Their first meeting is narrated through a series of flashbacks; how Soumitra won Mallika’s heart by treating her like a lady rather than a mere sex-tool, how Mallika promises it to be a memorable night for Somitra and has a memorable night herself instead, and the mildly funny, romantic and moving events that occur over that one night that change Mallika forever and have her fall for Soumitra. And it’s going to keep you riveted to the film to know what this second meeting holds for the pair.
First thing that pops up in my mind is Ankit Tiwari’s music. This may not be his best work, but his music goes very well with the entire film. The pairing of Paoli Dam and Parambrata Chatterjee looks cute and refreshing. Paoli Dam gives her best performance as a morally intact woman post her transformation. Parambrata keeps his Kahaani charm intact as a sweet, caring and shy guy next door. There are scenes that will grapple the tension and glue you to seats but alas not many of them. And of course a couple of Pretty Woman moments warm your heart.
Paoli Dam and the story have strong potential, and yet both fail to deliver the best throughout and linearly. Paoli Dam’s portrayal of Mallika ends up becoming a caricature of every foul mouthed prostitute ever in Hindi cinema. The inability of makers to differentiate between Ludo and Snakes And Ladders will bother you. On a scale of 1 to 10, the cheesiness of dialogues refrains to come below a solid 7. Dialogues ranging from “Agar wo train nahi choothti to ye train mujhe nahi milti jiska mujhe barso se intezar tha” to “Tumhare sath bityai hui rat hi to meri zindagi me subha le ke ayi hai” may make one cringe. And the ending, it’s just going to have you stare at the screen in bewilderment.
What to do
Give Yaara Silly Silly a go if you are a sucker for romantic films. There are moments that will make you laugh and a few will warm your heart.
3 out of 5
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