Though this film is basically about love, the car is in the air — in some sequences, for real! Not very long ago, Mere Dad Ki Maruti released with the storyline somehow revolving around an automobile. Something similar took place with Ferrari Ki Sawaari last year. But then, four-wheelers alone can’t drive a film. And that’s precisely what happens with Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke.
The very title of this movie is borrowed from the 1992 Mahesh Bhatt film Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke with the premise centered on identity crisis and ensuing confusions. In this case, however, there are no little cute kids to keep you entertained with their antics. Oh yes, there is the ever-entertaining Juhi Chawla but her role is limited to few minutes of mime. Well, that’s that.
Director Jyotin Goel could have tried something out-of-the-box in terms of storytelling. Moreover, being true to the textbooks never really helped anyone build a cherish-worthy film. Despite the glossiness, clichés end up spoiling the show. To his credit, there is linearity despite the chronological switch every now and then.
Goel, the comical adventure follows two childhood friends — who are inevitably going to fall in love sooner or later — from Mumbai to Pune on New Year’s Eve. The estimated two-hour nocturnal car ride turns into a 10-hour affair with several bizarre incidents giving rise to legal repercussions. It’s as if the whole universe — along with the male protagonist’s foolery — is against the two of them from reaching their destination. As the sequences drag on, their adventure turns into more of a misadventure.
The funny moments are few and far between in this rather loud comedy. Almost none of the dialogues uttered merit repetition. There’s hardly any scene, which you haven’t experienced before except perhaps the special effects during the phone conversations in the early part of the movie. The characterisation of the supporting actors binges on stereotypes, be it a Sikh dhaba owner or a Malayali nurse. It’s 2013, isn’t it?
As far as the onscreen performance is concerned, both Dev Goel and Adah Sharma are so-so. They fail to make the most of their capacity as the leading actors. Dev, for some inexplicable reason, keeps delivering his dialogues a la the voiceover in dubbed cartoons. Since the film lacks emotional scale, Adah comfortably remains jutted to her sweet-girl persona throughout. Chunky Pandey has multiple roles in the film and he provides some artistic relief. Sanjay Dutt has minimal part to play as a cop.
There’s no lack of tepid efforts in Bollywood and this film adds to the list. In conclusion, in this peculiar instance, the car bears the price for the mishap others underwent.