After the successful transformation of Shah Rukh Khan from a TV star to Bollywood phenomenon, there have been many, who have tried to walk his path (read 'emulate'). While there have been only a handful of success stories, there have been many who have fallen. This week's release KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON marks the Bollywood debut of Kapil Sharma, who became a household name after having a successful stint on TV with his famous 'Comedy Nights'. Will Kapil Sharma's debut film click at the box-office or not… lets analyze.
KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON starts off with the definition of 'shaadi' and also with the introduction of Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan aka Bholu (Kapil Sharma) in a swanky car. Even as he drives the car, the audiences are driven to a flashback of events that establishes the connection between Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan's past with his present. If one had to sum up his life, then, the only statement that would do total justice to it is 'Kar bhala toh ho bura'
. Every time Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan lands up helping a girl (unmarried, to be specific) in distress, he lands up marrying that girl! That establishes the fact as to how he gets married to Juhi (Manjari Fadnis), Simran (Simran Kaur Mundi) and Anjali (Sai Lokur). Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan very successfully hides his marriage from all the three girls err… wives. And in order to avoid problems, he places them at various locations of Bandra, Borivali and Kandivali. But, upon the 'expert advice' of his close friend lawyer Karan (Varun Sharma), Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan buys one flat for each wife in an ironically named building called 'Cocktail Towers'. To all his wives, he explains his super busy schedule stating that he has three different 'offices' to be taken care of. He even names his different offices (read 'wives') on his mobile phone as 'Head Office', 'Branch Office' and 'Area Office'. The common excuse that Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan gives to all the tree wives is that, because of his super busy job, he will spend one night with them and two nights in the office. In that way, he actually does justice to all the three wives. The story takes a U-turn with the entry of Deepika aka 'Enquiry Office' (Elli Avram), the girl whom he really loves. Due to the fear of losing Deepika, Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan keeps her too in the dark about his marriages and his respective wives. Just when the duo (Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan and Deepika) plan to get married, Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan's estranged parents (Sharat Saxena and Supriya Pathak) make an entry. In order to hide about his three marriages from them, Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan stations them separately with different wives on different floors. Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan doesn't even tell his wives about his estranged parents. The plot gets further murkier when all the three wives become best of friends (unaware that they 'share' the same husband) and they land up seeing Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan's parents coochie-cooing with each other, thus adding to the confusion. The confusion reaches its crescendo when Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan's three wives get invited to their best friend Deepika's wedding with Kumar (Shiv Ram Kishan). Will the three wives ever get to know each other's reality and their husband's relation with them, will Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan's estranged parents unite again, will Deepika and Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan ever get married, will Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan's reality be exposed to the world and his wives… is what forms the rest of the story.
The film's directors Abbas-Mustan, have been always associated with the thriller genre. Films like KHILADI, BAAZIGAR, SOLDIER, RACE etc, mirror this fact. Because KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON belongs to a comedy genre, what initially seems like an uphill task for the masters of thriller is handled by the duo with ease. The director duo has touched upon a genre (bigamy and polygamy) that was popularized by the likes of Govinda in the 90's. Their film KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON, which addresses human instincts and polygamy, picks up from where Govinda's films had left. Despite comedy not being their forte, full marks to the Abbas-Mustan for handling the full film with utmost ease. The remarkable scenes in the film include the underwear scene, Karva chauth and the confusion at the mall. The product that Abbas-Mustan have created in the form of KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON will surely appeal to the masses.
As for as the debutante Kapil Sharma is concerned, the film looks like a cakewalk for the man who has already established himself in the genre of comedy. The film will definitely pave way for him to fill in the vacuum left behind by Govinda. The way Kapil Sharma has handled the emotional outburst scenes in the film, is something that needs to be lauded. He just couldn't have asked for a better debut than KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON, a film that caters to his comfort zone of comedy. His comic timing and the delivery of one-liners are totally unmatched and flawless. As for the heroines, because the film is a multiple heroine one, the screen time for each actress was bound to be limited. Having said that, one has to admit that the actresses were decent in their respective roles. The fact also remains that except for Manjari Fadnis, the rest of the heroines were relatively unknown faces. But since the film was very clearly touted to be Kapil Sharma's launch pad, the choice of the heroines seemed totally justified. As for Varun Sharma, he is only getting better with every passing film. KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON sees him in a very funny role. His role in the film and his Newton's laws are bound to find resonance with the masses and classes alike. Ideally, he carries the entire film on his shoulders along with Kapil Sharma. The Supriya Pathak – Sharat Saxena angle seems like a forced narrative in the film, and lands up diluting the story angle and the film's focus. Arbaaz Khan is funny in his deaf 'Bhai' act.
While the songs in the film are totally situational, the film's music (Javed Mohsin, Amjad, Nadeem) is a letdown. The only hummable track (featuring Kapil Sharma in a rap song) features only during the end credits. Besides this track, the rest of the tracks and the lyrics fail to leave an impact on the viewers.
Special brownie points to director Abbas-Mustan and screenplay and dialogue writers (Anukalp Goswami, Dheeraj Sarna) for having created an extremely engaging narrative in the first half of the film, which is half the battle won for the film. The second half, which unravels the confusion is totally up to the mark and doesn't drag the story. For this, one has to credit the film's editor (Hussain Burmawalla) for having done a razor-sharp job in the film. There are places where the film's cinematography (Dilshad V A) seems really shaky, but the film's narrative overshadows these flaws.
On the whole, KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON can be watched if you enjoy Kapil Sharma's style of comedy.