(and yes that is how they spelled it! In other words, sic.)
Greatness can be rather tiresome to live with. I admire greatness, but let’s face it, I don’t want to live with, say, Einstein. Likewise with movies – sometimes you just don’t want thought-provoking. I say, bring on ’em masala movies!
Kismat Konnection is as masala as they come. You can predict the ending at the start of the film – and that is a good thing. It is no Aamir Khan movie, but not every movie can be a 3 Idiots, marrying humour with social conscience. Not every movie should be. What is required from a masala film, is generally 1. a good romantic pairing 2. some snappy dialogue 3. good songs 4. eye candy 5. a decent plot with no glaring holes (although the last can be forgiven if either four above surpasses ‘average’). KK has 1 a fairly good relationship between Raj and Priya 2. not so snappy dialogue 3. good songs (Kahin Na Lage Mann and Soniye, especially) 4. Shahid Kapoor and 5. a decent plot – ambitious guy turns superstitious and thinks girl lucky charm.
Say what? Okay, so it does not sound like a decent plot but trust me, it works.
Although, I should also disclose that I am a great Shahid Kapoor fan and…there is this. The way camera pans over Shahid’s buff and bare torso… brain cells fried, I tell ya! Hmm…maybe that was why they put it in the movie in the first five minutes of the movie.
Everyone finished drooling? Okay.
You see, much of this improbable plot hinges on the way that kismat (fate/luck) is perceived by Raj, as opposed to it being an actual determiner of his life. It was that he thought Priya was his lucky charm which drove him to seek her out. Their relationship progresses quite nicely with Raj having his assumptions challenged (isn’t that the way relationships work?). When they finally get together, it is with a sense of satisfaction and a believe that they can make it work – something I find quite lacking is some rom-coms. Also, the character of Raj was wonderfully drawn (Priya’s was less fleshed out – but hey, this is more of Raj’s story than Priya’s), with his angst both realistic and relatable. From being the big man on campus to the realization that he is a nobody in the world of business, his struggle to come to terms with his lack of success is the driving force of the movie, such that he is willing to grasp at the straws of kismet. I totally get that – I think anyone who has ever felt inadequate (who hasn’t?) in life would understand Raj’s impetuses, if not his actions.
So, good fun, nothing great, but who wants greatness all the time?