Weepy romances with happy endings have their own charm. In modern times, when love and affection have simulated biases fuelled by social media, the idea of falling in love with the supplement of books, words and poems seems like perfect romanticism. That’s the proverbial strength of Onir’s Kucch Bheege Alfaaz. This is a film about an unlikely romance taking place through WhatsApp. Onir and his writer Abhishek Chatterjee keep things chic and modern, but also keep the essence of an old-school romance alive. This heart-touching love story has the perfect balance of old and new. It’s the movie you’d want to watch with your valentine.
The story deals with a social media savvy girl named Archie (Geetanjali Thapa) and her tryst with a social misfit RJ Alfaaz (Zain Khan Durrani). She blind dates on Tinder while he doesn’t even read forwards on WhatsApp. Their chalk and cheese online aptitude adds some funky flavour to their accidental run-in and their chemistry. She’s a hopeless romantic who wears her emotions on the sleeve, collar, pocket… anything but in the reserves of her heart, while he’s the one locked up in a web of the past. It’s the perfect setup for a romance that you’d want to watch for the next 5 hours, let alone the 2 hour run-time of the film. There’s the added fun element of memes that plays an important part of the quirky affair between the leads.
Writer Abhishek Chatterjee has managed to keep things fresh, despite employing all the orthodox elements of a love story. There are plenty of usual gimmicks like the doting mother, the best friend in love, the office rivalry and even a cute dog. But none of the usual distractions rob the film or the story of its impact. The unusual affair between the two leads, Geetanjali and Zain is the strength of this film. This story has got everything you’d want from your ideal Valentine’s Day movie. It’s a little high on mush and bit slow in the first half, but the twists in the end and the big reveal of Zain’s past do spice things up. And then there’s the countless cute moments between the lovers and the spunky treatment by Onir that make this movie the perfect watch, especially for young lovers. If you’re the kind who gets their kicks from Edgar Allan Poe, you’d want to look away. But if Hallmark greetings get you all excited, then you’ll find a lot of love and happiness in the ideas of Kuchh Bheega Alfaaz.
Geetanjali Thapa’s livewire performance is the soul of this movie. She plays a girl with leukoderma (light brown patches all over the skin) and yet her radiant smile and bright eyes make her character more than her handicap. She has an iffy track with Shray Rai Tiwari, who plays her best friend. It looks straight out of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and it does little to make things entertaining. But once the focus shifts to Geetanjali’s and Zain’s love story, things become hip and happening.
For young lovers and those obsessed with good morning, good night and all sorts of wishes on WhatsApp, Kuchh Bheega Alfaaz has a lot to offer. Despite the slow build-up, it manages to entertain with ease. It’s the perfect combination of fluff and an old school love saga. This is the film you’d want to watch with your date.