Film review: I Hate Love Storys

Film: I Hate Love Storys

Star Cast: Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sammir Dattani, Sameer Soni, Kavin Dave, Khusboo Shroff, Bruna Abdullah, Ketaki Dave, Anju Mahendru, Shirish Sharma, Amir Ali and Pooja Ghai.
Release Date: 2 July 2010
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Punit Malhotra
Producer: Karan Johar, Ronnie Screwvala
Banner: Dharma Productions
Music Director: Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Lyricist: Anvita Dutt, Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani

I Hate Love Storys (IHLS) makes a bad attempt to spoof some great blockbusters of Bollywood like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (DDLJ), “Dil to Pagal Hai” and “Dil Chahta Hai“ and ends up being a copy paste from different movies, a total patchy work.  A Dharma Production film, a movie from Karan Johar’s banner cannot always be a Kuch Kuch Hota hai but I didn’t expect it to be such a dud either. It is all very predictable – did Punit Malhotra, the director not consider my money worthy of atleast a pleasant journey to the end credits?
IHLS has a Simran, a Raj, great sets and good clothes but the story is missing.
There is Simran Sharma (Sonam Kapoor) who believes in love, loves “loves storys” and engaged to be married to her childhood sweetheart. The character is not new to the audience, we have seen convincing characters of Madhuri Dixit in Dil to Pagal Hai, Kajol in DDLJ and Priety Zinta in Dil Chahta Hai, but this one just does not send the love bytes across to you. Simran’s fiancé, Raj (Sameer Dattani), is a perfect guy, perfectly boring too and from the very beginning you can make out that he is not going to get to marry our Simran. And of course, we have Jay Dhingra (Imran Khan), the cool dude.
Raj wears “fugly” shirts, insists on gifting one white flower to Simran daily and has a “I-do-not-drink-on-a-weekday” attitude. Life is simply perfect for the love birds, they even coordinate the colour of their clothes till Jay (mind it, it to be pronounced as “J” and not “Jai”) enters their life. Jay is the perfect imperfect guy who believes in one-night stands and just does not believe in love or marriage (his parents got separated you see, sic!). Both Simran and Jay work for Veer Kapoor (Samir Soni), a noted director famous for his romantic stories. And as you can guess, it is a “I hate you” to a “I love you” tale.

You might argue that this is just a situation and not a story, but when did I refuse to accept your argument? This is what the first half of the movie is all about – situations. Do I even need to tell you that Simran eventually falls for Mr Wrong? I mean after all, the bad boys end up getting the good girls!
Sonam Kapoor looks fresh, delivers rehearsed dialogues and her emotions do not reach you. The saving grace is the chemistry between the male actors, be it Imran Khan and Aseem Tiwari (Nikhil, Jay’s friend) or Imran and Amir Ali who portrays the character of a superstar in Veer Kapoor’s film.
The film has some fresh funny lines. Some of the dialogues are really funny, but there are many that are really cliché. The pace of the film is very slow and could have been shortened, infact chopped to half the length.

Music, I did not care about it. Film, even if you are hopelessly in love with love stories, it does not have any repeat value.
My rating: Don’t wish to think about it.

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5 thoughts on “Film review: I Hate Love Storys”

  1. It is amazing to see Karan Johar with such diverse movies under his banner. I still do not know how they manage to make it hit even after such poor reviews from you and the other industry critics.

    I think you need to get out of this traumatic experience and take a good weekend break 🙂

  2. Hey Sarthak

    Honestly, did he not watch the movie before releasing? Had I been at his place, I would have stalled its release after the premiere…

    I think a week full of work can help me forget this movie :-((

  3. And yes, I forgot to mention that the lead couple looked like long lost cousins meeting after a long long time 😐

  4. I agree with lavanya..the movie is no where even near to be called a “Hit” forget being one…pathetic screenplay indeed…and yes even the music isnt a savior here unlike in other Karan Johar movies.

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