Directed by: Vishal Mishra
Starring: Kunaal Roy Kapur, Karishma Sharma, Zeishan Quadri, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajesh Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Malvi Malhotra
Release date: 26 October 2018
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Hotel Milan is a 2018 Indian comedy film directed by Vishal Mishra. The film stars Kunaal Roy Kapur, Karishma Sharma, Zeishan Quadri, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajesh Sharma and Zakir Hussain. The film is scheduled to release on 26 October 2018.
Vipul (Kunaal Roy Kapur), his girlfriend, Shaheen (Karishma Sharma) and his friend, Saurabh (Zeishan Quadri) start a hotel that charges its guests on an hourly basis. The hotel attracts many lovers, who are looking for a place to spend time with each other. However, Goldie Kaushik (Jaideep Ahlawat) of the Bharat Nirmaan Party’s Youth Wing and the Anti-Romeo Squad hate the existence of Hotel Milan.
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This one opens with a blurry news footage featuring ‘Romeo squads’ — self-designated patrol groups out to batter and bruise young lovers. Showing affection in public is, after all, not in our “sabhyata” — an argument defending the mindless violence wrecked to protect it. But this documentary style of reportage swiftly turns into a B-grade mockumentary-of-sorts where men seek chummas but end up as victims of lathi-charge — whether or not the said chumma was received.
The film’s jobless lead Vipul (Kunaal Roy Kapur) has only one concern — impressing his girlfriend Shaheen (Karishma Sharma). He calls her ‘Saheen’ since the film is set in Kanpur. But gifts such as a box full of cash, a fake gun and a couple of tedious tracks don’t cut it and he must secure gainful employment. He chances upon a need gap that could be served with a unique offering — a hotel that rents out rooms on an hourly basis to couples who want the privacy. Conveniently, a friend’s uncle has just the kothi for it and an establishment which shares its name with the film’s title is constituted. Their overnight success attracts the attention of local politician Goldie (Jaideep Ahlawat) who raids and destroys the hotel with his gang of goons. But Vipul must salvage the loss of property and self-esteem and sues the police and politician concerned. And thus, an unending courtroom drama follows.
The film’s production values are so low, it almost seems like many from the technical staff walked off the project midway and those who stayed back had to double-up for them. It’s the kind of film that helps investors get tax breaks, even at the risk of being unable to cover the costs. To make things even more insufferable, a jarring laughter track lends the film a treatment synonymous with mediocre sitcoms.
If Roy Kapur doesn’t get a kick out of self-harm, it’s difficult to imagine why he would agree to be a part of Hotel Milan. It’s the kind of project you’d not wish on your worst enemy. The actor couldn’t have been worse cast for the part and his discomfort translates in his character. Zeishan Quadri, best known as the co-writer and actor of Gangs of Wasseypur, has little to work with here and is barely tolerable. If Ahlawat shot for this one prior to Raazi, he can be forgiven. If not, he needs to seriously go beyond the first page of the script before signing on the dotted line. But for that, the draft needs to exceed a page.
In a bid to rationalise PDA, a dialogue refers to Khajuraho and Kamasutra, attesting to India’s carnal history. Then, by that token, even BDSM could be a hat tip to slavery.