Shimla Mirchi: 2020 Bollywood Rom-com Drama

Shimla Mirchi: 2020 Bollywood Rom-com Drama

Movie Name: Shimla Mirchi
Directed by:  Ramesh Sippy
Starring: Hema Malini, Rajkummar Rao, Rakul Preet Singh, Shakti Kapoor
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 03 January, 2020
Running Time: 129 Minutes

A woman falls in love with a man very much younger in age.

Thia film is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Ramesh Sippy starring Hema Malini, Rajkummar Rao and Rakul Preet Singh. It is jointly produced by Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy and Kiran Juneja. The film got about 5 year delay release date by no buyer found to buy film.

The official trailer of the film was unveiled by Viacom18 Motion Pictures on 26 December 2019.

The film’s music is composed by Meet Bros Anjjan while lyrics are written by Kumaar.

Shimla Mirchi Movie Trailer:

Shimla Mirchi Movie Review:

Swiftly escalates into a headache

When a film has been lying in the cans for too long, it shows. The actors have evolved in appearance and craft, the turns in the story seem hardly plausible and the dated treatment gives away the fact that the film has been recently defrosted. And Shimla Mirchi is certainly one such film. Based on the 2010 French comedy Beautiful Lies, this is a rom-com that swiftly escalates into a headache.

A stuttering mess, Avinash (Rajkummar Rao) can barely spell his heart, and is routinely mocked by his family members — one aunt keeps telling him to “have some balls”. When holidaying in Shimla, he chances upon a cafe owner, Naina (Rakul Preet Singh) and knows right away that she’s the one. Challenged in all things intimate, Avinash translates his feelings by joining her cafe as a help. But things take a turn for the worse when his love letter to Naina reaches her mother Rukmini (Hema Malini) who concludes that she has an anonymous admirer.

Every character in this film seems to be on acid. Naina projects unexplained rage— in a scene, she smashes everything in sight just because the interior designer helping her set up her cafe was trying to pass off an expensive lamp. Even the middle-aged Rukmini conveys that fuzzy feeling of being in love by throwing her arms up in the air, swaying about in a nightgown and speaking in a loud shrill voice. The scene where we find her mounting a tree is punched in with a score that goes “Rukmini, kahan chali?” It’s all too contrived and exhausting after a point.

Hema Malini fans must avoid this one at all cost. It’s upsetting to see the screen legend reduce herself to such a hamming fit. When her character takes an amorous turn and she must acquire a seductive stride, the original Dream Girl seems to channel the awkward manner of Lisa Marie Smith in Mars Attacks!. Even Rao seems visibly uncertain in approaching his Avinash, and suggests that he’s best confined to crime-thrillers. Singh could pass for those 90s actresses — easily interchangeable and utterly inconsequential to the plot.

Ramesh Sippy, who picks up the megaphone after a gap of 25 years, surely hasn’t kept up with the times and sloppy editing and directionless storytelling become additional nails on this coffin. Making a cameo in the film as a hat-donning ‘writer’, one even gets to see the maker, credited with iconic hits such as Shaan, Sholay and Saagar, on the big screen.

Set in the summer capital of British India, this one had the potential to be a breezy romedy. All it needed was sharper lines, compelling performances and a less predictable climax. But then, that would be an entirely different film.

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