Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd (2007)
Name: Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Director: Reema Kagti
Did I watch this recently? Yes
Want to see a superior product of Just Married (2007)? Want to fall in love with Abhay Deol and Kay Kay Menon more then you already have? Want to see an all star cast that has more personality and talent in their little hands then Fardeen and Esha combined? Then see Honeymoon Travels. It’s a timepass, but a fairy cute one which may leave, for some, a bad after taste. I personally thought it was worth the watch.
So you basically have 6 couples each with their own story that unfolds as the movie progresses and of course ultimately reaches a climax. There is Shabana Azmi & Boman Irani who play the old newly married couple (who have both suffered tragedy and loss before), Amisha Patel and Karan Khanna play the arranged-cum-love marriage where Amisha is a talkative girl who lives her life like a movie, Abhay Deol and Minissha Lamba play the cutesy ‘all the same’ perfect in love couple. Kay Kay Menon and Raima Sen play the couple that has changed quite a lot after marriage from what they fell in love with when they were young. Vikram Chatwal and Sandhya Mridul play the recently eloped couple, Diya Mirza and Ranvir Shorey play the recent arranged couple where the bride just won’t stop crying. Of course Arjun’s character is more of a surprise!
This movie could have easily fallen apart were it not for the actors. They give such life to their characters, that as viewers its easier to forgot the flaws of this movie as you just sit back and enjoy watching their performances. Of course if I had to pick a weak actor it would be Karan Khanna who plays Vicky. For a character who is dealing with some of the most complex emotions in the movie, Khanna totally makes it fall flat by his wooden expressions and in the end does not do justice to a potential complex character. He just leaves us with confusion. Also Ranvir Shorey’s short stint in this movie did nothing for me – which is a shame, i’m starting to doubt i like him after this and Bheja Fry.
Towards the end of the movie you may find yourself going ‘What the??’. But I hope you don’t let these moments spoilt the other enjoyable parts of this film. Yes many parts are too contrived (I’m pointing to anyone who has seen this as the ‘Will & Grace styled storyline), the daughter in Goa etc. But some of the ‘what the’ moments are just part of the crazy tone of the movie. If you are easy going and get the tone of this film then some ‘what the’ moments might turn into ‘awww’ (for me thats the Minissha & Abhay story).
A common complaint of this film is it lacks focus and depth. I can see where they are coming from, but how focused and deep can you get when you have to explore 6 couple’s storylines in 2 hours. I think Honeymoon Travel put in a good attempt considering how challenging it is. They provided their characters with back story in an inventive and time concise way, they used normal dialogue in a non-direct way to highlight the issues of the characters (Raima Sen’s character most springs to mind with this) and also managed to provide comedy as well. Looking at the Raima Sen and Kay Kay Menon scene when Kay Kay makes Raima take the wind glider despite the fact she has been advised against it in a sari. This scene shows both the freeing of Raima’s character when she enjoys the ride despite her sari coming off and demonstrates Kay Kay’s characters issues with trying to control and suppress Raima’s individuality and modernity. Plus they produced a very funny comedy moment in the process – the perfect combination and attempt to provide complex characterisation and story development that is fun to watch.
But with that in mind there were problems with the story telling. Some of the other storylines could have been cut to focus more on the couples (such as the driver’s nephew and the westerner storyline and also cut the Boman Irani and his daughter storyline) which i doubt anyone would miss. Another issue was the resolution of the couples storylines. I know its silly to want everything wrapped up in a nice little parcel, but i really wanted to know what happens with some of the couples storylines that are left hanging in the air. Its like they introduce and finally tell the viewer of the problems, but only 3/6 of the couples actually have their problems resolved by the end of the movie. Which i guess is less contrived, but also is a bit annoying.
Now my favourite people of this movie:
1. Abhay & Minissha as Aspi and Zara. They are your most vomit worthy obnoxiously cutsey couple, they never fight and they do nearly everything the same. But for the few scenes they are in I found them absolutely hilarious – from the synchronised eating/swimming, the ‘Pyaar Ki Yeh Kahani’ spanish dancing and the dog/cat foreplay all of which brought a smile to my face. I wanted Abhay to take me for a dance after seeing him move Minissha around in Pyaar Ki Yeh Kahani.
2. Kay Kay & Raima as Partho and Milly. They are the once romantic couple that has become boring once married. Milly also has comprised part of herself to become the good housewife while Partho doesn’t let himself have any fun anymore since being married. This couple utilises more subtle comedy but you love this couple not for their comedy, but how real and intriguing their story is. I’m sure there are thousands of couples who are suffering from the same problems as Partho and Milly. Lets hope they all resolve it over a cracktastic dance like Kay Kay (Partho) did (see the song Sajnaji Vaari Vaari).
3. Shabana & Boman as Nahid and Oscar. The newly married couple at 50 something. Both have suffered losses and tragedy in their lives but have decided to try again with each other even at their age. Shabana and Boman are an odd pair, but its hard not to fall in love with this elderly couple. They are just effortless and natural with each other you could swear they have been married in real life for years. I wish they focused though on less of Boman’s daughter and more on Shabana and Boman themselves.
Music on a small side note was melodic, toe tapping and an all round solid good album. Favourite songs are ‘Pyaar Ki Yeh Kahani’ and ‘Sajnaji Vaari Vaari’.
Overall Score: 3.5/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – Despite its flaws its a good timepass that is cute, funny and should have you so engaged the movie flys by in the 2 hours. Ending may leave you with a bad aftertaste, but hopefully a little of Abhay and Kay Kay sugar should not leave you with it.
Entry filed under: 3 Star Movies, Movie Reviews. Tags: Abhay Deol, Amisha Patel, Arjun Rampal, Boman Irani, Diya Mirza, Honeymoon Travels, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, Karan Khanna, Kay Kay Menon, Minissha Lamba, Raima Sen, Ranvir Shorey, Reema Kagti, Sandhya Mridul, Shabana Azmi, Vikram Chatwal.