Not okay at all

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Not okay at all

Ok Jaanu       
Hindi (U/A)Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Leela Samson
Director: Shaad Ali

Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor have to choose between living in and getting married. The commitment-phobic couple makes a decision after eight songs, a rigorous get-wet-in-the-rain regimen and innumerable eye-locks on Mumbai local trains.

That is precisely 137 minutes of pure saccharine love in Mani Ratnam mould, that too, an old mould.

A remake of O Kadhal Kanmani, Ok Jaanu fails to bring the freshness that Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menen brought so effortlessly to the Tamil original.

Aditya and Shraddha romance in the same setting, where they share space with an old couple (a delightful Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson). Everything is perfect in the love nest — lots of action between the sheets, good food and some wise counsel from Shah.

Also, the lovers seem to have jobs to die for. Aditya is a video game developer with his sights set on the US, while Shraddha plans to pursue her architecture goals in Paris. And both are blessed with bosses who don’t mind their employees stealing time (read hours) at work for sex.

The fairytale goes on and on with no hiccups and everything seems perfectly okay in Ok Jaanu. Which is certainly not okay.

Dedicating an entire movie to a couple’s inability to make a choice would have worked fine had the two brought some spark to their not-here-not-there act.

Shraddha has smouldering looks, but she really has to work on her craft. Aditya,
on the other hand, does a good job as the hero who can’t take his hands off his woman.

The two tango alright, but the magic, if any, stays unlocked.

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