Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006) *HQ*

PKSEWhile it’s not a startlingly original film at any level, Pyaar Ke Side Effects manages to essentially pull off the loser-talks-to-camera movie, a concept done to death in American cinema but very rarely seen on our shores. It tackles an urban relationship — the love story between two consenting adults who are ready for a relationship, not marriage. PYAAR KE SIDE/EFFECTS mirrors certain truths that several working people in a metropolis face. And it’s this facet that forms the crux of the story.

Cast: Rahul Bose, Mallika Sherawat, Ranvir Shorey

Sid [Rahul Bose] leads an ideal life. He’s a DJ. He has a girlfriend Trisha [Mallika Sherawat]. And right in the middle of a crucial cricket match, Trisha proposes marriage. Sid panics. But Trisha wants everything — love, marriage, a loving husband, the brats, a beautiful home. And the only way Sid can keep Trisha in his life is by committing to her.

Sid searches for answers — his sister’s advice, his mother’s guidance and his room mate’s constant red alert against marriage. And as a confused Sid marches over to Trisha office, he ends up asking her to marry him.

Now begins his nightmare… the search for a perfect engagement ring, furniture hunts and conversations about children. And then, to top it all, Sid meets the family — Trisha’s father, Retired General Mallick [Sharat Saxena] or ‘Papa’ as Trisha would have him called the ‘old monster’ — who hates the very sight of Sid and constantly tries to disconnect him from Trisha.

There are more characters in this story: Trisha’s ex-fiancé [Jas Arora], her best friend and Sid’s constant’s worry ‘Dracula’ [Suchitra Pillai], a hot babe Tanya [Sophie Chaudhary], Sid’s pregnant and hyper sister Shalini [Taraana Raja] and her husband Kapil [Aamir Bashir] and the always insane Nanoo [Ranvir Sheorey].

Most of it leaves you amused, but not quite driven to guffaws, because there’s a seen-that feeling. The lines echo old one-liners and emailed forwards, but the film clicks as it manages to stay true to its frivolous self. So, while it might be inspired from a variety of sources and there isn’t a quotable line you haven’t heard/read/seen before, it’s all in fun. And mostly harmless.

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