Pyaar Ka Punchnama is half-way funny but could have done better with some editing.
Cast: Kartikey Tiwari, Rayo Bhakirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonali Sehgal, Nusrat Barucha, Ishita Sharma
Direction: Luv Ranjan
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
Rating: ** (2 Out of 5)
Pyaar Ka Punchnama, written and directed by debutant Luv Ranjan, starts out with some promise, echoing Dil Chahta Hai with a laid-back, buddy vibe but that evaporates as soon as the women appear.
The first half hour or so of the film depicts the bachelor life: messy living space, clothes strewn around and each one of the three boys taking their turns at domestic chores. They are, at least in the beginning, united by a lack of romance in their lives.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama looks like a younger version of Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. As it progresses, you realise it has elements borrowed from films ranging from American Pie to Masti and Kya Kool Hai Hum.
The boys Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma and Kartikeya Tiwari are much, much better than the girls – Divyendu and Kartikeya even manage to infuse some emotional heft into the proceedings but finally, this script proves to be too high a hurdle to clear.