• 03 Nov - 09 Nov, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

Nargis Fakhri, the Bollywood beauty, captured the hearts and minds of all when she debuted; since then she has worked in more crappy films than in good ones and 5 Weddings is one that falls in the former category. Mainly produced in English and dubbed in Hindi, the film hardly had any ‘pull’ for the audience who usually prefer to watch films in the language they can understand well. The film might have done well at the Box Office had it been treated as an English film. The dubbing reminded the 1990s when it was initially tried on TV and failed.

Written and directed by Namrata Singh Gujral, 5 Weddings comes out as a movie that could have been a contender but fails due to bad execution. There was Bo Derek in the film as Nargis Fakhri’s mother who plays an American journalist sent to India to cover 5 weddings. Not only does she realize that her country of birth has evolved but also falls in love with her liaison officer Harbhajan (Rajkummar Rao). She gets to meet different kind of people, a fact that might interest foreigners but not people on this side of the border who live in more or less the same conditions. Nargis Fakhri looked ravishing as always but you can’t save a film from sinking if the rest of the cast is unknown (except Bo Derek and Rajkummar Rao) and come out as stupid rather than convincing. •