Mark Braganza (Tanuj) is a happy-go-lucky youngster who loves his family, friends and pretty much everyone. Defying Bollywood’s stereotype, that
popular kids in college are seldom nice, Marky is the good guy. He fancies classmate Soniyo (Neha), the ever-smiling Punjabi girl, who too is Miss Goody Two-Shoes. The two simpletons take their time to realize that the fondness is indeed love. The realization comes a bit too late, since, by then, in order to oblige her parents’ wishes, Soniyo gets engaged to army man Vikram. What follows is a twist to the tale.
Luv U Soniyo manages to keep things refreshingly simple and non-sexual. For instance, the heroine does not make a slow-mo, glamourous entry into college and is not skimpily clad. The hero’s not cocky either. Everything is kept understated. However, the minimalism stays stagnant, making the love seem ambiguous and unconvincing eventually. While Soniyo confesses she is clueless about love, you too feel clueless about the ‘exact equation’ between the lead characters. Are they lovers or friends, you keep wondering!
Like romance, humour too seems forced. Laughs don’t come easy, barring the scenes where you see Aamir Khan being mimicked. Funny man Suresh Menon’s cameo, as the deadly criminal Kutti, fails to entertain. The film also seems like a mishmash of various films…you see glimpses of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and even Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
While both newcomers Tanuj and Neha are easy on the eyes and have potential, their characters don’t match their personality or mannerisms. Child actor Aaditya Shivkumar, who plays Tanuj’s younger brother Mario, is adorable. Songs are forgettable.
The film sends out a good message to youngsters like ‘family comes first’, ‘respect your elders’, etc. It has its share of sweet moments, but overall, as a rom-com, it fails to leave a mark.
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The Times of India