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Radio

Rating: 1.5

December 04, 2009

Cast: Himesh Reshammiya, Sonal Sehgal, Shenaz Treasurywala

Director: Ishan Trivedi

Trying too hard to be cool, the Himesh Reshammiya-starrer Radio is a misguided film about modern relationships.

Starring the singer-turned-actor as popular radio jockey Vivaan, who decides he’s done with relationships after the failure of his marriage, this movie sets up an unlikely scenario where Himesh is pursued by not one but two reasonably beautiful, intelligent women. His ex-wife Pooja (played by Sonal Sehgal) is clearly still in love with him. And from the look of it, he’s confused about his feelings for her too. Which is why it doesn’t help that he’s simultaneously finding himself drawn to Shanaya, a new friend he’s recently made (played by Shenaz Treasurywala), who evidently has romantic feelings for him. To complicate things further, the two girls become acquainted and get on rather well. Each loves him so much they try to set him up with the other.

Radio, written and directed by Ishan Trivedi, is an unintentionally hilarious film that unsuccessfully tries to tap the youth and its preoccupation with current fads – from social networking sites like Facebook, to idle chats in coffee-shops.

What the film lacks in story, it tries to make up in screenplay gimmicks. Hence the film’s divided into chapters with intriguing titles, and you have comic scenes featuring Paresh Rawal as a fellow radio jockey sprinkled throughout the narrative.

To add insult to injury, Radio features the worst possible performance by an ensemble cast. Sonal Sehgal and Shenaz Treasurywala don’t have one acting bone in their body, and the same sadly applies to Himesh too, who clearly seems to have worked on his physique, his hair, his appearance even, but can’t seem to do much in the acting department.

To some extent, Himesh’s music is the saving grace of Radio, but that’s only because everything else about it is so seriously flawed. The dialogue includes absolute gems that will leave you howling in your seat.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Ishan Trivedi’s Radio. The protagonists in this film repeatedly smash crockery on the floor insisting it’s good luck. I wonder whose luck they mean. Not the audience’s, I can assure you!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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