Director: Namrata Singh Gujral
Starring: Rajkummar Rao & Nargis Fakhri
Written by: Namrata Singh Gujral, Denise Cruz-Castino & Andy Glickman
Lured by the prospect of taking over as the editor of an American magazine, journalist Shania Dhaliwal (Nargis Fakhri) travels from California to India in order to cover five Indian weddings. With handsome local cop Harbhajan Singh (Rajkummar Rao) and his funny partner, Donald (Ravi Aneja), as her guides, she attends various ceremonies at five weddings. Shania discovers there is more to India than she remembers. Despite pushback from the authorities, including Officer Singh, she becomes intrigued by hijra, the third gender, and its role in the ceremonies. Meanwhile, Shania searches for her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she and her mother (Bo Derek) left decades earlier for America.
The film has occasionally funny moments, but it offers neither insight into Indian culture nor a compelling central romance. The story is something that we have seen so many times before and doesn’t really work in 2018.
Technically, the film is okay. Cinematography by Christo Bakalov is good and he manages to capture India quite well. The editing by Steve Mirkovich is decent. the screenplay is weak and is too clichéd. it also lacks humour. The characters could have been written stronger as well. The chemistry between Rajkummar Rao and nargis Fakhri was also lacking.
Performances from the cast were good. Rajkummar Rao is brilliant as usual and gives an honest performance. the rest of the cast offer abled support but have been let down by the script.
The direction by Namrata Singh Gujral is okay and she fails to uplift the film with her direction.
At the box-office
The film has taken a disappointing start and will struggle.