Straight - Movie Review
Straight looses the chance to be bright
Review by : Harish V
Starring: Vinay Pathak, Gul Panag, Ketaki Dave, Anuj Chaudhary
Direction: Parvati Balagopalan
Music: Sagar Desai
Production: iDream Productions, Sony Pictures
Straight is Vinay Pathak, the Steve Carell of Indian cinema's next film. With Desimad's innovative net marketing, he has made Straight an interesting venture. Parvathi, the one who taught us 'Rules' of love tries to convince us that Pinu Patel is Straight. Will this love triangle work?

Pinu Patel, soaked in Indian tradition, owns a restaurant in London. He tries to find an ideal partner for him. But Vinay's bitter luck, a happy life always eludes him. In comes Renu (Gul Panag) and Kamlesh (Anuj Chaudary) as employees, and Pinu Patel's restaurant changes for the good and so do his life. Renu falls for Pinu and he reciprocates the feelings. But the twist begins with a lottery picked by Pinu and Kamlesh wins the jackpot and out of joy Kamlesh kisses Pinu. Though Kamlesh hardly notices it but little did he know that this incident will change Pinu's life. Now Pinu, tell us, are you gay or are you straight?

With Dostana still fresh in memory, many would compare it to Straight, apart from the fact that the movie talks about gay relationship, there are hardly any similarities. Inspired from 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', but it doesn't stick to the original, which is good, but it doesn't try to drive in the uncharted terrains that is not. The first half, with the help of a rapidly paced screenplay, some imaginative transition and editing, impresses you, but the second half looses its grip after a while and tries very hard to find your funny bone but hardly comes even close to it. The climax is the typical Bollywood romantic comedy setting. Oh My God! Can it get more clichéd than this?

Parvathi, direction-wise, was decent in the first film and still continues to impress us in bits and pieces. The very fact of such a movie is tried by a lady is very encouraging. Cinematography by Dev Verma is bad, it does start good but many shots are taken by a less powerful camera and it doesn't feel nice to see such humbug in a big production. Music is functional but none stay with you. Nishant, the editor, has done his job pretty good. Dialogues are good and the place where Pinu's cousin talks about gays and love is clinically written.

Vinay Pathak suits the role of Pinu to a T, even though it feels like a matured version of Dasvidaniya character, Hope he gets much deeper and different roles in the future. Gul Panag is cute and does her role efficiently. Anuj Choudary is decent for a first timer. Siddharth Makkar tries a fake accent and is a complete downer.

Overall, the movie is a confused comedy which might get little patronage among the multiplex audience and a long run is certainly not on cards.

Verdict: Gay - Straight - Movie – Confusion

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