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KAMBAKKHT ISHQ

Viraj Shergill (Akshay Kumar) is a philandering and swashbuckling stuntman who works in Hollywood while Simrita Rai (Kareena Kapoor) is a firebrand feminist who is more than able to stare down the most arrogant and chauvinistic of men. The battle of the sexes begins when they meet at a wedding, where punches are thrown and kisses are blown in a twist of fate that can only result in one outcome.

Language: Hindi
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 3 Jul 2009
Genre: Action / Romance / Dance
Running Time: 2 Hours 22 Minutes
Distributor: JALAN DISTRIBUTION
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kirron Kher
Director: Sabir Khan
Format: NA

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Battle of the sexes - the repeated subject in the world of rom-coms, especially in Bollywood. From "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", "Aur Pyar Ho Gaya", to all Karan Johar-Yash Chopra movies, audiences are repeatedly feasted with such movies for their easy success and likeability. Everybody loves to watch a hero and heroine argue their ways throughout the story and end up falling in love with each other. Throw in a plot (a disciplinarian parent who hates the hero, or unrequited feelings) and voila, a box office hit.

So what makes "Kambakkht Ishq" any different? Here's a swashbuckling stuntman Viraj (played by Akshay Kumar), a player who hates the 'F' word - that is "future". Women are for the moment, and nothing else. Enters Sim (Kareena Kapoor), a swimsuit model turned surgeon (yes, you read that right) who hates men, particularly the Viraj type. And as Katie Pery genius lyrics go, they fight, they break up, they kiss, they make up. A plot about a surgery gone wrong and your typical I-will-make-the-girl-succumb-to-my-manliness bet between guys, it is more or less your average Bollywood comedy. So how to make it better, the writers and director might ask themselves?

They went: "Let's gather our resources, make them at Hollywood, and hire some Hollywood actors to be in it. Let's bring in Sylvester Stallone who obviously has seen a Sunjay Dutt film and wants to have the incredible Bollywood ability to break a street light with bare hands. Then, hire Denise Richards who wants nothing but be another Hollywood actress who are smitten with Bollywood-like Ali Larter in "Marigold" opposite Salman Khan. Oh yeah, Brandon Routh didn't have anything interesting after "Superman Returns", he must be itching to be in front of the camera, same goes with Holly Valance whose last fascinating role was being Michael Scofield stripper bride in "Prison Break" and zero singing career."

And as soon as you saw all of them, you will realise that there is nothing else interesting in it. You have the typical Bollywood comic subplot in the likes of Kasweeni and Aunt Dolly. You have the annoying arguments that goes back and forth between Viraj and Sim, that shows no inspiration from its scriptwriter. There are songs that are interesting enough for you to sing along to courtesy of Anu Malik, although I can't say the same thing about the background score. Uninspiring acting from both Akshay (that you will start to doubt his charisma as a badboy in real life, with how unbelieveably gay his wardrobe is and how tacky his delivery is) and Kareena (who forgot that surgeons should never wear fake eyelashes and long manicured nails). The only real laughter you will get is from the "hijack" joke in one of plane scenes. And the cinematography, which is quite nice.

If you are interested to see the 'new' Bollywood consisting of sexy, no-longer-innocent heroines mixed together with tacky dialogues and same ol' plot, this movie will cater that for you. But if you are still a champion of the olden days of Raj Kapoor and his "Mera Naam Joker" era, or the more straightforward stuff from Ram Gopal Varma and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, beware of this movie's saccharine sweetness. It might consume your soul - or your sanity, whichever comes first.

Cinema Online, 06 July 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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