Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge
The Facebook generation's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai...
Love and friendship are immortal, in real as well as reel life. Even in the 'Kuch Kuch hota Hai' times Love and Friendship in movies made money and so does it now. But the movies no more have the Friendship-band-tying, making new friends on 'Friendships Day' days type of Friendships anymore; it is the time of friend request, rejections and acceptances. It is the time of change, it the time of... Facebook! Nupur Asthana's Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is based on the age-old romance-war-friendship angle but with the freshness and novelty of the Gen-Y.
College Day preparations, and Vishal Bhatt (Saqib Saleem) and Preity Sen (Saba Azad) are at war; they have to be, right? After all, she is the most intelligent student in the college and he is the funniest of all. Unfortunately (or fortunately), they end up having to work together on these preparations. In today's virtual world, the concept of Love-at-first-sight has probably become obsolete but Vishal apparently falls in love...at first sight! At his best friend Rahul's (Nishant Dahiya) concert, he sees Malvika Kelkar (Tara D'Souza) and falls in love. How does he reach her? How should he find her? Should he go looking for her on streets like SRK screaming "Gumshuda..." or should he make his friends locate the girl of his dreams after an extensive search of the city like Vivek Oberoi in Saathiya? Well, none of that... All he has to do is send one friend request saying "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge..." Malvika never accepts requests from strangers but a request from Rahul the rockstar gets her thinking. But nah! No fraandships with strangers!
But, Love can make you do such things you cannot even imagine and all that this poor girl Preity, Malvika's Best Friend, does is that she accepts Rahul's friend request on Malvika’s facebook account. Then starts her flirting with the virtual Rahul. But on facebook, what you see is not necessarily what it looks like (Jo Dikhta hai who hota nahi hai...aur jo hota hai who dikhta nahi hai...). Rahul is not really Rahul... he is actually Preity's arch-rival Vishal. Now we know all know who will end up being together in the end but how it happens is what is interesting to see.
So many movies with newcomers have come this year and 99% of those actors are going to get lost in this pool of newbies. But the cast of Mujhse Fraandship Karoge looks much more promising. The entire cast is superb and you won't be able to pin point a single actor in the movie who seems to be unnecessary or someone who cannot act. Saqib might not be the next SRK and Saba the Kajol, but they share a good chemistry, can act well and seem to be in perfect sync with each other. Plus, the college students look like college students and not some old actors trying to act young, which is a big relief.
The end is a bit too filmy and very Bollywood, but overall the movie looks so beautiful with all its colours and locations that it makes for a very youthful and energetic environment. Music is another plus point with its superb songs, youngster-friendly lyrics and amazing beats.
Mujhse Fraandship Karoge is the movie for the SMS and Facebook generation of today. If you don't fall under that category, you might not like it but it is a near-perfect portrayal of today's generation. If, 'The Social Network' spoke about how Facebook came into being, then Mujhse Fraandship Karoge speaks about its results and consequences.
It is a Yash Raj movie and sounds like Mujhse Dosti Karoge but it is nothing like it. There is no melodrama, no extra emotional tangles... Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is as simple and straightforward as the question itself!