I Hate Luv Storys (IHLS) stars Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan. It is directed by Punit Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar. This is the first time both these actors are working in a Karan Johar production. The movie is especially important for Sonam who flopped miserably in Saawariya and Delhi 6 in terms of looks as well as her acting. Imran had a good start with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na but came back to earth when Kidnap bombed.
IHLS is one of those cliched love stories where the girl loves the guy, the guy doesn’t believe in love and then falls in love with the girl by the end of the story. The story is actually as wafer-thin as that if you may want to call it.
But what makes it different is the treatment. The pairing of Imran and Sonam is really as fresh as a daisy. Sonam looks fabulous. She has never ever looked even 10% of this before. For the girls, Imran is as usual a treat to watch. One thing is for sure; Karan Johar makes his actors look amazing despite anything else. Their acting skills are nothing too great to look out for. Actually none of the side actors except Imran’s friend have much to do. Interestingly, Imran doesnt seem to know how to dance. Check out the title song for that ;). All the songs of the movie are melodious. Many of them are of chartbuster variety. My personal favourites are Bahara, Bin tere (All three versions), Jab Mila Tu and Sadka. The locations are amazing – interestingly this time its New Zealand and not Switzerland.
In the end, it all boils down to what you expect from the movie. IHLS never promised an amazing storyline or tried to impress the critics. It project itself as a simple youthful feel good movie about love and relationships. And truthfully speaking it does deliver on that front. Yes, probably the cliches like referring to DDLJ, K2H2, KAANK etc did get a bit too much. It did get a bit melodramatic at many places.
But all in all a sweet and romantic movie meant to be watched with the person you love – AT LEAST ONCE! You will surely feel good when you come out of the theater.
Rating – 2.5/5