What is it all about?
It's hard to believe that Anurag Kashyap who advocates changes in Bollywood cinema can write such an amateurish film. Even worse, he just needed to give the Tamil hit 'Youth' which was inspired by the Telugu earner 'Chiru Navvutho' some element which could have inspired the Hindi speaking heart but he seems to be uninspired by this movie on the funda of love and friendship and he tries to just sign the muster by completing the film anyhow.
The Story....of course
'Muskurake Dekh Zara' is a story of a young 'boy man' named Vivek. It's a story of simple emotions and disappointments of love and life. Vivek (Gashmeer Mahajani) has an 'upright' attitude, and ability to put people in their place and add lightness into moody and mundane situations not only when he interacts with his life's love Preeti (Twinkle Patel) but also when he encounters and jests with the simple, funny and harmless folks - like the eccentric live in DLT (Duniya Lal Tripati), the 'badnaseeb' hotel manager Khaatkar , the curious curio shop owner Elton, the heroine's eternally inebriated Chaacha who feels that one's 'spirit' can be derived only from downing spirits. The film's lighter moments beautifully intersperse with the hero's portrayal of a character of depth.
An incident of embarrassment drives Vivek from his hometown to Mumbai where he falls in love with Preeti. His leadership qualities and unusual understanding of situations makes his friends look up to him. It is his wonderful ability to reason that wins him the love of Preeti and finally put the villain Prakash Raj at bay.
With presence and not prejudice of the mind, Vivek deals with life's various and varied situations as they happen to him.
What to look out for?
New introduction Gashmeer Mahajani shows promise. Hiten Paintal Production values are fair.
The movie has a mature theme its about ideologies regarding love and friendship between a boy and a girl where the heroine tries to make the hero understand that friendship and love are different and the hero saying that one can be in love with a girl even after she is marrying another person.
The theme is matured but handled immaturely and suffers from editing jerks, unwanted songs and unconvincing comedy coming in between. The writer Anurag Kashyap seems not at all interested and he just wants to complete the film and in the process even lifts the dialogue straight from the original.
There's no harm in the story to be predictable, the treatment and the screenplay holds the key. When you cast a new face Gashmeer Mahajani (impressive) you need to maintain some freshness in the proceeding to keep the audience engrossed but in MKDJ the film struggles to move and when it does (during the second half) then its already too late.
The lead actress twinkle Patel lacks charm and talent.
Conclusion: It's an example of wasting a good productive theme.