'Qasam se boss, ye tha kya!?'In the name of a college romance cum drama cum emotional entertainer,this film gets into the zone that the likes of 'Dil' and 'Jaan Tere Naam',two of the most memorable college romances in the early 90s, had left behind two decades ago.
Agreed that formula films are back, as can be evidenced with the superb success of 'Rowdy Rathore'.However repackaging is the name of the game, something that 'Qasam Se Qasam Se'entirely lacks.
In fact so formulaic and clichÃ©d is the film that even when a couple of stray scenes do catch your attention due to their dramatic quotient, the subsequent scenes kill the entire impact,only to make this a wannabe film that just fails to impress.
Set in a college,the film is a love story of two youngsters - Azim Rizvi and Faith (yes, that's the name of the heroine).
Even as love blossoms for them,there are stray characters like a hottie teacher (Rakhi Sawant - who isn't really hot after all),a canteen owner (Satish Kaushik, funny in parts but sadly presented as a caricature) and worse, Omkar Das Manikpuri (of 'Peepli [Live]' fame),in yet another forgettable outing (and that too as a college student) after 'MLA' which released a while ago.
First time director perhaps believed that by bringing in such elements in the film,he was making it as 'masala' as possible.So there is this third angle about another boy being in love with the girl,the hero being framed of misdoings, the influential fathers coming into picture and then an attempt to inject a twist in the tale that does create an impact, but more on the periphery than in entirety.
Reasons are more than one for the film failing to sustain your interest in the proceedings.Right from a title which is totally outdated, the film doesn't even boast of actors who could have made the film their own.
Yes, there have been films raised to an average to above average standards by actors who have at least tried to perform, case in point being the likes of 'Jo Hum Chahein' or 'Miley Naa Miley Hum'.
None of these were classics by any standards but then the actors seemed to have had done their homework to some extent. In case of 'Qasam Se Qasam Se', even that's not the case.
What makes the film go further down the drawn is a convenient narrative that just doesn't involve a novel element in there and only attempts to showcase the hero as the next big thing in the offering.
This means that there is ample 'naachgaana' in the offering that aims at bringing on commercial elements (nothing wrong with that since that is expected from a film like this). However right from start to finish,the film hardly makes you feel that you are watching an A-grade production which only brings the interest level down with every passing reel.
As the end credits start rolling, the only thing that stays in your mind (after you have taken a conscious call to forget the story and the characters) is - 'Why are such films still made in Bollywood? Do we really deserve them?'