What would the romcom genre do if “Opposites Attract” didn’t exist? Plan A Plan B, a new Bollywood film on Netflix, is one of several examples that support this ostensibly romantic theme. Plan A Plan B, directed by Shashanka Ghosh, is about two people who, because of their completely different career paths and troubled romantic histories, find themselves at a crossroads. Naturally, they quarrel before falling in love and finding a happy ending.
Marriage counselor Nirali (Tamannaah Bhatia) works hard to encourage couples to get married. She is single, nevertheless, as she has a hard time moving on from her ex. She discovers her new work on the same floor as divorce attorney Koustubh Chougule, also known as Kosty (Riteish Deshmukh). Due to a nasty divorce that is still going on, Kosty’s love life is also in a rut like Nirali’s, but it hasn’t prevented him from going on Tinder dates.
Watch the trailer of Plan A Plan B here
Nirali and Kosty frequently disagree because of their dissimilar employment, much to the amusement of the other people who work on the floor. That won’t stop Cupid from striking them shortly, of course, and you already know how the rest of the narrative ends.
Plan A However, Plan B falls short of checking any of the boxes above. Riteish Deshmukh brings his charm to a forgettable role, and Tamannaah Bhatia looks stunning. Riteish and Tamannaah are fine. They are forced to sing a flat and obnoxiously formulaic romantic track, nevertheless. There are few moments worth admiring, despite the actors’ best efforts to liven up the action. This results in their chemistry being, for lack of a better description, “lacking.” The only time I noticed any spark was during the dancing portion of the climax, possibly because I was pleading for something at that time.
For a romcom, neither the comedy nor the romance makes you laugh out loud in this instance. It’s an outrage in a movie where a marital counselor uses pheromone tests to determine a couple’s compatibility. Moreover, a character is affectionately referred to as “Pussy Aunty.” The conversations have the air of a baby boomer trying to keep up with millennial slang. Even more annoying are the plot roadblocks to delay that beautiful ending, which should have come sooner.
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