Director: Nachiket Samant
Featuring: Saqib Saleem, Shweta Basu Prasad, Pooja Bedi
Comedy Couple is a name enough to suggest what the movie is going to present. The couple here are Saqib Saleem and Shweta Prasad, and the latter describes this couple as the first comedy couple in theatrical history. And since they both work in the same profession at the same time, there is hardly any chance of rivalry or professional fear. So what could be the reason for a conflict? The comedy itself!
The couple’s name is Zoya and Deep, and the mother of the former Zohra (Pooja Bedi) advises her to only do stand-up comedy. Maybe she wants to see her daughter collect all the glory or she’s insecure and intimidated by her husband’s timing. She may be troubled by the idea of the distribution of awards. The couple’s life is frothy and fun, and given the nature of the story, the other characters should be equally comical and joke rather than dialogue.
One of their friends thinks Deep is actually too funny, but loses steam on stage. He and Zoya face other challenges too, from gossiping neighbors to painful aunts, putting up with every storm and even paying the price for it. Bikas Ranjan Mishra, who wrote the story, and Raghav Raj Kakker, who wrote the screenplay and dialogues, have kept the material light, and director Nachiket Samant is careful with their work.
It takes time to embrace Deep and Zoya’s onstage and offstage chemistry, despite the seriousness of the duo, and it’s a unique casting choice, albeit with good actors. But it’s also ironic that the supposedly first comedy couple in the country onstage barely make a good joke. At best, it fails to be as weak as Ranveer Singh from Befikre or as hideous as Saif Ali Khan from Humshakals.
There is more fun to be had when they face one turmoil after another at home, from getting caught kissing in the elevator to almost thrown out of their residence, these touches work better because the humor comes from their reactions and reactions and the sharp lines that come out easily and effortlessly. In the end, it’s all cinematic with slow-motion shots and dramatic background music.
The idea behind Comedy Couple is refreshing, only if it didn’t get shocking towards the end. After all, making a drama about comedy is no joke.
Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@BuienRadarNL) and stay up to date with the latest news