Director: Sharat Katariya
Cast: Purab kholi, Tisca Chopra, Rajat Kapoor, Koel Purie, Tara Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam, Anusha Bose
b! Says: **
Remember the good old days when stories about love potions got us all excited? Dreams of using them on your latest crush wouldn’t go away for weeks. The idea soon lost its novelty as we grew up and fantasies based on complex concoctions became a thing of the past. The idea behind ’10ml Love’ is dated and even though the treatment is fresh, it’ll take more than a spoonful of sugar to make this one go down.
Based on Shakespeare’s play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ’10ml Love’ is about a motley group of people in search of romance. Neel Bhatia (Purab Kohli) is getting married to his school friend Shweta Rai (Tara Sharma). Even though he looks forward to new beginnings, Neel is reluctant to let go of his long-time girlfriend, Minnie Mehta (Koel Purie). Shweta, a self-centred, daddy’s girl has her own set of hang-ups, and wants to run away with her garage-worker boyfriend, Peter Perreira (Neil Bhoopalam). The story of this queasy quadrangle is spiced up when a wandering quack Ghalib (Rajat Kapoor) and his wife, Roshni (Tisca Chopra) enter the equation.
A 10ml bottle of a love potion that changes the course of a wedding may have seemed exciting on paper, but it fails to entertain as much on screen. The movie is pleasant and doesn’t leave audiences with too much of a sour aftertaste, but it’s hardly worth relishing either.
A bunch of menopausal Punjabi women entertain the audiences thoroughly and bring back memories from Mira Nair’s ‘Monsoon Wedding’. But their remarks about waxed chest and big boobs are used merely as fillers in between dialogues and we wish they had more to do. The caterers, preparing for their Ramlila play on the side, promise some laughs but lose their sheen towards the middle.
A few good actors help save the day. Rajat Kapoor and Tisca Chopra deliver spot on performances. Rajat’s long beard with a slight red tinge gives his lower-middle class look more weight. The loose pyjamas and printed shirts only reinforce his character’s appeal. Tisca’s dialogues are in-your-face and she keeps her over-protective, doubtful husband on his toes during the entire film’s length. Purab Kohli is well suited for his role but his character feels a little hollow and should have been a little more layered. While your heart might ache for Koel Purie a bit, Tara Sharma is a damp squib. Her love story hangs loose and is anything but convincing. Neil Bhoopalam has been wasted and frames that include him are plain boring. After a good performance in ‘Shaitan’, we expected something better from this good-looking actor.
You’ll need a real magic potion to really enjoy ’10ml Love’. Give it a miss at the theatres and wait to catch it on TV.