Release year: 2012
Director: Sachin Kundalkar
Starring: Rani Mukerji, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nirmiti Sawant, Subodh Bhave, Jyoti Subhash, Satish Alekar, Anita Date, Amey Wagh
Meenakshi (Mukerji) is a young woman with her head in the clouds and an ultra-sensitive sense of smell. Her parents try to arrange a marriage for her, but Meenakshi has fallen in love with the smell of a painter named Surya (Sukumaran).
Bollywood movies are known for their joy, colours and over-the-top everything. Aiyyaa adds silliness and slap-stick humouristic characters to the formula with the danger of loosing fans along the way. But if you bare over with the caricature characters that are Mynah and the blind grandmother, and to some degree the kid brother, then Aiyya can be the feel-good treat you never knew you wanted. Like many Indian movies the running time is quite long and the movie is in danger of dragging at times. But the sheer joy of the immense screen presence of leading star Mukerji (Black, 2005) saves the day again and again. That woman is stunning and capable of showing glowing emotions in her eyes that leaves you smiling back at the screen when she once again is drawn to her love through his smell. The musical numbers born from her fantasies of Surya are vivid, fun, cheerful and surprisingly erotic but there are also silly songs and beautiful tender songs in this crazy Indian rom-com. Sukumaran (Ennu Ninte Moideen, 2015) greatly manage to play the mysterious man she falls for while Bhave (Ti Ani Itar, 2017) is the sweet yin to his more dangerous yang as the love rival. It is cheezy fun and not for anyone but if you like quirky, perhaps you should gives this charming Bollywood movie a chance.
The title translates as ‘Oh my!’
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