Form: Riteish Deshmukh, Tamannaah Bhatia
Director: Shashanka Ghosh
Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
Pure piffle paraded as profound punditry, Plan A Plan B is a rom-com that skims the surface of things from the heart as men and women, whether marrying or choosing to, take the sharp turns along the way. The film wanders around without much of a roadmap. The result is a flimsy affair that leaves far too much to the actors to salvage.
Stream on Netflix, Plan A Plan BDirected by Shashanka Ghosh (Khoobsurat, Veere Di Wedding) and written by Rajat Aroraa (Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, The Dirty Picture), presents an uninspired take on the clichéd theme of opposites-attracted to each other and delivers an easy story that twists and turns. to a matchmaker/marriage counselor/psychologist who practices her profession from a shared workspace that also houses an uptight divorce attorney’s office.
No prizes for guessing, Nirali Vora (Tamannaah Bhatia) and Kaustubh ‘Kosty’ Chougule (Riteish Deshmukh) have not lost any love for each other. The two have been unlucky in their respective relationships and the past reflects on how they deal with their obsessions and mental blocks.
Plan A Plan B swings between the empty to the odious in search of a good place. All he manages to hit is the bottom of the barrel. The film gives a lot of information about the two main characters, but don’t let us get involved in their fate.
While the lovable Nirali thrives on bringing people together and saving crumbling marriages, the latter, a lawyer specializing in divorce and child custody cases, takes pleasure in helping couples separate for good. It makes no sense to fix what is broken, he emphasizes.
Nirali has inherited the matchmaking business from her widowed, cheerful mother Kiran (Poonam Dhillon), who continues to make it happen because she believes age is just a number. But the daughter can not cope with a personal tragedy. Her friend Seema (Kusha Kapila) wants to help her come to terms with the loss and move on. Nirali struggles to put her past behind her.
The crispy Kosty is worse off. His marriage has imploded. His estranged wife Runjhun (Bidita Bag in a lively cameo) wants a divorce right away. Kosty, who very quickly comes in handy when it comes to his customers, hesitates. Bitter and forlorn, he drinks, dances and connects with girls through a dating app.
The protagonists give their very best, but saddled with a patchy scenario swimming in shallow waters, their play effort to spice up proceedings fails to make a meaningful difference in how the film takes shape.
Plan A Plan B looks nice and smart at first glance, but none of his witticisms, hopelessly hackneyed as they are, make it through. “Matchmaking in the Times of Tinder”, mocks Kosty Nirali’s calling. A slogan on a doormat outside the man’s cubicle reads: “Marriage is dead”. But Kosty hates giving his own failed marriage a decent and speedy legal funeral.
In the adjacent glass room, Nirali strives to show squabbling couples logic and give each other a second chance, but she can’t help but react angrily to the constant nagging Kosty exposes her to. She calls him “Caustic Chougule” and won’t hold back when outrage takes over.
With uneven poles and everything bundled up in the film without any room for novelty, it’s easy to see the final turn of a mile and a half coming, which would translate into movie footage in the entire 100-minute mark of Plan A Plan B.
As a host of other tertiary characters walk in and out of Nirali’s and Kosty’s offices, the film dwells on the relationship between the two bickering humans and moves in a direction it indicates from the moment it begins. Any twists and turns are superficial at best and add little value to a gaunt storyline.
That does not mean that Plan A Plan B has absolutely nothing to offer a discerning fan of relationship dramas. It starts off lightly enough as the stage is set for the Nirali-Kosty fireworks. From then on, however, things go downhill as a predictable thaw sets in (and passions are ignited) thanks to a band—it rests on his love of dance—which develops divorce attorney with the matchmaker’s mother as she prepares to celebrate her 60th birthday. .
Plan A Plan B exhausts its potential in doubly fast time and gropes in the dark in search of an elusive Plan C. That’s where the movie goes haywire.
Riteish Deshmukh does a great job of embodying the grumpy male lead. Tamannaah Bhatia serves as the ideal foil as a woman who represents positivity despite her own problems. Poonam Dhillon, while perky and cheerful, doesn’t exactly walk away with the film.
Kusha Kapila, who plays the heroine’s friend and confidante, does get a few words, but the character doesn’t evolve beyond being a mere sounding board. Bidita Bag, in an appearance consisting of two scenes, leaves an impression that belies the abbreviated nature of the role.
Plan A Plan B is much less intelligent than he thinks. It’s certainly not mindless, but far too much of the film revolves around the hot mess and leans on ideas that have been ruined by better, more impactful films.
The two-star rating for Plan A Plan B is solely for the two stars who stay on course, even as the movie goes in all directions.