Director: Luv Ranjan

Cast: Kartikeya Tiwari, Rayo Bhakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Sonalli Sehgal, Nushrat Bharucha, Ishita Sharma

Jagran rating:  (Average)

Story line: ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ revolves around three guys and their views upon love. They decided to give up their friendship for the sake of their girlfriends. But finally they find themselves incapable to satisfy the never-ending demands of their feisty girlfriends and they understand that girls are really from Venus, the most irrational planet in the solar system.
‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ is not based on the decade old plot of boy-meet-gal-and-they-live-happily-thereafter; it shows a new angle of modern relationship. It's actually a satire on love and relationships.

Rajat (Kartik), Chaudhary (Raayo) and Liquid (Divyendu) three friends are stuck in their boring life and go in search of love to add some spice into their lives. Unfortunate Rajat soon finds one in Neha (Nushrat). It is all so good till Rajat starts a living relationship with her.
Chaudhary meets Riya (Sonalli), but she's still stuck with Varun (Padam), her boyfriend of five years.

Liquid and Charu (Ishita) meets at their work place and become friends. Charu likes him, but only as a friend. She is already committed to her long-distance beau, Abhijeet (Ravjeet). Liquid ends up being used by the girl.

This is the story of three guys and the tumultuous relationships they share with the women in their lives.

Thumbs up: ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ is young at heart and contemporary. Director Luv Ranjan strikes the right balance between fun-n-frolic and somber-n-serious moments.
Music score is energetic and youth friendly, especially 'Ishq Na Kariyo Kaake' and and 'Kutta'. Kudos to Sudhir K Chaudhary's fantastic cinematography.

All the actors and actresses are newcomers but they look confident. Rayo Bhakhirta and Divyendu Sharma are a delight to watch. Lead female actors too have done justice to their roles.

Thumbs down: ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ looks tedious due to unending battle between couples which makes it boring. In terms of storyline and plot, constant break-up and patch-up between couples looks annoying. In this connection, one thing has to be mentioned, here.  Relationships go wrong, but in this movie, director puts all the blame on the foul female species.

Script is untidy and not clear. A rough ending and dragging second-half makes it dull. Director tries a lot to stretch a paper-thin story which becomes a real test of patience for the audiences. Though the movie does have a few funny sequences but by and large, it's a case of promises unfulfilled.

Pyaar Ka Punchnama, written and directed by debutant Luv Ranjan, starts out with some promise, echoing Dil Chahta Hai but that buddy vibe soon disappears as the women appear.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama isn’t a pioneering cinema but it puts the fun quotient back into the movies.

Love, ishq, pyaar, mohabbat is in the air of Bollywood. ‘LUV KA THE END’ and ‘LOVE U... MR. KALAKAAR’! have been released last week and ‘PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA’ hits theatres on this Friday. Hold on, this is not the end of love; ‘KUCCH LUV JAISAA’, ‘A STRANGE LOVE STORY’ and ‘LOVE EXPRESS’ are slated for release in the coming weeks.

With such a heavy dose of ‘pyaar’ the audiences may want to taste something else, unless the served romance is titillating to the palates. In that case, ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ fails to leave you with- craving for more greed-but is not that dull also not to look appetizing.     
It's radiantly good cinema that needs to be lauded and encouraged. Last but not the least you can go for ‘Pyar Ka Punhchnama’ but be aware of your girlfriends. Don’t blame us for the punch you may face from her.

JPN/Bureau