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One wonders if the “interspersing-of-various-couple’s” formula reaps rich dividends, considering the fact that Nikhil Advani’s recently released SALAAM-E-ISHQ didn’t quite leave an impressionable mark at the box office. The film had an ensemble star cast comprising of 6 couples that dealt with different issues plaguing each one. Reema Kagti’s HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD. is also interwoven around 6 quirky couples and apparently bears some kind of resemblance to SEI though Kagti would beg to differ!
Excel Entertainment's HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD. is about newly married couples on a package honeymoon tour to Goa. Exciting and cheerful, this vacation is a subsidized option for a lot of dreamers on the brink of their new life.
The film is woven around six couples, a guide, a driver and a handyman riding in a bus from Bombay to Goa. Juxtaposed into the hectic four-day schedule in the film, is a radio show called "Pyaar ke Lamhe". The jockey plays the role of an omniscient narrator and discusses individual characters, revealing secrets about them and their past.
The film's narrative humorously unfolds different stories that explore the nature of love and human relationships.
From the time the bus leaves Bombay, a man on a bike follows them all the way to Goa. We don't know who this 'mystery man' is. He is dressed in leather and a helmet throughout, until one day…
Directed by Reema Kagti, the film stars Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Ameesha Patel, Karran Khanna, Raima Sen , Kay Kay Menon, Minissha Lamba, Abhay Deol, Sandhya Mridul, Vikram Chatwal, Dia Mirza, Ranvir Shorey, Darshan Jariwala, Chandan Bist and Naved Aslam.
Every couple is unique in its own way! Read on to know more about them…
Oscar Fernandez (Boman Irani) and Nahid (Shabana Azmi) They are an elderly couple; a bit out of place in this group of young honeymooners. The carefree twosome doesn’t care about people poking fun at them. They are on honeymoon to keep their difficult past behind and search for a new future with each other.
Partho Sen (Kay Kay Menon) and Milly Sen (Raima Sen) This couple from suburban Kolkata is engaged in an eternal war of the sexes. A dominating Partho tries curbing his wife’s fun-loving instincts till things get shockingly out of control in Goa!
Pinky (Amisha Patel) and Vicky (Karan Khanna) Pinky and Vicky, from Delhi, are poles apart. While Pinky is talkative to the hilt, Vicky is the quiet sort. The reason for his aloofness is manifest at the end.
Madhu (Sandhya Mridul) and Bunty (Vikram Chatwal) This is a “crossover couple” with the husband being an affluent NRI from L.A., and the wife, a typical Mumbai girl. Seemingly, they’re well-matched – well, almost like girlfriends!
Aspi (Abhay Deol) and Zara (Minissha Lamba) They are, supposedly, the “perfect” couple who’ve never had an argument. All the other couples comment, with envy, on their compatibility, but no one can guess their real secret!
Hitesh (Ranvir Shorey) and Shilpa (Dia Mirza) This is a young couple from orthodox Gujarat. Shilpa is petrified of honeymooning but Hitesh assures her that she will return with a smile on her face - words that will prove uncannily ironic in retrospect!
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, music for the film is provided by Vishal and Shekhar. The film is all set to release on 23rd February 2007. Studio 18 is marketing and distributing it internationally.
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Honeymooning actors caught in a bus!
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The promos of the forthcoming HONEYMOON TRAVELS... quite clearly show the six couples heading towards Goa in a tiny bus. But there's a story behind the real-life woes posed by the bus!
As several scenes were shot inside the bus, the camera would invariably block the entrance, as a result of which the only way in or out of the bus was through the windows. For onlookers and passers-by in Goa, it made for a hilarious sight to see their Bollywood actors climb in and out of bus windows.
Remarks director Reema Kagti, "I remember one day specifically when two bikers passing by were shocked to see Ameesha Patel climb out of the window in a bus. It was a hilarious sight!"
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Movie Review -------------------
By Martin D’Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
It has poignant moments, funny moments. It also has dramatic moments and love-dovey scenes. And yes, it’s also packed with hilarious moments which have you in splits. Welcome aboard HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT LTD, a bus ride that will leave you walking out of the theatre with a smile on your face. Three weeks in a row, the audiences have been pampered with good cinema. BLACK FRIDAY, followed by EKLAVYA – THE ROYAL GUARD, and now Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s film directed by Reema Kagti. It’s raining hits at the box-office!
The movie is about six married couples on a package honeymoon to Goa. Each couple is given their fare share of time for the audience to understand their love story and the best part is that the film clocks exactly 120 minutes. Kudos to the director for leaving no loopholes as far as groping for identification of characters is concerned. Just a month ago SALAAM-E-ISHQ was released, again portraying six couples and inspite of the film clocking a good three-and-a-half hours most characters were sketchy at best. Sohail Khan and Ishaa Koppikar will vouch for that.
The film opens with Dia Mirza (Shilpa) crying as she boards the bus. Ranvir Sheorey (Hitesh) her husband assures her parents that she will return with a smile on her face. Mid-way there’s a twist in their love story…
Kay Kay Menon (Partho Sen) stays in character as the protective husband of Raima Sen (Milly Sen). Both the actors essay the story of their life with a Bengali flavour. There is one flaw though here; the makers could have done well to give English translations of their Bengali dialogues. Partho adapts well to his wife’s need for letting her hair down. At last, after a long time, Raima has some meat in her role and she digs in her teeth with glee. Kay Kay is adorable when he lets his hair down on the dance floor. The switch from conservative to ‘to-hell-with-you’ is amazing. That’s what good actors are all about.
Amisha Patel (Pinky) and Karan Khanna (Vicky) have a good match going but there is something bothering her husband. Amisha, as the wife who loves to talk too much does manage to get on your nerves. Which goes to show that she is playing her part.
Sandhya Mridul (Madhu) takes off from where she left off in Madhur Bhandarkar’s PAGE 3. This bindaas babe who has her heart broken ends up surfing the net for the wrong catch in Vikram Chatwal (Bunty). However, they both agree to stay in the marriage as it’s convenient for them.
Abhay Deol (Aspi) is surprisingly likeable in his Parsi act while his wife Minissha Lamba (Zara) compliments him in every aspect. Their salsa performance to the song Pyaar Ki Yeh Kahani is outstanding. Even as the other couples applaud their dance, you as audience begin your clap of approval. The best part is that they as a couple don’t fight which is the envy of others. Why…. Go find out.
Finally you have Boman Irani (Oscar Fernandez) and Shabhana Azmi (Nahid). Theirs is a complete love story. Boman is hilarious in his portrayal of a katlic (read Catholic). His lingo is rib-tickling. As a distraught father who chances upon his daughter having a field day in Goa with her bunch of friends, Boman is very vulnerable. But the funniest is when he tells his guide in exasperation who keeps pulling his legs saying “there, there, there” pointing to non-existent Dolphins, “Arre Dolphin nahi to ek pomfret to dikhao!”
Want to leave your worries behind, get on board HONYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD.
Film: 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd'; Director: Reema Kagti; Cast: Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen, Abhay Deol, Minissha Lamba, Sandhya Mridul, Vikram Chatwal, Amisha Patel, Karan Khanna, Ranveer Shorey, Dia Mirza and Arjun Rampal; Rating: ***
'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd' is all about mindless fun - a feel-good film. Made on a medium budget, Reema Kagti's directorial debut succeeds in entertaining the audience and the narration is full of surprising twists and turns.
There are different perceptions on what a honeymoon should be and 'Honeymoon Travels ...' portrays it through six couples. The film is basically for the multiplex audiences who can sit back, relax and take a break from their fast paced lives. In short, they can unwind completely.
A word of advice for the so-called 'intellectuals' who look for a logical explanation to everything - the film is not really to your liking. But if you can keep aside your 'rational' brains, then you are sure to have a pleasurable journey with the characters in Kagti's film.
After Farah Khan, Kagti is another woman director who will hit the bull's eye with her first film.
The execution is up to the mark. The characters, plot and the surroundings are in sync with one another, which makes it an arresting fare. The best part of the movie is you can relate to the characters because most of them are inspired by real day-to-day people. Most of the film is set in Goa - one of the hottest honeymoon destinations for newly weds.
Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani fit the role of an elderly, experienced couple, trying to find solace in each other's company after leading a traumatic life.
Kay Kay Menon, as a conventional, dominating Bengali guy married to his long-standing girlfriend Raima Sen, is at his humorous best. Even a true Bengali can't deny that Kay Kay has done justice to his role.
Sandhya Mridul plays a girl jilted in love and desperately seeking an alternative on the Internet. While her performance is impressive, Vikram Chatwal, who plays her husband in the film, is just passable.
Amisha Patel is a loud, typical Punjabi girl, who daydreams all the time. Her constant blabbering is bothersome to the point of distraction. The other couples take it as a passing discomfort except her husband, played by Karan Khanna.
Abhay Deol and Minissha Lamba portray an unusual Parsi couple. They share similar interests and never fight, which really intrigues the other honeymooners. And thank god, they are not a caricature of Parsis. But they have a secret - watch the film to know what it is.
The most interesting couple is Ranveer Shourey, a Gujarati, married to a demure Dia Mirza. He gets the shock of his life when she elopes with her boyfriend from Goa.
Through these couples, Kagti unfolds the complexities of relationships in a humorous way and keeps you entertained without preaching or being boring.
Most of the songs gel with the story and 'Pyaar Ki Yeh Kahani', filmed on Abhay and Minissha, needs special mention for its brilliant choreography. The two have definitely perfected their dance moves.
Though it is not a perfect film, the flaws can be overlooked. If you are just scouting for fun, watch 'Honeymoon Travels...'
So all right. This isn't your perfect guide to a successful marriage. But the honeymooning couples here make you wonder if weddings are planned in places far below heaven.
Reema Kagti's debut film 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd' has enough chutzpah to keep you purring at the blend of parody and pathos. Once you get into the narrative groove of these imperfectly matched couples riding into a hectic, hilarious honeymoon in Goa, you're in for a minor treat.
Even if you haven't been on a honeymoon, get a load of these feisty honeymooners, feasting on the first flush of love, romance, sex and bickering on a trip that makes us smile for a mile and chuckle for a brief way too.
What really holds the film together are the players. Everyone from the commanding Shabana to the sassy Raima are out to have fun. And there're some picturesque whispers about how a marriage can go wrong at its startling start.
Watch newly married husbands Vikram Chatkwal and Karan Kapoor getting attracted to each other while their respective wives scratch their heads wondering why the bed seems so dead.
Sassy, savvy and sometimes slippery - deftly written scenes and lines carry the narrative forward with nimble savoir faire. Debutant director Reema Kagti knows her cinema with a prideful originality.
Whether sensitive (watch the sequence where Boman and Shabana check out his lost ancestral property in Goa) or plain wacky (watch Kay Kay lose his marbles to lead the entire cast in a trance dance on a boat), you can't trace 'Honeymoon Travels...' back to any source.
The performances are all almost uniformly effervescent. Every actor works within his or her limits to create a portable universe of credible emotions. Kay Kay and Raima, as the timid husband and bindaas wife are particularly endearing.
And you simply have to see Abhay and Minissha do the Lambada to know they are made for each other -- at least in this film. But you wish Kagti hadn't turned this made-for-each-the pair into Superman and Supergirl.
Shabana and Boman create their own magic. Though considering their histrionic stature, you wish there was more space for them.
The nimble editing allows no space to miss anything beyond the pace. Not breathless but brisk, 'Honeymoon Travels...' moves on confident feet. It doesn't purport to make serious statements on the quality of life and marriage.
Instead it tells you to loosen up about issues that would generally address large amount of tissues.
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