Back in 2003, Director Parvati Balgopalan had debuted “Rules – Pyar Ka Superhit Formula”. It had Tanuja playing a grandmother who doles out love fundas to her granddaughter. It was quite an entertaining movie with a great sound track.
She is back with “Straight – Pinu Patel ki Tedi Medi Love Story”. Its quite a big name!
Straight is about Pinu Patel who owns an Indian restaurant in London. Bought up by his uncle and aunt, he is set to marry an Indian girl who ditches him at the last moment and leaves him at the altar. Totally depressed he returns back to London.
Circumstances lead him to hire two people for his restaurant, a cartoonist Renu and a wannabe standup comedian Kamlesh. He is smitten by Renu and likes the company of Kamlesh. With the help from both of them, Pinu Patel’s restaurant flourishes.
In a moment of happiness and excitement, Kamlesh accidentally kisses Pinu. Pinu finds its shocking and suspects his own sexuality. Combined with the inability of having sex with a woman, he is sure that he is gay. The idea of being gay drives him to desperation and he starts screwing his life himself. The rest of the story is how he comes in term with what he wants and his sexuality.
“Straight” explores same-sex relationship through the Indian glass where being gay is taboo. Its an ok movie handling gay relationship and looks at a man confused about his sexuality.
The story and the script could not avoid the usual cliches of Indian girls living in London being non-traditional or something like that. “Straight” has its moments but overall there is nothing special about the movie. We laugh at Pinu Patel’s insecurities and some under the belt jokes.
Parvati Balgopalan has created another light hearted comedy where you just enjoy without getting involved in the story or the characters. Its fun, its entertaining and that’s it. Its type of the numerous Hollywood feel-good movies which leave with you a lovey-dovey feeling and which is a good thing btw. So if you want timepass entertainment, “Straight” is the movie for you.
Anuj Chaudhari plays Kamlesh, the stand-up comedian. Although he has a good personality, he is certainly not a comedian. The film thankfully does not concentrates on his stand-up talent.
Gul Panag plays Renu, the cartoonist. She is good. She is one actor who is not utilized yet. I saw her “Dor” and she was very good in that. Although her character still lacks the depth it requires.
Vinay Pathak has perfected his Pinu Patel. He had similar roles in Dasvidaniya and maybe even Bheja Fry. He can just coolly walk in such roles now.
There are other supporting cast like real life couple Rasik and Ketaki Dave playing Pinu’s uncle and aunt. Achala sachdev as a seductress. They do their part and go.
“Straight” is not a classic so when you want to just lazy around and watch some fun and nothing good to see, watch “Straight”