Release Date - 05/25/2012
Language - Hindi
Genre - ComedyRomance
SET IN GOA, “LOVE, WRINKLE-FREE” IS A STORY ABOUT SAVIO, A 38 YEAR OLD SENIOR AREA SALES MANAGER WHO WORKS IN AN INNERWEAR COMPANY. SAVIO’S MUNDANE LIFE IS THROWN OUT OF GEAR WITH THE UNPLANNED PREGNANCY OF HIS 46 YEAR OLD RELIGIOUS WIFE ANNIE. COMPLICATING MATTERS FURTHER IS HOW THEIR ADOPTED TEENAGE DAUGHTER RUTH (WITH ASIAN/NORTH EAST INDIAN FEATURES), REACTS TO THIS PREGNANCY, AND A CHANCE MEETING SAVIO HAS WITH A SENSUAL TRAVELING PHOTOGRAPHER... Read more
SET IN GOA, “LOVE, WRINKLE-FREE” IS A STORY ABOUT SAVIO, A 38 YEAR OLD SENIOR AREA SALES MANAGER WHO WORKS IN AN INNERWEAR COMPANY. SAVIO’S MUNDANE LIFE IS THROWN OUT OF GEAR WITH THE UNPLANNED PREGNANCY OF HIS 46 YEAR OLD RELIGIOUS WIFE ANNIE. COMPLICATING MATTERS FURTHER IS HOW THEIR ADOPTED TEENAGE DAUGHTER RUTH (WITH ASIAN/NORTH EAST INDIAN FEATURES), REACTS TO THIS PREGNANCY, AND A CHANCE MEETING SAVIO HAS WITH A SENSUAL TRAVELING PHOTOGRAPHER NATALIE, WHO WANTS HIM TO DO SOMETHING “UNIQUE” FOR HER.
AT ITS HEART, “LOVE, WRINKLE-FREE” IS AN OFF-BEAT, LIGHT-HEARTED STORY ABOUT LOVE GOING BEYOND COSMETIC BARRIERS – A UNIVERSAL THEME THAT FINDS RESONANCE ACROSS THE WORLD.
Movie Review :
Love, Wrinkle-Free is one of those films that mix charm and tedium in equal doses. Debutant director and writer Sandeep Mohan creates a clutch of quirky, permanently perplexed characters who are all struggling. What works even better are the lovely shots of Goa beaches and swaying palm trees. This film will make you want to visit the place soon.
Savio Monteiro (Ash Chandler) is a manager of an underwear company and his wife Annie (Shernaz Patel) has a restaurant to take care of. Their adopted daughter Ruth (Arika Silaichia) is dealing with her identity crisis, while her parents are coming to terms with the wrinkles in their lives, not just literally, figuratively as well. The young filmmaker sets the tone for his film with the opening sequence itself and doesn’t waste time in taking the story further.
Savio is trying to save his career and give it fillip with his unique idea of making and selling edible underwear that too in Goan flavours. Annie is trying hard to retain her place in the local church choir, but isn’t finding any success. Ruth is an overgrown child with a wry sense of humour and is trying to figure out how she can feel at home in her own home. To make matters worse she has a Tibetan boyfriend Tashi, who doubles up as a help at her mother’s restaurant.
The Monteiro household is dealing with life with their quirky sense of humour when all of a sudden they come to know that Mrs Monteiro is expecting a baby. When the doctor first breaks this news, Savio looks shocked and asks how? Annie is overjoyed about finally having her own baby, but Ruth is dealing with her own demons and doesn’t care much about the new arrival.
Rajiv Bhatia (Theron C.) and Natalie (Seema Rehmani) who initially seem to be a couple enter the lives of Monteiros and add to their miseries. By the interval point you are so invested in the lives of all the characters, you might not want to leave the auditorium. Savio is a messed up man and he doesn’t want to give any stress to his expecting wife. He loses his job, he is robbed of his money and the only person who can help him is – Bruno Corrieo (Sohrab Ardeshir) a closet gangster who runs a night club. Bruno’s son Jacob (Ashwin Mushran) is a drug addict who has just come back from rehab and is commissioned to help Savio.
Love, Wrinkle-free is about what happens when all these characters come together and how they come to terms with the problems life has thrown at them.
Chandler’s brow is perpetually cross, but the few times he smiles, he lights up the screen. Savio’s Marlon ‘Godfather’ Brando impersonation and typical ‘t’ speech issues grow on you, just like Patel’s confidence. They make a quirky onscreen husband and wife. Arika as the daughter deliberately underplays her part. Rahmani is beginning to become a favourite, (after last year’s Good Night Good Morning), with her screen presence being infectious. Ashwin Mushran, Sohrab Ardeshir and others add variety to the humour.
Vivek Philip’s background music and songs done by an ensemble of musicians (the Momo Kha song is hilarious) are in keeping with the light mood of the story.
Every family is dysfunctional. The Monteiros are just a bit more. Be sure to have fun at their expense. It’s clean indie fun at its best.