Perfect Mismatch ought to be called one of the most misguiding film titles in a long time. The entire plotline seems like a big scam. That is because the entire conflict angle, that of the parents/guardians of a boy and a girl not being overtly fond of each other, is conveniently forgotten after a point in time in the film.
So we have Anubhav and Nandana crossing paths with each other on number of instances (Serendipity anyone?) and then conveniently (and expectedly) falling in love. So far so very okay. They make their parents meet and voila -- the film`s title is finally justified.
Anubhav`s uncle (Anupam Kher) is a quintessential Punjabi who is straight out of the Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge sets while Nandana`s Gujarati dad (Boman Irani) isn`t quite an Amrish Puri here. Perfect mismatch, right?
With all characters out in the open, there is this really hilarious dinner sequence that (thankfully) sets the stage for the film to `actually` begin! Right from Anupam`s back slapping body language to Boman`s fixation for shoes being removed at the entrance door to their conflicting views on booze and `being pals` -- everything is brought out quite well on the screen by the director. After all, Anupam and Boman are just the `perfect mismatch` that the love birds could have bargained for.
However, the film goes into an altogether different territory soon after and what you get to see has nothing to do with the parental conflict at all. So we have Anubhav working really hard on his big project after being fired, Nandana just going through `I am sorry and I would be there for you in spite of all your troubles` and Anupam working hard to pay off some loans that trouble him so much that he even works on Sundays.
That is not all. There is some twist to the tale as well, something that is completely unrelated to the basic plotline of Perfect Mismatch. A chapter from the past unfolds and Anubhav bonds further with Anupam. During this entire misunderstanding, the big presentation and the bonding game, Nandana is completely forgotten and so is Boman.
So what happens to the basic plotline on which the film was sold? Well, that was never even remembered to begin with, let alone being ignored.
Also, the entire US setting of the film seems to be just a ploy to make Perfect Mismatch an English language film.
Thankfully, the American base to the film doesn`t get compromised by poor dialogue delivery. Anubhav and Nandana do get it right from the accent and vocabulary perspective while Anupam is yet again completely natural. The set design for his house too has an authentic touch to it that helps the film since it has been mainly shot indoors.
Overall, the film fails, though mainly because first and foremost
the storyline defeats the title and secondly, the narrative is laid back and
never actually comes to the point to get audiences involved enough. Miss the
film and you wouldn`t have missed anything.
Aman (Anubhav Anand), a talented young architect, raised by his Uncle has all the love and care a family could offer, even if he does take it for granted. While working towards his very own dream, his life takes a beautiful turn when he bumps into the perfect girl Neha (Nandana Sen). The two fall in love, and nothing seems able to come between them.
Nothing, that is, until it comes time for their families to meet. Sparks fly. Every known disaster strikes when the hyper-vibrant Mr. Bhalla (Anupam Kher) and the rigidly- conventional Mr. Patel (Boman Irani) meet and their differences become hilariously apparent. The two are woefully mismatched from the start. Disapproval inevitably comes when the two fathers lock horns, but the lovebirds, true to their feelings, are ready to do anything to make their dreams come true. They must find a way to bring their families together which leads to a comical series of misadventures of the two disapproving, faultfinding fathers.
Between the struggles of making his career dreams a reality and bringing two families together, Aman realizes the true definition of family and what it really means to love someone.
The movie is a passionate view of hilariously star-crossed romance while never forgetting the importance of family, culture, and staying true to one`s emotions. Join Mr. Bhalla, Mr. Patel, Aman & Neha, along with their families as they celebrate life, love and everything in between