Priyanka Chopra's Love Again is a project that has recently received a lot of love and attention for all the right reasons. Subhash K Jha does an in-depth review of the project. Read here for more details

Priyanka Chopra’s Love Again Review: Is Not As Awful As You Think 811122

By Subhash K Jha

Rating: * *

Priyanka Chopra’s most recent release Love Again is the kind of gooey-eyed mush that one used to read in the Mills & Boon novels. That she actually thought the idea of a grieving woman reaching out to a stranger to vent her grief, could work as a rom-com in 2023 says a lot about Ms Chopra’s script sense.

Love Again starts with Mira Ray(yes, that’s Ms Chopra’s name, it’s like calling your NRI son Satyajit Nair) grieving for three years for her dead boyfriend. Her Indian parents are supportive. But they want her out of the house. Mira(pronounced ‘Mirror’) moves to her chatty annoying kid sister’s place and secretly continues to text on her dead boyfriend’s phone for soul-comfort. But the phone now belongs to Rob(Sam Heughan) a music critic who is assigned to interview Celine Dion.

Now hold a second. Celine Dion??!! What is she doing in this film? Layer after layer of skindeep plotting peels off like dead skin to reveal a film that’s been written to shoulder Celine Dion’s songs, like Abba: The Movie and Mama Mia , only much less clever and adorable.

Love Again trie to be cute and occasionally succeeds, but only when Chopra and her co-star Sam Heughan(not bad) don’t seem to talk like WhatsApp forwards. Their movie-date conversations are cadaverous in their stiffness and the couple seems to share almost no chemistry at all….Did the two actors meet straightaway on the sets? Did they even exchange hellos every day during shooting?

Seems not. And yet there is something not entirely disagreeable about about Love Again.Perhaps it is the absence of cynicism while groping around the confusions of true love. Celine Dion’s songs help. Her celestial voice irons out all the corny creases in the storytelling.

Ironically Dion’s songs are also the film’s biggest puzzle.What are they doing there? What are we doing here looking at two actors trying hard to look like people falling in love, and failing miserably.

While Priyanka Chopra Jonas has become very trite and jaded in her performing proclivities , her real-life soulmate Nick Jonas makes a hilarious guest appearance as a self-obsessed date.For a while, the narrative actually feels light to the touch. Once Mr Jonas leaves Mrs Jonas goes back to faking it.

About The Author
Subhash K Jha

Subhash K. Jha is a veteran Indian film critic, journalist based in Patna, Bihar. He is currently film critic with leading daily The Times of India, Firstpost, Deccan chronicle and DNA News, besides TV channels Zee News and News18 India.

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