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Priyanka Chopra Is In It But Even That Doesn’t Make Isn’t It Romantic Watchable

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This was a very productive weekend. In that, I managed to get out of bed and feed myself. I am going to leave the timings out of this because if I include those, you might question my definition of the word ‘productive’. So between the various hours that I spent accomplishing things – having a bath, walking, exhaling effectively – I also squeezed in some Netflix, and by squeezed in, I mean, that I watched about 7 hours of it. As a woman in her 30s consuming a lot of romantic comedies while knocking back tubs of ice cream, Netflix obviously recommended Isn’t It Romantic to me. And so, I watched it.

If you are in a rush and want to know how it fared, it was uninteresting, uninspiring and nothing you’ve not seen before. This one features a woman raised on a steady diet of self doubt and a disdain for romantic comedies. Besides this, she’s unappreciated at her job, her love life is going nowhere and she’s a pushover. Yes, it’s all very original till now.

Now without giving you any spoilers, because honestly, there aren’t any to give, this is a film that I took three days to plough through. For someone who inhales romantic comedies with happy endings, that’s too long. Okay, it starts off interesting enough. Because the premise is like that of any other romantic comedy. But then it slides into the territory of becoming the thing that its making fun of and both the audience and the writers are in a limbo and no one really knows what’s going on.

The writers try to make you feel for the characters but you are so un-engaged by the ongoings that at this point a plate of fries has us more invested. The highlight for me was watching Piggy Chops do her thing on screen. We have missed having her around in Bollywood. Besides that, not entirely sure why this film was even made. It’s not sarcastic, offers very few laughs and makes us stalk our exes on Instagram so it can’t be a good thing.

Give this one a miss. Nope, it’s not romantic.

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Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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