Film: Ek Paheli Leela
Cast: Sunny Leone, Jay Bhanushali, Rajneesh Duggal, Mohit Ahlawat, Rahul Dev, Jas Arora
Director: Bobby Khan
After the success of Ragini MMS 2 and a string of item numbers that focused on nothing but her curvaceous body, it's no wonder that Sunny Leone's the newest go-to-girl for producers who couldn't care any less for the A certificate to their films. Her latest, director Bobby Khan's Ek Paheli Leela, is another in that list: It's an unapologetic attempt at riding (even cashing in) on Sunny's oomph quotient.
There are spoilers ahead, so scroll down at your own risk.The film opens with two princes -- Bikram Singh (Jas Arora) and Ranveer Singh (Mohit Ahlawat) -- fighting for a haunted piece of land because somewhere hidden in it is a 300-year-old sculpture of a lady by celebrated sculptor Bhairon (Rahul Dev). To add to the drama, the two princes are completely different from each other: Bikram is a criminal, and can kill without any qualms, whereas Ranveer believes in virtues like love and kindness.
Meera is a top model.
The second part of the story shifts to London where a famous model Meera (Sunny Leone) -- she's come from Milan and never travels by air -- walks the ramp for an Indian designer. The show is successful, but not so much for the beautiful Meera: Her drink is spiked, and when she falls unconscious (of course, not before she's done the mandatory song-and-dance sequence), she's packed off on a flight to India. She lands, we are told in Jodhpur, and goes straight into Ranveer's life, who's completely besotted by her.
Meera arrives in India for a fashion show.
Didn't we say Ek Paheli Leela's story is multi-layered? It is quite literally. In fact, it has so many layers that even director Bobby Khan, it seems, lost track of the multiple things he was handling. But what he never loses track of is his leading lady: Sunny's there in practically every frame of the film, mouthing cheesy lines, and always flaunting her seductive dance moves. Right from the first song, Desi Look, where the camera constantly zooms to her curves, to the clueless climax, she makes her presence felt by copying Urmila (Rangeela) to Aishwarya (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam).
Fate brings Karan to Meera.
She is, without doubt, the biggest bait for Bobby Khan: Keep her on screen if you don’t want the audience to leave the hall.
Take these for cheesy one-liners: “Ek aankh mujh pe, duji kurti ke hook pe,” or “Glamour industry me success ka short cut hai…short skirt.” And, just so that her Indian fans are not disappointed, we're also told that she is from Mohali, and is very liberal with ‘Babaji di sau’.There is no point talking about the logic behind Ek Paheli Leela, because there is none. This film is just another addition to a string of below average films such as Shaapit and Dangerous Ishq. Take this for logic, for instance. We have a weird priest here who decides the fate of a Mumbai-based musician by breaking the laws of Naadishashtra (an ancient technique which provides sages the power to view somebody’s past). You feel strange when a junior priest says: "Yahan bhoot-pret kuch nahi hai," and then in the very next shot he says, "Yahan jo bhi ho raha, hai achcha nahi hai." He goes on, "Iske bare me mere guru ji batayenge."
Dude, people keep their mouth shut if they don’t know about their core area.
Will the mystery of Leela be ever solved?
If you haven't walked out of the hall by now, here's more. Listen to this conversation between a bunch of foreign models and Ahsaan Qureshi:
Model: How many languages do you know?
Qureshi: Hindi, English, Bengali, Purtgaali, Maa ki gaali, behan ki gaali. Aapko pasand aaya jalpaan, ab lijiye mera (gestures towards his crotch)…paan.
Want to walk out now?
If you made the mistake of wasting your time for this 'paheli' of a film, you could probably survive yet another reincarnation story. But why would you want to put Che Guevara in the background?
And, as if all this was not enough, there's one more thing that caught our attention: The naivety of the characters. Take this conversation between Ranveer and Meera.
Setting: Interior of a palace.
Ranveer: Pyaar toh main pehle bhi karta tha, ab mohabbat bhi karne laga hoon.
Meera: Jee, main kuch samjhi nahi.
Needless to say that they married soon hereafter.
Ek Paheli Leela Jukebox
(Rohit Vats tweets from Twitter/@nawabjha)