Oh! Lovely (2023) Review: Kharaj Mukherjee shines in this romantic comedy film

Director: Haranath Chakraborty 

Oh! Lovely (2023) Cast:

Srish Chatterjee (Rik), Rajnandini Paul, Madan Mitra, Kharaj Mukherjee, Laboni Sarkar

Oh! Lovely (2023) Review: 

Haranath Chakraborty's romantic comedy film Oh! Lovely was released in theaters on 25th August 2023. The story revolves around Santu (Rik) and Nidhi (Rajnandini Paul), who first crossed paths during a job interview. Over the course of a few days, they formed a strong connection and gradually fell in love.

Santu urgently needs the job, as he has no interest in joining his father's agriculture business, while Nidhi is equally determined to secure the job to avoid an arranged marriage and being sent to Dubai by her father. Both of them make it to the final round of the job selection process but intentionally skip the interview, hoping the other will be selected.

Ultimately, Nidhi does secure another job, but there's a catch – the position requires the candidate to be married. In light of this, Santu and Nidhi decide to opt for a registry marriage. The film's central questions revolve around whether Santu and Nidhi will indeed get married and whether Nidhi will retain the job.

However, "Oh! Lovely" falls short of creating a lasting impression, especially when compared to Haranath Chakraborty's previous successful movies. The film's weak writing and underwhelming performances are among its key drawbacks. Aside from a surprising twist in the second half, the storyline feels rather flat.

The chemistry between Santu and Nidhi is underdeveloped, and the initial events designed to ignite their romance feel repetitive and outdated. Debutant Srish Chatterjee, who portrays Rik, struggles with confidence in delivering dialogues and fails to leave an impression, even in romantic scenes.

On the other hand, Rajnandini Paul's portrayal of Nidhi is passable. The standout performance in the film comes from Kharaj Mukherjee, who plays Santu's father, Ramani Babu. His impeccable comic timing shines through, and the comic scenes featuring him are the film's highlight.

Debutant Madan Mitra's dialogue delivery is pretty slow, and his expressions leave much to be desired. It's evident that audiences who once cherished Haranath Chakraborty's films in the 1990s and 2000s have been consistently disappointed by recent releases like "Bhootchakra Pvt. Ltd," "Daal Baati Churma," and "Oh! Lovely." We can only hope that the genius director Haranath Chakraborty returns with more engaging projects that can once again entertain and captivate audiences.


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