Filmy Friendships: Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge

“When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest things we can know.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m a sucker. Yes. A complete sucker– for bestie stories. I don’t care who the friends are (same sex or opposite) or what happens between them, as long as the friendship stays in tact and it’s a sincere reflection of the greatness that friendship can truly be.

Luv Ka The End (2011) and Mujhse Fraaanship Karoge (2011), are the first two films produced by the FUBU of Yash Raj Films, Y-Films. Each production endeavoring to reflect the world of the college circuit, scoping the social topics and dilemmas of that generational sect.
Basically, the films are about being young and loving it, which is always a nice fluffy go-to genre on a random Friday night.

Official Synopsis: Two incompatible collegians, impersonating their friends with fake social network ids, find love as they work together for their institute’s annual celebrations.

Starring: Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D’Souza

Trailer: Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge

Music: Singer songwriter, Raghu Dixit, pinned the majority of songs and I find his introduction into the film sect a nice one. By far, the best track is the opener, “Chhoo Le,” giving off this retro classic feel from vocals to lyrics. The video is a bit filmy but the aura with a little more heart and grit, reflects an undeniable Bruce Springsteen influence. Though, I have to admit, the song and video performance is probably set to personify it’s portrayer, Rahul, the campus hottie indie rock artist and in that respect is spot on.
This track would be followed by the up tempo and vocally strong “Baatein Shru,” and then ending credits track “Har Saans Mein,” that works best as an instrumental but has that traditional flare that every Bolly Ost should never be without.
Usually, the biggest negative about the extremely modern Bolly, is the music. The Hindi modern music industry itself is fine but when it’s interwoven with that filmy flavor, it flounders more oft than not. In my first viewing of MFK, I was nonplussed at best by the majority of the songs, whether lyrically or musically, though the vocals were strong and memorable. However, after seeing the film several times since (or my favorite parts rather), I’ve found that though there’s only one song that survives likability from beginning to end, all are fairly tolerable.
Overall, at worst, this soundtrack reminiscent of choral music in high school but more like those songs you learned in seconds while watching Disney‘s High School Musical for the first time and loathed to admit you enjoyed.
Listen and watch on Y-Films channel here

Ramblings: I actually happened upon MFK not long after it released (Oct 2011) and truly liked it. It has this youthful vibe but also speaks about the things that truly matter in life–relationships and more pointedly, friendship.
Vishal and Preity start out as two people with preconceived notions and ideas of one another ( à la Pride and Prejudice) that develops into a friendship they could proudly announce was something more. It’s a film about mistaken identity but also about how easy it is to be yourself when no one is looking and how clueless you are when you have an audience. They hide behind their friends’ beauty and personas on Facebook, enhancing a facet of themselves but who they were in person, was without pretense, basically because they had zero interest in one another. With that cushion, they were able to break down barriers and genuinely explore friendship, unencumbered by sexual tension. Of course, there was chemistry between them, but that spark is nursed by a growing respect, not an unruly libido. This film brings up the dilemma that today, with the help of social networking sites, the basics of courtship have turned inside out, where the face you put forward in person isn’t as important as the one you maintain online, making real-life romances and connections harder, not easier. Highlighting some of the positives and the negatives of lowered defenses concerning online dating, for if you meet someone you like online, would you remain open to those you come in contact with in person?
At the end of the film Vishal makes a speech, that puts this all into perspective:

There was no internet back then. No SMS. Short messaging service. In short, how would you say those thousands of things that were dying to be articulated? A random smiley doesn’t have the same effect a real smile has when shared between two eager faces across the length of a classroom. Earlier, one hid from teachers, parents and even other students, while in the throes of romance. Today, we end up pursuing love while hiding from each other. Instead of hiding behind library shelves and trees, today we can face each other, yet choose to hide behind computer screens. Love happens with the speed of our internet connection and logs out just as quickly.

For most, romance becomes that thing you’re running toward and at times, causes one to forget, it’s your friends that are there to encourage you or dry your tears, delete his/her phone number or tell you, you can get over it and move on. Friends support us even when we are foolish, tell us when we are wrong and trust us to do the same for them. What makes this film a great story about friendship, is the types of friendships it reflects, all being rather functional and concrete. From childhood besties, siblings, parents, college mates or lovers, this movie depicts them all simply, kindly and sweetly. Though the romance was the core, or rather, endgame, it’s undeniable that what made this couple click was the fact they knew what genuine friendship looked like. They had a grasp on what being supported and loved for who you are entails, that was due to the wonderful and whacky people that surrounded them. And once they found that same vibe with one another, there was no denying that bond.
MFK was a complete treat, for it lived up to its name and brought a nostalgic taste of long-lasting friendship to my lips. The characters made me smile, for while the boys were hilarious, playful and oblivious, the girls were equally endearing, with their bright personalities and sincere concern and care for one another. [And for me, this was the greatest gift of all.]
This film is bursting with talented newbies and though extremely green, made a solid and substantial impression for their first outings. MFK isn’t over-the-top or intentionally poignant, nor awe-inspiring or jaw-dropping, but it is a cute film, firm in the foundation of what make movies convivial.

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