By Sneha Jaiswal (Twitter | Instagram)

Imagine sitting in a nice restaurant by the beach, when a beautiful person walks into your view, their hair elegantly flying with the seaside breeze, their eyes catching you gazing at them, their lips breaking into a little smile. Just the right setting for ‘love at first sight’. Then an angry storm rages around and you find yourself taking shelter under the same table. First contact established. It marks the beginning of a new romantic chapter.

On paper, the beginning of the 2022 film ‘Hey Sinamika’ is dreamy, but onscreen, a fake as hell CGI storm ruins the mood in the first few minutes. Directed by Brinda Master, it stars Aditi Rao Hydari as Mouna, who wants to divorce her boyfriend-turned-husband Yaazhan (Dulquer Salmaan) because he talks too much. Yes. That’s his hamartia, his only fatal flaw – he can go on and on, to the point of driving his listener nuts. So when Mouna blackmails psychologist Malarvizhi into seducing Yaazhan, to use it as an excuse to leave him, she isn’t prepared for the repercussions. Apparently that’s what psychologists do in their free-time, chase men to cause a rift with their wives.

The first half of the film kind of works as an exaggerated comedy, but things get dramatic and serious in the latter part, making it a jarring experience. What could’ve been an engaging romantic comedy turns into a confusing pot of chaos. Aditi Rao Hydari and Dulquer Salmaan make a hilariously adorable onscreen couple, but the creative team fails them. The script is so tardy, it’s like the writers couldn’t decide the theme for this plot.

Oh and the songs are hilariously misplaced, they pop out of nowhere, ruining the already sluggish pace and aren’t even foot-tapping. For example, there’s the song called “Siragai”, which looks out of a period-film, it’s beautifully shot with pretty mood-lighting, and Aditi Rao Hydari is stunning in her costume… but she looks like a dancer at a King’s court and not a last minute guest attending a wedding. Half the film makes no sense.

It’s a 4/10 from me. You can stream the film on Netflix though.

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