Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (HTPL) is one of those multi-character plots with an interesting premise–a bunch of couples on their honeymoon–but the end result is disappointing.
There are six couples that we follow through the movie and you can find out more about the couples and the actors who play them here.
The shining stars of the movie for me are Raima Sen, Kay Kay Menon, and Boman Irani. Raima Sen, in particular, plays the role of a Bengali wife to perfection. At the other extreme, Amisha Patel in the role of a talkative wife is grating.
The product placements (Radio Mirchi is prominent throughout the movie) is also something that I didn’t enjoy. Using a radio station and letters as a semi-narrator was weird at best. To be fair, there are places where the movie is funny, but in tackling too many stories (and issues), it stumbles.
Some stories that are interesting (Azmi & Irani, and Sen and Menon) but trying to give everyone equal face-time tends to spoil the broth. And, the token “message” at the end of the movie, delivered by Azmi’s characterwas a classic “tell don’t show” and totally unnecessary.
When you watch a movie, you need to root for certain characters or care about certain characters and you can’t do that when you don’t have an identifiable protagonist.
I’m sure that there’ll be people who enjoyed this movie as a “time pass” but I’m not one of them.