Luv Ranjan’s ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’, with Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is overlong and under-plotted

Posted on March 8, 2023


Spoilers ahead…

The leads share zero chemistry, and Ranbir looks strangely lost in this zone. But – for the record books – Luv Ranjan attempts something stylistically interesting.

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Remember the Will Smith character in Hitch, the one who helped helpless men woo women? Ranbir Kapoor’s character in Luv Ranjan’s Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar – he’s named Mickey – is the polar opposite. He is a break-up specialist. Give him some money and he – with his small team – will help you get out of a relationship. In the title number, he sings: Ek baar hi kiya yaaron to pyaar kya kiya /Pyaar hota hota hota kai baar hai. (Why fall in love just once when you can fall in love with many people many times.) That would make him the makkaar, the cad, of the title – but here’s the thing. Mickey is really a sweetie pie. He loves his large family, and even in his “business”, he only breaks couples up after one of them has taken a solemn oath that he/she is no longer in love with the other person. So he’s really saving this other person from a bad relationship.

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