Three young flatmates—Siddharth, Tarun and Anshul—find love within days of each other. But each guy eventually becomes either an ATM or a slave to his girlfriend. Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 is firmly about the male perspective on relationships, encapsulated in a 10-minute monologue by Anshul (Kartik Aaryan), ranting about how women can be clingy, irrational, impatient, shallow, etc. You really have to ask yourself about the maturity of the scriptwriters who have clearly given vent to their misogyny through this immature sequel to the 2011 film.

Siddharth (Sunny Singh) becomes the fetch-and-carry man for Supriya’s family. She strings him along, saying she will tell her father of their relationship when the time is right. But even when prospective suitors come calling, Supriya (Sonnalli Seygall) is unable to stand up to her stern father. Anshul becomes driver and arm candy to giggly rich girl Ruchika (Nushrat Bharucha) and her gaggle of giggly friends, ferrying them to nail spas and bars. Tarun (Omkar Kapoor), who proves to Kusum (Ishita Sharma) that engineers are not boring by performing a striptease, eventually realizes that the independent woman is more interested in his bank balance.

Luv Ranjan returns as director (and co-writer), with some of the original cast and a whole new set of relationship problems. The sets, colours, costumes and background music are distracting and excessive, much like the screeching and stereotypical female characters. The three boys don’t inspire much sympathy either, as they continue to make bad decisions and allow themselves to be doormats for their girlfriends’ painfully high heels. Singh delivers the most convincing performance; his co-stars are too aware of the camera and their hairstyles.

The only honest moment in the film is at the end, when the trio of heartbroken and newly single men take solace in the only unconditional female relationship in their lives—their mothers.

Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 released in theatres on Friday.

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