Story: When Sintoo (Jassie Gill) is left high and dry by the love of his life Sonam (Surbhi Jyoti), he scribbles his frustration on currency notes. The notes become viral, setting off a chain of events in the lives of Sintoo and Sonam that range from bizarre to unbelievably random.
Review: The Rs.10 currency note bearing the line ‘Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai’ became viral and fodder for memes on the internet, a few years back. The strange trend also hit headlines across the nation, as everyone wondered, who exactly is Sonam Gupta and what led to this scathing accusation, perhaps, by a jilted lover. Writer-director Ssaurabh Tyagi tries to capitalise on this viral sensation by weaving a fictional story around it. This attempt to infuse a full-fledged narrative around just one famous line is so forced that it shows in every frame of this crumbling film. Tyagi’s story is rooted in Uttar Pradesh’s small town with quirky and loud characters that represent the myriad clichés of the typical ‘small-town thinking.’ Among many other things, the film also preaches how one must think big to become big.
Sintoo, like almost every other aimless youngster of the town is besotted with Sonam Gupta, who is brash, entitled, feisty and way out of his league. When she dupes him and disappears, all hell breaks loose and Sintoo gets a rude reality check. For the first hour or so, the film literally moves around in circles trying to the set the premise so that the film’s title can be somehow fitted into the plot. The only fun one can have here is watch the eccentricity of the characters and the modest non-urban setting. It’s a sheer pleasure to watch the late veteran actor Surekha Sikri master her craft for one last time. The film’s hero Jassie Gill is aptly cast as the gullible Sintoo, who is pampered by his unreasonable mother and flanked by useless friends. Despite the obvious flaws in the writing, Jassie makes Sintoo lovable and easy to root for. Ditto for Surbhi Jyoti, who plays the complex and unreadable character of Sonam with confidence and élan. Like most such films, there is a lot riding on character actors as well and Tyagi gets some aces to do the job. This includes Atul Srivastava, Vibha Chhibber and Bijendra Kala. Vijay Raaz is disappointingly repetitive.
But all of these actors are in service of an extremely weak script that tries to tackle too many issues, often leaving unexplained holes in the narrative. And the biggest problem is that the film is pitched as a comedy, but is not least bit funny. The music is strictly average. ‘Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai?’ seems to have been born out of a one-line idea that stretches on for over two hours with some decent performances as the only saving grace.