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Girlfriend is best left friendless!

Shalini Jain | June 11, 2004 20:09 IST

Amrita Arora, Isha Koppikar in GirlfriendBefore you watch Girlfriend, it is important to be clear why you are going. If it is to watch a sensitive, mature film on lesbianism, stay at home. If it is to watch a flesh fest featuring Isha Koppikar and Amrita Arora, what can we say? There's plenty to ogle at.

Two characters in love with the same third character, and one is even ready to kill the other out of jealousy. Suffered through a zillion films like this? Add Girlfriend to the list. With one minor difference: It is not two guys fighting over one girl, it is a girl trying to kill a guy to get the other girl, whether she [the other girl] wants to be won over or not, depending on her alcohol intake at the moment.

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Girlfriend
has two 'best friends', Tanya [Isha Koppikar] and Sapna [Amrita Arora], who live in several countries and cities at the same time. While their home is a luxurious beach house in Mauritius, they work in Mumbai and party every night in the pubs of Goa.

Enter Aashish Chowdhary aka Rahul, hero (to Sapna) and villain (to Tanya). Here on, all three characters have a single agenda and facial expression — Sapna to giggle vacuously at whatever the hero says; Tanya to grimace murderously at the same; and Rahul to alternate between giggling vacuously and frowning murderously, depending on which girl he is with.

Many jealousies later, Rahul and Sapna, plagued by each other and the 'best' friend, decide to split.

But director Karan Razdan is determined not to let such a thing as a lesbian separate true lovers. So the story drags on to a predictable ending.

Isha Koppikar, Amrita Arora in GirlfriendThe acting is mediocre and stereotypical — Isha at her villainous best, Amrita at her brainless best, Aashish at his harried best. There is no scene or dialogue worth remembering.

Sample the lines: Amrita to Aashish: "Jab main soti hoon, main behosh hoon. [When I am asleep I am unconscious]." Well, really?!

The songs are more about the flesh fest than melody.

What really riles you about Girlfriend is that it is promoted to be a film dealing with the subject of lesbianism.

Nothing could be further from the truth. One is a lesbian owing to child abuse, while the other is a lesbian only when she's smashed drunk. In fact, one can judge the intellectual richness of the story when we have a girl, on the morning after, vowing to stay clear of alcohol to avoid homosexuality! There is no exploration of or sensitivity to any other cause to promote an understanding of this still-taboo topic in India.

What is more distressing is that Razdan does a great disservice to the lesbian community by portraying the only lesbian character in the film as an out-and-out psychopathic villain.

CREDITS:
Cast: Isha Koppikar, Amrita Arora, Aashish Choudhury
Director: Karan Razdan
Music: Dabboo Malik



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Sub: Culture give me a break

Hi Everyone, It really upsets me to see that people confuse culture with facts of life. Lesbians and Homosexuality has been going on India for ...


Posted by Shilpa





Sub: culture and sin ...

I see all the messages are either about culture (being Indian) or about being free. Irrespective of what a culture allows something wrong is plain ...


Posted by Sreenivas





Sub: Crap...Filth...@#%$....**** ***......Dog Vomit

What the hell is this movie talking ab8. If this movie was ab8 lesbianism i would have said kudos to Razdan even if he is ...


Posted by Sumit





Sub: Grow up!!

yea right ' grow up' people. Live and Let Live...how can u say its degrading for our culture? wat culture are u talkin abt? the ...


Posted by Aishwarya





Sub: girlfriend.....please don't pass a wrong msg to the younger generatioin

Dear entire crew of GIRLFRIEND, don't pass any wrong message to the immature younger generation of India.Please don't play with the emotions and innocence of ...


Posted by sonali




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