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An Honest Review Of ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’: A Story About How To Escape The Friendzone

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From a scale of Hrithik and Kareena Kapoor in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham to the duo in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, with the latter (obviously) being their worst and OTT film, Mujhse Dosti Karoge falls somewhere in the middle of the two films. 

Which, for you, can loosely translate into the fact that while you may be at the risk of going completely deaf by watching Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, your eardrums might just survive this movie we are going to review today. 

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First things first, the title of the movie that translates into ‘Will you be my friend’ is actually about anything but friendship. In fact, the movie takes the concept of friendship and throws it right out of the window to make some space for lying, conspiracy and catfishing. 

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The movie begins with a rather stereotypical scene at a train station where we find out that Raj (Hrithik Roshan), Tina (Kareena Kapoor) and Pooja (Rani Mukherjee) are all childhood friends and Raj is smitten with Tina as she’s been made to seem like the obvious choice owing to her looks. While Pooja is just…there.

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It also doesn’t help that for feeding into this rather cringy stereotype, Tina is played by a comparatively fair actress (Kareena) while the role of Pooja is being essayed by a dusky actress (Rani). Talk about the origin of racism…

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Raj along with his family is moving to London and while the kids are bidding adieu, Raj asks Tina to stay in touch with him through email. 

Tina doesn’t give two flying fu*ks because is it even a Kareena Kapoor character if she cares about anyone but herself? Meanwhile, Pooja is eavesdropping on everything considering she has this huge crush on Raj who practically sees through her…you know…because she is pretty much invisible to him!

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The moment Raj lands in London, he starts emailing Tina. To which, rather sneakily, Pooja starts to reply all the while pretending to be Tina. And safe to say, she doesn’t do a good job.

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Years pass by and Pooja keeps falling for her friend who is simultaneously falling for Pooja’s version of Tina. 

And Tina, on the other hand, has completely forgotten about the boy. That is up until Raj and his family decide to fly down home and make a visit to their friends. 

Raj promises Tina (secretly Pooja) that he will recognise her instantly despite not having seen each other in years and deep down Pooja hopes he will pick her. 

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At the same time, Pooja has a mini-meltdown thinking her lie would be caught and tells Tina everything. But, hardly anything gets through her thick brain. And considering she calls Raj “Mr America” throughout the movie when he actually came back from Britain, is pretty self-explanatory. 

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When Raj arrives, he automatically makes his way to Tina and not Pooja, because the horny f*cker is still all about looks and beauty which pretty demeaningly have been reflected through a fair and long-haired and short-clothed Tina and not through a conservative, dusky-skinned Pooja. Shame, Bollywood. Shame!

As the three hang out more and more, Raj realises that something about Tina doesn’t add up. While she seemed intellectual and honestly – sane in her emails, she was pretty dense in reality. 

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But because she was ‘pretty’, she was able to keep the charade going for a bit. 

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Pooja is still falling in love from the sidelines but is also being kept just there – on the side. Raj and Tina’s parents soon announce their engagement and Pooja gets her heartbroken.

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Raj returns to London but Pooja, who probably didn’t want to give up on her chance at love, chases him there. Well, not exactly because she has an interview, but at this point, we know better than to believe it was just a coincidence. 

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Raj is delighted to host Pooja but finds out the truth when he hears her humming the same tune in a church that he apparently only sent to Tina through his emails. 

He finally figures it out and suddenly snaps out of love from Tina in a second to now fall for Pooja, who had been the one catfishing him all along. 

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Pooja being the conniving little minx she is, doesn’t back down and the two decide to travel back to India to tell everyone the truth and get married. 

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However, when they arrive, tragedy has struck as Tina’s father passed away and seeing this, Pooja can’t get herself to break another bad news to her best friend. 

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From the looks of it, it might look honourable of Pooja to step on her own happiness for her best friend, but in actuality, she was simply ruining three lives all because she and Raj couldn’t invest in a damn webcam when they had the chance. 

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By this point, we realise that Pooja and Raj operate on the same level of crazy, for Raj reluctantly agrees to marry Tina on the condition that she also marries someone else so that both their lives are equally ruined. What in the actual f*ck?

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When the families travel to London for Raj and Tina’s wedding, Raj is busy stealing moments with Pooja and things get even more f*cked up when Raj’s friend Rohan (Aditya Chopra) falls for Pooja. 

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Raj keeps her pushing for him and literally forces her to marry him. 

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In the meantime, Raj and Pooja manage to creep everyone out by dancing very intimately at Tina and Raj’s sangeet function. 

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But Tina doesn’t suspect anything because besides being conveniently thick-skinned, she is also the only one who understood the meaning of friendship (unlike Pooja, of course).

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Finally, towards the climax of the film, Tina finds out that Raj and Pooja were sneaking behind her back the entire time – all because a Kangan doesn’t fit her wrist, but fits Pooja. 

Instead of throwing a shit fit and calling out Pooja for being the horrible friend she was, Tina (rather uncharacteristically) happily gives her blessing to Mr America and Pooja get married instead. 

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Surprisingly, the family (or the guests) do not mind the last-minute revelation and all’s well that ends well – for Pooja of course. Rohan and Tina, on the other hand, simply stand on the side throwing flowers at them and possibly crying inside for getting friendzoned on their own wedding day.

The End.

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