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Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi?

A story of morning after the night out on a binge, Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi?, quite contrary to its title, is all about the baat haunting two men and a woman day after the party. At a party, a few drinks down the belly, and more than cockles of one’s heart are warmed up. While skirt chasing comes naturally to men, they never remember the details when drunk. On the other hand, a woman, indulging in self pity can stray too.

Rahul (Rajat Kapoor) sees this sexy looking girl Sofia (Neha Dhupia) at a party at Saxena’s (Dalip Tahil) house and his manhood is aroused. Excitement leads him to drink more and finally he finds himself alone in a room with her. On the other hand, his friend Amit (Vinay Pathak), who is addicted to porn sites and does not matter if he is sharing the computer with his wife Nandini (Anu Menon), does some skirt chasing of his own at the party.

So far so good, it is only the morning after that, the trouble begins. Rahul’s wife, Mitali (Irawati Harshe) is cross and Rahul thinks its all because of his indulgence the night before. Amit’s wife throws him out for his porn addiction and his behaviour at the party. While Amit has nowhere to go, Rahul has a job on hand to find out what exactly he did at the party that has made his wife so cross with him that she won’t even look at him or talk with him. So both are stuck and Saxena takes it upon himself to tell them how foolish and irresponsible both have been.

While the theme sounds quite interesting on the outset, one is not sure if its treatment of alternating between one flash back followed by one present scene manages to grip. That is to say, one prefers the party part more than chasing the mystery of the night before.

Performances by all artistes are good. Rajat Kapoor as the man in limbo about ‘did he do it or did he not do it?’ is convincing. Vinay Pathak impresses. Irawati Harshe as the guilt ridden wife is very good. Anu Menon does well. Navniit Nisshan as a foot in the mouth socialite wife is good and so is Dalip Tahil.

Dialogue lack punches that a comedy movie should be full of. Music has been made to look part of the party scene and passes muster. Direction is fair.

Commercially, Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi? could have done better to choose another release week, coming as it does in shadow of mammoth hit 3 Idiots and New Year weekend.

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