Claps: Patralekhaa breathes in some life in this profoundly ridiculous film as the femme fatale. However a word of caution here! Her awkwardness while delivering Bhatt's English laden dialogues is clearly noticed.
Slaps: Story, Dialogues, Direction
What's New: In the times of Censor board and a man called Pahlaj Nahlani, director Vikram Bhatt introduces us to the world of swinging with 'Love Games'. He tries to push the envelope further by throwing light on the subject of sex that's mostly spoken behind the closed doors.
Popcorn Refill: Anytime
Plot: A rich businessman named Om Raichand falls to death on the bonnet of a car from the top of a building. The police suspects his wife Ramona ( Patralekhaa) of his murder. But soon she is given a clean chit after they go through the CCTV camera footage which suggests that she wasn't present in the building at the time of his death. Cut to we see that this rich widow has a toy boy Sam aka Sameer Khanna (Gaurav Arora) who most of the time goes into self-harming zone. These f**k buddies, driven by their carnal desires frequently plunge into the big bad world of lust and drugs.
After a threesome that fails to excite Sam, Ramona, in order to throw in some 'adventure' in the relationship, introduces him to a concept called 'love games' where they target happily married couple and compete to see who ends up in bed with them first. Things go smoothly for them until during one such 'love game' Sam meets Alisha Asthana (Tara Alisha Berry), a surgeon who has an abusive husband Gaurav (Hiten Tejwani). He falls for her and as time passes by, Alisha too finds solace in his arms.
Will Ramona ruin her game for their love story? The rest of the plot unravels that mystery.
Performances: Gaurav Arora who makes his Bollywood debut with 'Love Games' has some screen presence but fails to impress! The poor lad carries a stoned expression throughout the movie as if he is a confused soul wondering what is supposed to do in the next scene.
Patralekhaa tries to bring in some wicked deliciousness in her psychotic and power-hungry character and shines in some of the scenes. But her funny accent at times leaves you in splits instead.
Tara Alisha Berry gives a decent performance out of what is written for her.
I was constantly bugged by an observation through the film! Why is it that we don't see the characters blinking their eyes even once while saying their dialogues?
Direction: Vikram Bhatt starts off his film as a steamy affair with characters that have flaws in them because of their horrendous past and with inner demons to battle with, but post interval, all of a sudden, Mr writer-director takes a leaf out of an Abbas Mastan film. You see all sorts of ridiculous twists and turns thrown in and the messed up plot adds to your despair.
'Love Games' has some corny dialogues especially Patralekhaa's character that makes you go ROFL! Sample this- at one point when her character Ramona finds out that Sam is in love she says, "Best of both worlds, wahan classical piano, yahan hard rock". Another one goes like this- "Tum toh fire brigade ho gaye ho, emergency mein hi aate ho."
The Bhatt camp is known for their films having some soulful music. Sadly 'Love Games' has forgettable songs except for 'Nirvana'. The English soundtrack isn't appealing too.
Combo-on-offer: Plenty of smooches and skin show + Stupid Plot+ Painful Performances
Verdict: We give 'Love Games' TIGHT SLAPS for making a mess of a bold and daring concept.
Steer clear of this game unless you don't mind spending bucks on something like "Roses are red, violets are blue...sex can be messy and love can be too."