An American thriller film P2 follows a young businesswoman who is
working late becomes trapped in an underground parking garage in midtown
Manhattan on Christmas Eve, only to later realise that she is pursued by a
psychopathic security guard who is obsessed with her. Does it ring a bell?
Yeah, that’s Nikhil Mahajan’s new film I Love You streaming for free on
Taking P2 as the main base and drawing inspiration from similar cult movies
like ‘Darr’ and ‘Anjaam’, ‘I Love You’ starring Rakul Preet Singh, Akshay
Oberoi and Pavail Gulati is all with an empty premise just like the empty
building. If you guys have already seen the Hollywood film P2 (which either way
was a box office disaster), you can simply stay away. And those who haven’t
watched the film, can simply watch it for a more enjoyable experience that the
insipid I Love You.
Coming back to the story, the characters are established on a
pre-Diwali day, primarily focusing on Satya (Rakul Preet Singh), an independent
and strong corporate woman who has recently been proposed by her boyfriend and
colleague, Vishal (Akshay Oberoi). The pair intends to leave the city for their
Diwali vacation, but later on Satya is unable to contact Vishal or her driver,
who was scheduled to drive her to the airport. As she attempts to exit the
office building on her own, she realizes that she is locked within its walls,
with no one else around.
With Vishal’s phone switched off, Satya calls her close
friend and colleague, Rishabh Oberoi aka RO (Pavail Gulati), who works in the
same office's technical department. When RO arrives to help her, their
situation takes a nasty turn as the night progresses. With her driver murdered
and his body dumped in her own car, Satya's life is irreversibly altered when
she finds out that RO is the one who is doing all this to her. What for? Only to
tell her that he loves her immensely and to achieve that, he can go to any
lengths. Even if that means killing Vishal in front of Satya. For he believes, its
only him who can protect her and love her immensely.
Though Pavail Gulati gives a strong performance as RO, he couldn’t bring
in the charm that Shahrukh Khan brought in Darr or Anjaam convincingly to convey
his character's murky shades. While popular songs like ‘Tu mile dil khile’, 'Jhooma chooma de de' and
‘Rooth na jana tumse kahoon toh,’ among others, convincingly convey the
nostalgic aura of the time, the film falls short of giving a really
spine-chilling experience when compared to P2 or other films of the same genre.
Rakul Preet Singh was passable so is Akshay Oberoi with his limited role. In
short, I Love you is not only easily predictable from the outset, but is a very
poor and pathetic version of P2. Neither its screenplay nor the impactful
performances make it worth your time.