The only thing not formulaic about this Bollywood movie, opening Friday at AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa, is the name of the main character.
"I used to be really fat," the now super-fit hero explains.
Well, okay. Not much to do with the ill-balanced wall-sitting egg of the same name, then.
This Humpty is more of a bum who hangs around his father's bookstore until meeting Kavya Singh, a rich girl who has come to New Delhi to shop for her upcoming wedding. Kavya is feisty, gorgeous and can totally drink him under the table. And, of course, she hates him. Humpty has a great fall, right into love.
One problem: her prospective groom Angad, a rich, handsome NRI (Indian living abroad) who can cook. Perfect husband material! But in the end the title translates to Humpty Sharma's Bride.
The movie reunites actors Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in the lead roles as well as producer Karan Johar from the 2012 ultra-glossy high school blockbuster Student of the Year, which catapulted Bhatt and Dhawan to overnight stardom. Both have had moderate but not quite blockbuster success since, Bhatt particularly drawing generous praise for taking weighty roles yet quiet criticism for not quite carrying them.
But box office success with this little rom-com looks easy enough for even Humpty to crack.
Caitlin E. O'Conner, Times staff writer