There is something to be said for the popularity of the ‘opposite of attraction’ game. It easily creates the most compelling romantic stories in film and television. Pair that with an enemy-to-lover arc and you have a recipe that has been mined for decades and is quite successful. That’s exactly what Plan A Plan B – starring Tamannaah Bhatia and Riteish Deshmukh tries to do. The recently released romantic comedy revolves around a matchmaker and a divorce lawyer navigating love and relationships.
In an exclusive interview with Filmfare, the two opened up about screen space sharing, rom-coms, and why we’re so obsessed with the aforementioned rom-coms.
Tamannaah: She basically inherited the entire matchmaking business from her mother (played by Poonam Dhillon). She is a psychologist so her way of handling matchmaking is very different from the old school way so she took all these tests. Her ways are more scientific and slightly different. Going back to all the opposites attracts – I’ve seen that dynamic in my own home. My parents are really different people but when I see them together there are certain basic points that are very similar. I feel like even in the movie I notice that what these two characters are going through is similar. Both stuck – he was in his situation and I was in mine. So what brings them together is really the similarity, not the difference. Basically they don’t like each other. That’s what we’re trying to establish but most importantly, it’s a delightfully relaxing watch. There are not many rom-coms that I have seen in recent times on OTT platforms. There’s a wave of lots of horror and dark movies, which is great. That content is mandatory but I feel that because there is such a large amount, the rom-com is a new watch for everyone. And sometimes you just want the lunch you know, so it’s a great companion for that time when you don’t want to trigger your own emotions.
Tamannaah: I think that’s the script. That’s where much of it begins. That is the fact of the matter. As an actor, you can enhance it. You can add magic to it or it drops, depending on how good or bad the actor is. People keep asking more and more about chemistry but I find it has to be on paper first. Once it’s on paper, to translate it, you need good actors who can do it. And yes, I’ve seen cinematic magic happen when great actors come together. The movies Riteish mentioned are also exactly my favorite movies. So I second that.
Plan A Plan B is now on OTT.