Raanjhanaa is a new inter-faith love story starring Sonam Kapoor. Our Bollywood film reviewer, Faisal Saif provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.
They say a person’s first love holds a special place especially if the memory is filled with the vibrant musings of the city that you grew up in. They also say first love cannot be erased from one’s memory until the end of life itself.
Raanjhanaa tells the story of Kundan (played by Dhanush) who belongs to a Hindu Pandit family and falls in love with a Muslim girl Zoya (played by Sonam Kapoor) the moment he sets his eyes on her.
They both are too small to fall in love though, but as they say, love also sees no age. Zoya’s elders do have an idea of some Hindu boy in Zoya’s life, but they don’t know who that boy is.
Zoya is sent to Aligarh for further studies and eventually goes to Delhi where she meets Akram (played by Abhay Deol) and she falls in love with this budding politician. But there are complications in this love triangle.
Zoya comes back to Benaras after a huge gap only to find out Kundan is still waiting for her with his love.
|The story of the film is very good in the first half, but goes on a confusing grip in its second half.|
|The film has amazing performances by Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol.|
|Aanand L Rai is a good Director but this time he looks handicapped by a confusing plot.|
|The camera work and production values are amazing. The editing part is very weak in the second half.|
|The music of the film is already a chart-buster. The film also has well-filmed songs. The background score is good.|
|Raanjhanaa works for its fantastic first half, music and performances. Review Scores by Faisal Saif|
If we talk about the performances, let me assure you Raanjhanaa scores full marks here. Dhanush is an award winning actor back home in Chennai.
He lives the character of Kundan in the film. But somewhere (if you look very closely), his performance reminds you of his father-in-law superstar, Rajinikanth.
This is especially in the pauses he takes, his eyes and his expressions. Sonam Kapoor is wonderful as Zoya. She enacts her part with perfect charm and beauty.
Abhay Deol is very talented and we don’t need any proof here. He performs his small part with a perfect touch. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub who plays Kundan’s friend is superb. Swara Bhaskar is also good.
Aanand L Rai directs Raanjhanaa after Tanu Weds Manu. The first half of the movie is full of love, colours and passion. But the moment Raanjhanaa jumps into its second hour, the story takes an unusual jump which might disappoint you as a romantic movie-goer.
This is because the second half of the film is full of Delhi and it’s politics. At some point (in the second half), you feel cheated. Let me also warn you that Raanjhanaa does have a sad climax which might become another disappointment.
Musically, the film is wonderful. No surprise there with A. R. Rahman leading the score. The songs are already a chart-buster especially ‘Tum Tak’ and ‘Raanjhanaa Huaa Main Tera’. The songs are also filmed in a beautiful manner.
The camera work and production values are a class apart. The editing is very weak in the second half. But at the end of the day, it’s the dragging screenplay which plays a spoil sport here and not the film’s Editor.
Raanjhanaa strictly works for it’s extraordinary first half, some good music and superb performances by the actors. I have my own doubts however, on public reaction to the film, after they have watched it.
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