Sunday, December 19, 2010

Film Review: BAND BAAJA BAARAAT

Cast: Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh
Story & Direction: Maneesh Sharma
Rating: ***** Super

This film is from the YRF banner and comes after continuous flops turned out by the film house.

The Story: Shruti (Anushka Sharma) lives in Delhi and is very clear about her aim in life. She wants to become the best wedding planner in the country. She has all her plans made and is keen to undergo the necessary training and experience. Bittoo is a college student who is studying only to escape farming beside his father in his village. He is not at all keen to get back to his village and meeting Shruti brings about a turn in his life. He cajoles her into taking him on as a partner in her wedding plan venture. The two set out at first to train under the best wedding planner in town. But they are disappointed to find that the woman never delivers what she promises. That’s when the two set up ‘Shaadi Mubarak’, a small-time venture. Soon, this gets quite big and popular.

In the beginning of the partnership, Shruti insists that their relationship will never go beyond friendship and that was the only way to keep the business partnership going. Bittoo takes her word as gospel and keeps a friendly relationship. But soon, the equation changes for Shruti when she falls in love with him. Unable to tell him the truth and quite disgusted when he insists that their relationship should not cross the friendship line, she picks a fight with him and they break up. The business falls apart and neither is able to survive in the market working alone.

Watch the film to see how the rift is patched up finally and Shaadi Mubarak returns to its former glory.

My Perception: The movie was very good. Anushka has three hits to her name – Rab Ne Banadi Jodi; Badmaa$h Company and now this one. Each one has a different role that required varying nuances. And believe me, this actress has delivered. She had done a superb job of playing Shruti – fun, emotion, attitude, you name it, she portrays it. Kudos!

Newcomer Ranveer Singh was nothing short of excellent. His casual manner, small town attitude, dialogue delivery, simple behaviour of Bittoo – everything comes naturally. The man could dance his way through the movie. He was just too good. Keep up the great work, Dude!

Music by Salim-Suleiman, choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya were just perfect. The story by Maneesh Sharma was quite uncomplicated and portrayed a simple set of situations typical to India and especially Delhi. It was the way he had handled the picturisation that was par excellence. The presentation was simply superb!

YRF is back with a bang it seems. If they delivered DDLJ all those years ago, they have proved that BBB is a pretty close contender. While it can never squeeze your hearts with emotion the way DDLJ did and still does, it is the next best and suits the modern generation just perfectly.

Verdict: Double Thumbs Up!

* Silly
** Shaky
*** Smart
**** Snazzy
***** Super

3 comments:

  1. Savitha Hira Proprietor Gallery Pradarshak; Content Editor - Design MatrixDecember 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    I would not call the film super, but I agree with you. The actor is fantastic for his début, Anushka is excellent (you've said it all) and the film is hugely entertaining. In the milieu of so-called entertaining films like Golmaal 3 (which was a colossal disappointment) etc., this was a welcome refresher.

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  2. sounds like a very interesting movie! will catch it on tv

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  3. I absolutely agree with Sundari. I have seen the film more than a dozen times particularly to watch Ranveer Singh. It is quite rare to watch the birth of a star - the last time was Di Caprio's debut performance in 'What's eating Gilbert Grape'. RS impresses you from frame 1 to the concluding frame. You watch a performance not someone's face or good looks - RS comes on very strong and good luck to him winning all he debut awards. He deserves best actor not just debut for his outstanding performance. He carries the movie!!!

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