Raanjhanaa Movie Review
Love stories are of different kinds. However, Bollywood seems to be obsessed with the cross religion love stories for quite some time. Director Anand L Rai has once again touched this subject but with Screenplay written by Himanshu Sharma, he has made the best use of a serious subject laced with laughter and expected twists. Film makers need to break away from the formula of hero and heroine getting together in the end irrespective of their other love interests and “Raanjhanaa” is a step in that direction but with a definite insurance cover.
Kundan (Dhanush) born in a Tamil family in Varanasi grows up with a one-sided attraction towards Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) a Muslim girl. This attraction after a jolly good ride turns into love between the duo. As almost every other film has it, this film also has its twist in the adolescent love story where Zoya’s family happens to be highly orthodox.
Zoya forced out of Varanasi by her parents comes back after a gap of eight years to her hometown. And as expected she doesn’t remember her puppy love whereas Kundan is still head over heels in love with her. Kundan is also chased by his child hood sweetheart Bindiya (Swara Bhaskar) pestering him to marry her. Zoya then decides it’s time to tell Kundan about her true love for Akram (Abhay Deol) which she developed during her stint outside of Varanasi.
Kundan decides to help them unite but fate has other plans and what happens then who end up where is all about in this quadrangular love story which has a running time of 135 minutes. The major strength of the film is its pace and the right dosage of comedy. However, in the second half it strays off pace and intent as it moves into a serious territory. In the end, a bit of unconventional approach does keep the viewer disappointed sans a conventional ending.
In terms of acting, Dhanush for whom this happens to be his Bollywood Debut has put in a more than decent performance for which his Tamil films acting experience has helped a lot. For Sonam Kapoor, this has to be her best performance of her career till date. Abhay Deol comes in a sort of cameo role and does a decent job. Swara Bhaskar with her limited screen time is a good find.
A R Rahman’s music has to be termed as mediocre except for a couple of songs and the climax background score. Hemal Kothari’s editing could have been a tad crisper but nevertheless he has done a commendable job. Anand L Rai has managed to pull off a complicated love quadrangle quite easily.
“Raanjanhaa” turns out to be a good entertainer and a must watch for the lead pair’s acting.