Another romantic comedy. A very formulaic approach. A typical YashRaj movie. You think? You are right. Largely. Well, mostly.
The movie has tremendous potential. The story has meat but unfortunately, the YRF handling makes it a little tacky. Don’t get me wrong. The movie is entertaining and I would say totally paisa vasool unlike what some others have to say. I won’t delve into the story details or the technical handling of the movie or such. The others do a better job of it! For me, the movie allowed me to take five hours out on a Thursday night preceding a long weekend (more on why it was five later!).
What I truly enjoyed was Bipasha Basu, Ranbir Kapoor and Hiten Paintal in that order. Paintal plays the quintessential and necessary sidekick in such movies. The ‘other’ voice for our hero… the one who’s trying to keep a balance or completely bust the hero’s thinking (depending on how you look at it). But he did create a character that was lovable albeit a little misguided in the conventional sense.
As for Ranbir, having not seen Saawariya, I was not expecting much. “Chocolate Boy” is what I had cast him as. And I was right. He will excel in romantic love stories and is definitely the next Aamir Khan. Whether he can grow as much remains to be seen. But handling a movie on his own at such an early stage of his career, he can. And I don’t mind watching more of him in upcoming movies.
And then there’s Bipasha. The best of the three Haseenas. By far the most evolved of all actors and the one who truly knew what she was doing. Her role was also the one with the most depth and man, she looks hot! Sizzling hot. Piping hot. You get the picture! Watch it for her. In a theatre!
There are two more actresses fighting for screen space and presence with her and that’s all they are left doing. Fighting. Their novice nature shows through. Minissha Lamba shall forever be confined to side roles henceforth. She cannot carry anything through. Not even a crying scene. Not even the simple scenes where she doesn’t need to ham. But then, that’s her ability one has to say.
Deepika Padukone is the next Aishwarya Rai. No doubt. She is just as beautiful, tall, glam and devoid of emotion. She is the next ice queen. Any warmth visible in her character in OSO is now gone. She is cold. Heartless. Matter of fact. Not what one is looking for in a romantic comedy. And although some may argue that her character demanded this, she does it too convincingly.
Kunal Kapoor has a cameo in the movie. Well done, but over the top. Totally implausible as well. He is a good actor going waste. Seriously.
Coming back to why the movie ‘experience’ lasted five hours for me, it had to do with missing prints. We were at the City Pride (Kothrud) multiplex in Pune on Thursday night and the 10.30pm scheduled start finally happened at 11.40pm. “The rains and the traffic in the ghats delayed the prints coming from Mumbai,” we were told. But the same movie had shows at 8.30 in another theathre that happened on time. So, go figure!
As for a verdict (since these are a must in case of reviews), I recommend you see it. For Bipasha, Ranbir and Paintal. There are a lot of loose ends and missing pieces in the movie but it’s not too hard to overlook these. I rate it 3.5/5.
A special mention for the song “Khuda Jaane”… it is still stuck in my head. And I hope it stays that way for a while. It is awesome.