First love in anyone’s life holds a special place especially if the memory is filled with the vibrant musings of the city that you grew up in. Benaras holds a special place in Kundan's heart, because not only did he grow up as a typical, god fearing, shiv bhakt-Pandit but also because it was the city that gave him Zoya. Raanj...more
First love in anyone’s life holds a special place especially if the memory is filled with the vibrant musings of the city that you grew up in. Benaras holds a special place in Kundan's heart, because not only did he grow up as a typical, god fearing, shiv bhakt-Pandit but also because it was the city that gave him Zoya. Raanjhanaa is the story of Kundan, his journey from a 13 year old boy in love who goes on to become a committed, spirited young man, who’s experiences in life made him the person he is today. less
“An over the top love story that takes a dreadful turn after a promising first half. If you must, watch it for Dhanush's brilliant performance and Rahman's music. ”
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The Kolaveri D boy, the masakali girl and the Banarasi babu ( Aanand Rai ) get together and create a really good film. The subject of love between so called unequals ( cast /creed etc ) has always been incendiary material for script writers and this case is no exception. So we have a Tamilian boy Kundan ( son of a priest settled in Varanasi) harassing/ eve teasing / stalking an orthodox Muslim girl Zoya shamelessly and getting slapped 16 times by the girl. His audacity in pursuing the girl is something worth watching. Finally the girl relents due to his " consistency "( she says ) but our hero slashes his wrist to prove his love..
Zoya is sent away, 8 years have passed and she has forgotten Kundan meanwhile. and likes Abhay Deol, a student leader in Delhi.The story has it's twists and turns, and any further revealing of plot may not be right. The film though interesting suffers from a common malady of the day,that is a dragging second half which spoils the taste. The scenes at Delhi could have been pruned to reduce the length by half hour. The dialogue is well written and is hard hitting when needed and also quite funny with some tickling one liners.
Dhanush dark skinned and very thin totally unlike a Hindi film hero has done exceedingly well and carries the entire first half on his shoulders. He is very convincing as the brat who just does not give up. All his scenes are done very nicely by him. Sonam has a meaty role on her hands where she starts as a giggling teenager and ends up as a confused lover. This is probably her best acting till date.
Director Aanand Rai has done a good job and it shows. The atmosphere of Varanasi( including the ghats ) and the narrow lanes has been beautifully captured by him A good piece of location shooting. He has kept a good pace most of the time and the humorous parts help. In the supporting roles Abhay Deol suits as the student leader and shows good chemistry with Sonam. Zeeshan Ahmed as Dhanush's friend Murari is excellent and has stolen many scenes with his one liners.Swara Bhaskar as the other girl crazy after Dhanush is impressive. Her last line to Sonam " Woh Kundan jo khoon thook raha hai wo mera nahin ho sakta,woh tumhara hai " is very telling.
Music by AR Rehman is good as usual and few songs will become hits.