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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I'm a Dhanush and Abhay Deol fan so needless to say I was really looking forward to this film. I had kept my expectations on the lower side though because of Sonam Kapoor - I have yet to (even slightly) enjoy a film she stars in. And yet to understand why Abhay Deol agreed to work with her again after the disastrous Aisha.
Raanjhanaa starts out well. It's funny, it's light, even though the initial story is the same as that of many other films - Hindu boy falls for Muslim girl and her family sends her away. This part of the film was cute - the subtle flirting, the high school love, the kiss on cheek - all good - minus the bit where Dhanush cuts his wrist. At that point however we think, 'uh-what?! par okay, bachcha hai, stupid hai, he'll learn'. Little did we know that we're in for many more wrist cuttings and dhamkees in love through the film.
After the kids grow up is when their love goes from what I described above to the complete pagal type. The type you find hard to sit through. The type that drags. The type where it almost happens - but then doesn't. The film starts to slog and you think that the 'twist' in the end will make it all better but that too fails, only proving that the characters are indeed insane - each wanting to kill the other, then feeling bad about it - yes this happens TWICE.
The movie isn't a happy one. But I've enjoyed unhappy movies in the past. So that wasn't the problem. The problem was with the characters. Their ideas/words contradict their actions - and love is to blame for all the madness, apparently.
The music and the cinematography may have been the film's only saving grace. Banaras never looked better and worth making a trip down to for Holi for sure.
Dhanush acts well and Abhay Deol is his usual fantastic self. This may have been Sonam Kapoor's best performance to date - but that doesn't mean it was good. It wasn't. But it was better.