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  • Yusuf Poonawala

    Yusuf Poonawala (50 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - February 07, 2014 9:32 AM IST
    3.6DM (1612 ratings)
    Ladies v/s Ricky BahlWatch trailerRelease date : December 09, 2011

    Exactly a year ago, the YRF team set the cash registers ringing with a low key, small budget film by one of their in house assistant directors. That film managed to not only set the box office on fire, but gave its debutante lead hero, Ranveer Singh, a shot at fame, glamour and glory. That film was Maneesh Sharmas Band Baajaa Baaraat. It is but natural that when the entire team comes together with their next presentation, the expectations are sky high from Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl.

    The story has been very clearly shown in the promos. Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) cons naive women off their money and disappears. So a Saira from Lucknow (Aditi Sharma), Raina from Mumbai (Dipannita Sharma) and a Dimple from Delhi (Parineeti Chopra) ultimately realise the game after being few of the 27 odd women conned by RB. Conveniently their paths cross and they decide to seek revenge. John Tucker Must Die anyone? Hence they decide to use Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma) to con the conman, in the ultimate con game. Pop Con anyone?

    Loosely, I repeat, loosely inspired by the 2006 hit flick starring Jesse Metcalfe, this desi version has its own charm. It is not a bad film, mind you, but it does not live upto the hype and expectations that people have from it. Sometimes it does become difficult for the same team to recreate the magic.

    Maneesh Sharmas direction is passable. It is his script which lets him down in the post interval portions. While BBB had its unexpected twists, LVRB has none to speak of. Whatever little the title of the film does not give away, the promos did! So you know very well how it will all pan out. That is where the screenplay by Devika Bhagat fails. Mind you, she is the only change from the BBB team. In BBB, the screenplay along with the dialogues were by Habib Faisal. And just by changing that one clog, the entire product is a letdown compared to BBB.

    The music of the film is also purely okay, besides the Aadat song. The rest of the songs in the film break the flow of the narrative.

    Ranveer Singh does a good follow through to BBB and he does a good job at it, proving that BBB wasnt a one off case. His conman with values act is first rate. Anushka on the other hand is rather wasted in a half baked role. In an attempt to achieve size 0, she has lost too much of weight and it does not look good on her. But in terms of acting, she does complete justice to her character. The chemistry that the duo share does try to fill up the gaps in the storyline.

    Dipannita Sharma and Aditi Sharma are very good in their respective roles. But the scene stealer of the film is debutante Parineeti Chopra! As the hardcore Dilliwali Punjaban she actually makes you wish she had a larger role in the film. The film actually belongs to the trio of conned women.

    Go without expectations (rather difficult) and you will not come back disheartened.

    Does it have The Y Factor:No


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