Raanjhnaa Reviews

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September 12, 2015
its like better than titanic for me.
August 27, 2014
The movie was alright and tried to be different and more twisting than the usual love stories, but I just didn't like the story. The cast was good, but I felt like the story lacked more depth.
The love between Kundan and Zoya was just odd and weird. When she "confesses" before he "meets his fate", you are still not sure if she means it or not. I didn't fully understand Zoya's character and her way of thinking, because she seemed the rational thinker but then falls in love with a guy who is a Sikh and uses Kundan. So she sort of deserved what he did. I also didn't quite understand how quickly the Sikh guy died. It seemed so odd and then the whole political party thing and Kundan being the tea boy was even more bizarre. This is why I disliked the second half of the movie.
The ending was horrible and cliche with the rebirth thing.
Just an average movie and not worth the hype!
½ January 8, 2014
Great Story...! and proud that it came from Bollywood
December 21, 2013
You are all set to watch a ramp walk. The model walks in well dressed in ethnic, colorful and vibrant finery well laced with gota, embroidery, sequins and the likes. Upon reaching the front of the stage she turns around to commence her exit. But the back of the apparel is a combination of leather black and whites in different geometrical shapes, very Gen-X like, simply strewn together within the outline of the apparel. You are left in an utter confused state because how much ever you try, you cannot derive to any logical or creative or even any experimental link between the front and the back of the apparel. Neither can you find clear logical link between the elements of the back of the apparel themselves! You really enjoy the model's entry on the stage, make up a mindset which makes her exit somewhat predictable and somewhat mysterious, and you are all set to enjoy her exit. But the whole experience simply leaves you fumbling to understand what the designer actually intended. This is Raanjhanaa. Rustic, well scripted and soothingly paced first half, but absolutely differently scripted and cumbersome second half.

It seems that the director intended to recreate the magic of the classic 1942 - A Love Story in modern day setting i.e. pure, innocent love amidst the backdrop of political turmoil. Instead he created pure innocent love and political turmoil. Reasons - a) because he could not handle both the sensibilities together, and b) Sonam is not Manisha, who when well directed, can throw in myriad expressions together to depict the internal turmoil of the character.

First half of the movie is fresh in its approach and keeps you entertained. Sonam looks beautiful in every frame. But she direly needs to get out of her 'Saawariya' mindset. Yesteryears' actresses mould does not work for the modern day complex characters. Her acting ranges from being good to confused to ordinary. Abhay has a magnetic screen presence. You expect him to do a lot more than he is given the chance to do in the movie. But the surprise package is Dhanush. You would never expect this lanky man from south to act and emote so well in every scene that he has been given to act. Best thing about him is that he neither tries to steal away other actor's scenes nor he tries to display the star in him over the character that he is playing. Swara Bhaskar and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, his two friends in the movie have also acted very well. Except for the voice, you simply cannot realize that Swara is the same lady who played Kangana's robust elder sister in 'Tanu Weds Manu'. Kumud and Shilpi have also done justice to their roles. Some of the dialogues mouthed by Dhanush and his friends do make the required impact. They have their own vernacular charm. Music is composed by the legendary A. R. Rahman, so it is undoubtedly good.
November 28, 2013
sentimental piece of shit. Can't understand why such mindless petty romances (aimed at drawing chattering masses). The male protagonist is a naive sentimental ignoramus and the makers of this film cannot resist glorifying self-important hypocritical 'radicals' showing off their grandiose 'missions' for the nation. A.R. Rehman's music or Irshad Kamil's lyrics are no reason to watch this 'box-office hit'. Period.
November 25, 2013
The mad devotion of the foolish boy & the sheer ecstasy of the agony of love for someone unworthy, just respect & tears
November 18, 2013
awesome luv story <3
October 6, 2013
A lil late arrival in the city, this 1z an AR musical treat with some beautifully captured cinematographic xtravaganza. A strong plot and an equally novel script away from the conventional glossy picture perfect climax. The movie cleverly xploits Dhanush's attributes and makes it to one of his finest feats. Though a few lows whilst delivering punchlines (apparently the accent glitch), Dhanush is quick to make it up with his trademark simpleton style and whacky moves.. The rustic beauty of Banaras comes alive with some gr8 tracks and beautifully shot visuals by Natarajan. Overall an effort worth all its acclaims..
September 8, 2013
Before Intermission :) After Intermission :(
September 4, 2013
at times it felt very repetitive and boring. Could become slow but I have to say Dhanush's dialogue delivery was fantastic.
August 1, 2013
Best Love story ever...
Everyone must watch it for two times atleast...
best acting of dhanush.. else sonam is not so interacted in this movie...
½ July 20, 2013
Most over-rated movie of this year.Only good thing was Dhanush, the supporting actors and few witty one liners. Loose script, loose direction and nothing extra-ordinary. The story was a complete chaotic mixture. Once again disappointed by the response of public.
½ July 18, 2013
In the hinterlands of the country, Love is still unabashed, heartfelt and mostly tends to begin as one-sided. As the boy devotes himself to the girl at first sight, his life centers around the charming crush that wouldn't last much longer because either the family or politics would intervene. Yet, in the colorful and vivacious town of Benaras unfolds one such childhood crush that grows into a painstaking pursuit of love. National award winner, Dhanush, plays the innocent and impulsive Kundan while Sonam Kapoor, in one of her most impressive performances is Zoya. Director Aanand Raj ('Tanu weds Manu') infuses a small town love story with several twists and a political angle to raise the stakes of lovers and haters alike.

Kundan's persistent, at times wacky approach to woo Zoya leads to multiple slaps but eventually, the fondness grows while they are barely in high school. But ofcourse, this wasn't acceptable by Zoya's parents and she is thus sent out of the city to study, leaving Kundan and his promises of timeless love.
Upon her return to Benaras years later, she takes a while to recognize Kundan, who is now a handyman at her family home. Kundan's love for her is still only his to keep and not to share as Zoya found her soulmate in Akram/Jasjeet (Abhay Deol). As an idealist leader in the J.N. University, Abhay Deol's convincing portrayal is briefly interrupted by Kundan's foolhardy decision. Dejected and rejected, Kundan finds no solace for himself until he indirectly gets involved in Jasjeet's political movement which is now spearheaded by Zoya. Kundan's pure intentions, upfront attitude and outspoken confidence garner faith from his comrades but not from the one he yet loves. Through a series of twists in the story, writer Himanshu Sharma challenges Kundan's dedicated love and Raanjhanaa is a tale of its triumph.

With his pure intentions, unabashed dialogues and simpleton charm, Kundan makes us take his side in the story even though the writer and director frequently challenge his impulsive and immature decisions. The credit has to go to the National award winner Dhanush, who is a departure from the heroes of Bollywood. Yet there is some innocence and sincerity in him that is undeniable. Take his dancing as an example. No hindi film actor would dance vigorously but that is precisely Dhanush's unique charm that works in this film. Even though his dialogues might come out unabashed, he is effective in standing his ground with his delivery. Dhanush joins the ranks of Mahadevan and Siddharth among a few others who leave a great impression for their hindi film debut.
Sonam Kapoor has a stronger character compared to her previous roles. She does well in holding her own especially in the second half. While she looks beautiful as a small town girl in the song and dance of the first half, her versatility shows in the parts when she leads a group of rebellious young thinkers.
Abhay Deol has a brief yet prominent role that changes the course of the one-sided love story. At times, we wish for his commanding character to have shades of his oldest brother but that might be too much to ask for. The rest of the supporting cast is fresh and their natural acting does lend to the film's realistic feeling.

A.R.Rahman's music isn't the finest he has produced. Tum tak sounds like it wasn't composed for a hindi film while tu man shudi is an excellent merging of two very talented artists, Rahman himself and Rabbi Shergill. Raanjhanaa might remain the most memorable track through with its melody and image of Dhanush's vivacious dancing. The rest of the music is almost forgettable and adds to the film's precious length.

Aanand Raj enriches this simple love story using plot twists as its main attraction. While exacting fine performances from the lead actors, he creates tragedy, sorrow, anger, joy and tenderness around love to revive the genre of soulful romantic movies. Raanjhanaa tends to be more real than a fairy tale, occasionally wavering to the extremes.
Watch it for its twists, for Dhanush's sincere performance, laudable dialogues and for Sonam Kapoor's impressive portrayal of Zoya, for whom Kundan became a Raanjhanaa.

- 7.773 on a scale of 1-10.
July 17, 2013
Didn't cut it for me. It was an okay movie but their acting was spot on. Good actors.
½ July 16, 2013
saw a good innocent love story after a long time.....gud screeplay , nice script with a feel good x factor to it...a high skul inter caste love story of banaras gets a bit meesy when the father of the muslim girls gets to know abt her affair wid a hindu guy....then a new chapter starts when the girl moves to delhi n falls fr another young hindu politician n returns to banaras where her x flame is still dreaming of her....
unconditional love isnt when a guy dares to fight against odds against 10 villians(any stupid egoist guy cn do dat fr der friends gf too) but when a innocent dumb guy tries to fix all her problems wid some other guy jst coz he wnt to see her smile even if without her...dats LOVE for me!
July 11, 2013
one of the best movie i've ever seen..
July 6, 2013
This movie takes you on a wonderful ride of the vibrant and colorful Benares through the lives of the comtemporary middle class. The backdrop of the ganges, the narrow streets of this culturally rich city and the riot of festivals blend fluidly with the narration of this love tale. Watch this for its splendid direction, it's strong performances and lovable characters esp Murari. Never before has a movie ended with such grace and conviction. The equation of a young man's life beautifully sums up; with the very few things that make it worthwhile - Friends to Live for and a Love to die for.
½ July 6, 2013
I have mixed feelings for this movie. I wasn't bored but I wasn't satisfied either. A simple tale of a hindu boy falling madly in love at first sight with a muslim girl isn't new in bollywood. But only this time the hero is not a perfect person. He is more flawed (who can cut his wrist if the girl says no every single time) than our traditional heroes. He does the odd jobs like plumbing, changing cylinders, etc. And he deeply loves a muslim girl who enjoys the company of the hero, often asks for his help but never truly loved him. That was all about the love story.
The story changes its track into a political drama set in delhi in the second half. Never dragged but sudden burst of new age philosophies don't blend in very well. I even expected our protagonist to do something more dramatic at the climax to bring the movie to a conclusion (a solution to current government politics which the 2nd half aimed for). But it just ends with a great dialogue, eventually making this one of those bitter endings to classic love stories.
I still enjoyed Ranjhanna more because of Dhanush. I mean I never expected a hero to even look like him. But he steals the show with his hilarious comic timings (I am talking about that bhojpuri dance which he does when he finally gets to know Sonam's name!) and intense acting skills.
Oh I have no words for Sonam Kapoor. Literally!
July 2, 2013
The movie is a real entertainer, not just another cheesy love story as the title may suggest. Dhanush is looking superb in the role, his acting is so fresh and original. He just lives the character he played. The dialogues are the amazing. The cinematography is great too. This movie is great. Enjoy it !!
June 29, 2013
An eternal love story with ultimate screenplay .....Dhanush Dhanush,,,,,,carries away,,,
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