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!
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.
Everyone must watch it for two times atleast...
best acting of dhanush.. else sonam is not so interacted in this movie...
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.
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!
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!