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!
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
November 13, 2013
Interesting.. some parts were excellent.
November 7, 2013
better than expected performance by dhanush, impressive one from abhay deol, excellent music score by arr, but a bit of let down towards the end.
October 8, 2013
There is a lovely earnestness through most of the film due to a heartfelt performance by Dhanush. Just wish the end would have retained the edge in Kundan's character.
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..
June 22, 2013
Music is pretty good & Kundan's character was well acted by D.
October 5, 2013
Loved the movie. Dhanush as an actor is superb and it shows that the looks dont matter but energy and passion does. It is a fast paced love story shot in Beneras and Delhi. Good music by AR Rehman, See it if you want to see a contemporary but a very different love story.
September 8, 2013
Before Intermission :) After Intermission :(
August 31, 2013
The Movie is Intense, Bold and completely realistic.
A very good attempt to Bollywood Cinema, and DISCLAIMER: This is NOT any other feel good love story.
The art Direction, and costumes stand out. MUSIC is such a BIG PLUS and the Album, will be among AR Rahman's good ones. Sonam has matured herself as an actress and she does a very good job. This is a Dhanush movie, and he does wonderful work throughout. I am not a Dhanush fan, while I've never even considered him as a good actor. This movie changes it..! Aanand Rai should be complemented for such a brave effort to get such a complicated plot, to hindi cinema, without loosing the essence.
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 30, 2013
The movie post its first 40 mins suffers from serious mishap in the story line and a character that does not require Abhay Deol to play it. Post intermission the movie takes a total different route all together and fall down the cliff and shatter into pieces that can never be remembered nor can be corrected back to its form.
June 29, 2013
Date: 20 Aug 2013
Time: 9.30 pm
August 19, 2013
It's not the kind of happy ending you would expect in a Bollywood movie; but it's an acceptable ending(all things considered)
The movie has a very different story-line compared to all the boy meets girl stories out there... as an audience i felt and understood the journey that the characters went through, and the justification of their actions in the movie. so hats off to the director, the writer and the cast.
August 18, 2013
En el 2013 Bollywood ha evolucionado bastante, Esta historia que involucra elementos del cine Tamil Como su protagonista pasa desde una historia de amor adolescente hasta un Drama político con todo y los respectivos números musicales que son característicos del cine hindu
La historia de Kundan que es hindú y de Zoya que es árabe. Atraviesa. Capítulos de Romeo y Julieta y los. Sigue por anios y anios a través de Los Altos y mayoría de los bajos que tiene su relación est condenada desde el principio por su diferente, finalmente cuando ella regresa el pueblo y niega conocerlo la historia toma un giro bastante tráfico, Que desafortunadamente hace la segunda mitad de la película bastante pesadita.
Uno de los elementos más interesante de esta historia es conocer la cultura e idiosincrasia de un país que están Tan lejano del nuestro
August 8, 2013
After hearing lots of bad reviews and low expectation from the director (whose last film was not that good) i watched the movie yesterday. To my surprise I liked the movie a lot. The 1st half was fantastic and the 2nd half was good (not pathetic as per reviews I have read) again last 10 mins was excellent. Infact the movies depicts one of the best death scene in bollywood ever.