Sunday, December 14, 2008
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi:
A strict warning right from the beginning to all the readers: This is not a superhero flick.
If you want to see something different than go watch actors wearing black masks and flying in the air or better watch a futuristic movie (2050) with no story and no future. And last but not the least, SRK plays an ordinary guy in the movie.
Those guys who think SRK is not versatile and plays the same lover boy roles than friends please watch SRK’s portrayal of Surinder Sahni and you will be dumbfounded.
On the whole, the story is ordinary but the presentation of the story is excellent and the performances; OH MY GOD!! They are just brilliant. To begin with, the story begins on a somewhat clichéd path as the girl is forced to marry a boring man because of the same old traditional Majburi (majburi plays an important part in Yash Raj movies my friends).
Surinder Sahni is SRK’s best role till date and the way he has etched out this ordinary guy is really commendable. Sahni ji is a guy whom we have seen many times in our lives. He is caught in a conflict of sorts as he has to win Tani ji’s heart and achieve her love. So what does SRK do? Does he change himself for her or a new guy wins her heart and takes her away from the boring Sahniji or does Sahniji manage to win her heart in spite of his boring yet sweet lovable nature?
Let the suspense remain…
Performances and Direction:
What should I say about SRK that hasn’t been said before? We all know he is the ultimate King of bollywood and the ease with which he moves from one character to the other is really marvelous. He surely will be the No.1 contender for this year’s best actor award. His portrayal of Surinder Sahni will remind us of the main character in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films. This is a brave venture on his part to play a character so different from Raj and Rahul.
For a debutant, Anushka Sharma is a promising actor who carries of her role with confidence. After all, acting opposite the King Khan and acting in a Yash Raj movie is not an easy job and she should be applauded for her brilliant acting.
Apart from Surinder, Vinay Pathak’s Bobby is a surprise package. Vinay is on a roll these days with so many films under his belt and a perfect role in a Yash Raj movie adds another feather to his cap.
Adi Chopra has presented a simple story in a beautiful canvas. His command over story telling is evident throughout the film. Good direction, but the length of the film could have been trimmed a bit. On the whole he has done a brilliant job, just hope we don’t have to wait another 8 years for his next film.
The music is melodious and the song Haule Haule has repeat value. A special compliment to Salim-Sulaiman who have composed such beautiful soothing music.
Over all Rab Ne… is a complete package full of all the emotions and I am sure the audiences will walk away with a smile upon their face on watching this film. Go for this movie just to experience the acting prowess of SRK. He has opened the doors for the common man yet again in mainstream bollywood.
Finally, I would end on a dialogue which is mentioned in the film.
“Hum hain rahi pyar ke Phir milenge Haste Haste…”
Final verdict: Go for it, it’s worth watching…
By Archer Akshay
My Rating: ****
Some Trivia for the readers:
1.For those who feel Yash-SRK collaboration churns out the same type of movies here’s a quick past record of the duo:
Darr( A film about a grey character’s obsession with a girl)
DDLJ( A story of love without no boundaries)
Dil Toh Pagal Hai( A story set amidst dance and drama)
Mohabattein( A story of how a man takes revenge with a person who had ended his love)
Veer Zara( A story of a person who is jailed for many years for his true love)
Chak De India( A story of a hockey coach’s passion to win some lost pride and glory)
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi( A love story between an ordinary couple)
2.This is Aditya Chopra’s third film as a director.
3. Earlier Soham Kapoor was considered for Anushka’s role.
4. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi will not be releasing in Pakistan.
5. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was released without much promotion and fanfare.