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dimanche 19 avril 2009

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi : my (late) review

Post Mohabbatein, Aditya Chopra decides to direct a new movie to revive the Yash Raj banner. And tada! he ropes in SRK.

First, i must say that I'm in France, with almost no chance of watching a Bollywood on a cinema screen. I just look for the DVDs or find other means... The response to this movie was just OK, so i thought i'd wait for the DVD to better appreciate it. Anyway, i'd never miss an SRK movie. However, the fact that I could wait a few months before watching it is a bad sign. I might have lost patience in Yash Raj.

Here's what I liked about RNBDJ.

  • Grand acting by SRK. I got attached to Suri's light sense of humour. The aam, maamooli aadmi was well depicted. Raj's mannerisms too worked.

  • Anoushka Sharma is a promising talent. I got used to this new face quite fast.

  • Amritsar...well yet another movie set in Punjab, but I've got used to it now.

  • Haule Haule's single takes are mind blowing.

  • Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte's cameos and settings + the song itself (Sonu Nigam, music and lyrics)

However, on the overall, I'm very disappointed. RNBDJ has a ridiculous storyline. Aditya Chopra had the initial concept and knew how it would end...but the path taken to reach to the final dance is boring and predictable.

No, really? You can't see it's the same person? But OK, let's forget that ‘minute’ detail.

How about the time when she disappears from the cinema theatre to meet Raj. She has no explanation to Suri for that?

And what!!??? She asks for help from Rab, opens her eyes and it's Suri...that's it !?? How backward is that?How... euh... filmi is that? If Yuvvraaj was an '80s drama, this one is no different.

And please this ain't a role for Vinay Pathak. I like the chubby one :)

In general, we have bad songs apart from the 2 mentionned above. I hate 'Dance Pe Chance'. Salim-Sulaiman's background music is just too loud and dull. And please, i hate that trademark Yash Raj music, especially the WOOOOO sound fx found in all Yash Raj films since 'Neal N Nikki' (I think.)

RNBDJ isn’t meant for me. Rating: 2/5

And now ONLY am in a position to announce what pleased me in 2008 in B-town: *Rock On!!, Jodhaa Akbar, Aamir, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye.

My utmost deceptions came from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Ghajini, Yuvvraaj. Drona

That said, I didn't watch Fashion, A Wednesday and Mumbai Meri Jaan.

Let's hope 2009 is a better year for Indian cinema. So far we've had two gems: Luck By Chance and Dev.D. Let's see what else is in stall.

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