Every time love happened in Bollywood, the clichéd prince charming and his charismatic beloved came to rescue. Raanjhanaa goes the other way to blow in fresh air in the season of run-of-the-mill love stories raining in Bollywood. The jilted lovers of every locality have been the best evening tea snack for Indian aunties. Dhanush for a change makes you empathise without being judgemental. The petite stubble look hero with a lanky frame nails it with his unmistakable charm. He affirms that acting is not about the six pack abs, the perfect body but the emotions you spell on your viewers.
Dhanush outshines though, but giving the other actors a pass is unfair. The lady lead along with the supporting cast is equally instrumental. Sonam Kapoor has always been the eye candy, brought on screen for the charm to sell. The perfect frame, long legs and the designer apparels have outperformed her acting skills anytime. Raanjhanaa reintroduces the girl to the audience. She hits the bull’s eyes while convincingly carrying off the Banaras Muslim girl to a conservative family, who flies high in to love, politics and vengeance. Abhay Deol the dimpled charmer has perfectly pulled off his cameo.
Zoya (Sonam AKhtar) defines love for the smitten lover boy Kundan (Dhanush). The teenage love flourishing in so-Indian atmospherics could be fantastical, but you can’t stop believing they are just one of you. The first half keeps you hooked with the charm of the heart rending music tracks and the sweet yet intense portrayal of bubbling emotions. The colours, exuberance, vibrance and feel of the scenes just sweep you off your feet.
The second half slightly lets you down if you return with mushy expectations. What keeps you through the second half are the spins thrown at you. The love story suddenly turns a political rush which might force you reconsider the next show for a comprehensible digest. Though the story often tries to derail from its track, what keeps it moving are the flawless performances by the lead as well as the supporting cast members. No wonder, the one liners are the icing on the cake.
Teenage love in India equals a mortal sin. Going by the belief, Zoya’s father learning about her daughter’s feelings for Kundan ships her off to Aligarh to stop her going astray. With life, her tastes roll with punches. Love struck neighbor boy turns the unmatchable ‘Gali k Launde’ who deserved not much than being a shoulder to cry to the distressed damsel.
What makes Raanjhanaa not just another love story are the flawless performances. The music is intrigued into perfection. AR Rahman as always has aptly tailored each track to the flow. The opening number ‘Tum Tak’ almost lets you envision the entire story. The actors command you to defend their histrionics.
The cinematography is a treat to the eyes. The colours, the Camera angles are flawless. Raanjhanaa walks the less taken path and that has made all the difference. It stands out for an interpretation Bollywood has hardly offered. After ‘Kolaveri di’, Dhanush has another point added to his kitty to go viral.
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