After the buzz surrounding Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani, one enters the movie hall hoping to be entertained by something hatke, and that is exactly what you get. The moment the movie begins, in a quaint little town with a 70’s feel, one knows its going to be an enjoyable ride.
The ‘ajab’ protagonist Prem (Ranbir Kapoor) is a lazy bloke who has no real aspirations in life and has an affinity for trouble. He is uneducated but calls himself President of the ‘Happy Club’. Other than that he wastes time, stages kidnappings in the name of love, and cons people to earn money, along with his bunch of sidekicks. He meets Jenny (Katrina Kaif) during a couple of his pursuits and immediately falls for her. Jenny is an adopted Christian girl, with a good heart and morals in place. Her negative impression of Prem changes when she realises his good intentions.
A shared unique characteristic of stammering when they’re upset provides a strong base for the development of an affectionate camaraderie. In his effort to impress Jenny, Prem sorts his life out and tries to change into the kind of man she would like to marry. When he finally gathers the courage to profess his love, he discovers that Jenny is in Goa, being forced to marry a Mr. Braganza.
As always, Prem lands up to save the day in his ‘ghazab’ fashion. He stages yet another kidnapping (of Jenny), even after learning she is in love with Rahul (Upen Patel), son of an MLA- the fact makes it complicated due to religious differences. All Prem desires is Jenny’s happiness and vows to get the pair together. What ensues is a string of amusing incidents, kidnappings involving dons and politicians and chaotic fights. When Prem finally saves the day his dream of making his parents proud of him is realised but the happiness is overshadowed by the fact that along with his victory comes the tremendous loss of his love.
The first half is absolutely hilarious. The comedy is slapstick, interjected with some ironic and witty humor, the combination of which has you in splits. It’s not just the dialogues, but they way it is enacted, keeping the circumstances and relationships in mind, complimented by comical body language that make it a complete laugh riot.
Even though some of the gags are old, Rajkumar Santoshi has shot them in a refreshing manner, making them new. Ranbir Kapoor has perfect comic timing, bang on with expressions and voice modulation and also has you sympathising with his character proving his acting prowess. Katrina Kaif is absolutely adorable in her new look with those eyes of hers melting your heart. They make a lovely pair and seem to have a professional understanding lending to the flow.
A surprise special appearance by a famous actor and a brilliant comic dance performance by Ranbir steal the show. The music sticks with the theme and has interesting composition courtesy music director Pritam. Superb direction and cinematography, appropriate sound effects and beautiful sets make it a well-rounded movie experience. It could have been cut a bit shorter but after the the non-stop rib-tickling one hardly minds.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra