Woh Con Tha?
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Cast & Crew: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Dipannita Sharma Atwal, Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Sharma
Synopsis: Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl is a fun filled “ROM CON“ in which a charming conman and womaniser, Ricky Bahl, cons girls for his livelihood until he finally meets his match.
Review: When you set a benchmark the first time. The second time can get way tougher. And if I may say so, the slick promotional stints of Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl had raised the expectations sky high. Maneesh Sharma returns with the successful duo of Band Baaja Baarat with his latest offering in the form of Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl. Band Baaja Baarat released with minimal expectations and turned out to be an overnight success setting the bar a trifle high for Ranveer Singh. He does a decent job as the “perfect conman” with his disguises and nomenclatures but the lazy script takes away all the hardwork put in by every individual in this film. Ranveer Singh aka Ricky Bahl is suave and charming and fits in perfectly into the role.
Anushka Sharma was quite a disappointment, one because she seemed quite wasted in the film or perhaps she was forced to share screen space with many others actors with almost equal potential. Her highlight was only her shapely body probably in an attempt to achieve the size-zero trend in Bollywood, and of course her attire. Such was her disposition throughout the film that the disparity came off crystal clear. She looked strangely anorexic and it felt like she secretly fancied resembling Santa Claus. She plays an over-friendly and convincing saleswoman but is not able to give her 100% to the role when even a novice could judge the scope there was for her in the otherwise negligible and repetitive story.
There was nothing oh-so-amazing about the choreography in the almost forgettable songs which will only do rounds at the various pubs and discotheques unlike Band Baaja Baarat, the best part being, the comparison is inevitable. There were too many promises.
The ladies however were all a surprise package, from newcomer Parineeti Chopra who plays a loud college going girl to Dipannita Sharma Atwal who plays a no-nonsense corporate executive to the very gullible Aditi Sharma who proved her mettle as Rajjo in Pankaj Kapur’s Mausam. While Parineeti Chopra takes the cake as the Delhi girl, the others are not as far behind, for a short while it did seem that Dipannita Sharma Atwal led the brigade while the others (including Anushka) followed as her minions. The only drawback being, Parineeti being typecast as a loud and crass girl from Delhi which may give a different air about most of the cosmopolitan public residing in the Capital. However, I stand by Ranveer to have delivered the best he could in this film, despite the fact that it was so clichéd. Hence he gets an extra half-star rating in the total. We expected more out of Maneesh Sharma and his team. Hope to be genuinely surprised with their next.
So don’t walk in expecting an out and out entertainer. The film has its moments, but does nothing to really entertain you. After the invigorating innovation meted out in “ Band Bajaa Baraat” , this film clearly falls apart with its in your face predictability.
Verdict: Watchable yet avoidable.