Raanjhanaa: Film Review

We have grown up listening to the immortal love stories of Romeo-Juliet, Laila-Majnu, Shirin-Farhad and Heer-Ranjha. The similarity between all these tales is the incompleteness of the love story yet its completion of love. Similar is the love saga of Kundan and Zoya.

Kundan, a Tamil-Brahmin lad, who from a very tender age falls for Zoya, a Muslim girl, goes after her love till the very end. Kundan is the Ranjha of this love story. Zoya, who starts falling for Kundan, is sent to her aunt’s place as soon as her family realizes her feelings for a Hindu boy. After 8 long years when she gets back to her hometown she is a new Zoya altogether! But Kundan is the same old lad waiting for his childhood love. Zoya has moved on and has fallen for a student political leader, Jasjit Singh, played by Abhay Deol. When Kundan hears of this, what follows is his chase for love, revenge, bloodshed and gory politics.

Anand L. Rai has done a splendid job with the direction of the film. The city of Banaras (Varanasi) has been explored very well. Along with Banaras, the film has also been shot in Punjab and Delhi. The film is a maverick love story. However, the plot has quite a few unnecessary twists.

Sonam Kapoor matures from a small town school-girl to an independent adult woman but falters to an extent with her acting skills.Abhay Deol‘s character, though pivotal, doesn’t have the charm of a political leader. Dhanush has done an exceptional job as Kundan and retains his boyish charm throughout the film. Swara Bhaskar’s character as Bindiya is under-developed and could have been avoided. The role of Murari, Kundan’s best friend, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, earlier seen in the films like “No One Killed Jessica”, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Jannat 2, remains a character of essence throughout the film. The film retains a Banarasi flavor not only because of its settings but also because of the dialogues, the dialect and the music. A.R. Rahman‘s music is appeasing, has a Banarasi adeptness to it and will touch the viewers’ hearts.

At some point the love story gets entangled in politics, goes astray but soon gets the audience hooked. The first-half of the film is complete entertainment, fun and romance while the second-half is cluttered with intense politics and rivalry. The story seems to be dragged in the second-half and the climax is likely to confuse the audience. Yet, the film has its moments of applause, whistles and claps.

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10 Comments

  1. sudhir kumar tehria

    June 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    up to intervel ,it is love purely love story. before viewing the movie it was a doubt in mind that a soutd indian actor ,not having a good looking face and sound body will justify the role of banarasi boy or not .but he proved that he is very good actor

    • Lam Jamun

      July 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Dhanush was awesome, but the movie was/is a disaster, director is directionless, no continuity in the plot…. i lost my money i lost my time……..huh

  2. kapil

    June 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    bahut achi movie ha ji , jaldi hi ya movie oskar ka lia chuni jaygi, many ab tak do bar dakh li ha ji

    • affy shaikh

      July 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      kya baat karte ho kapil ji

  3. vipul

    June 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    the movie is awesome..its not your run of the mill love story.. Read its wackiest review on vjmoviews.com

  4. neelima

    June 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    what exactly happens to kundan in the end? am toooo confused..Is he..does he..????

  5. Anjali

    July 1, 2013 at 1:14 am

    awwwsome movie after a long time… better than aashiqui2 and yeh jawaani hai deewani , dhanush is greattt loved him… ending is great but wanted to know what happen to kundan

  6. Appu

    July 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    The film is GOOD can be seen once. Zoya is portriad in dual charcter means!!!!!!!!!…. She is Heroin as well as Villen in this movie. All actors gave there life to their charcter’s.

  7. Lam Jamun

    July 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Oh ! I think my fellow Indian movie lovers have been affected by certain disease, which had created a blockage to the thought process in their mind. I really feel sad and pity the intellect of those people who have rated it AWESOME. Seems their sensibility is absolutely paralyzed in writing the review of this movie, which further is misleading people. This movie is undisputedly awful, there is loss of connection in the plot. Chacha choudary comic book is far far a better source of entertainment. I feel bad for Dhanush, just because of a very very poor qaulity of direction, his launch in bollywood may not attract good directors and producers, Sonam Kapoor a promising talent may ruin her carrier if she kept on doing films of this standard. Net net Ranjhaana is a waste of time, waste of money.

  8. affy shaikh

    July 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    zoya naam ki ladkiya aise he hoti hai…pehle ishakzadde mein fer ek tha tiger mein aur abh heights hogae Raanjhanaa mein do do ko upar pohcha di…… 😉

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