What was Ashutosh Gowariker thinking when he made a movie that breaks for intermission after 2 hours? Not that it’s not watchable. But since all that the movie does is get an NRI to meet a girl from each zodiac sign at a laborious pace, you begin to get a bit testy. Yes, What’s Your Rashee? is one long film, and no, it’s not time well spent.
Yogesh Patel (Baweja) is a dutiful son who decides to bail his family out of a Rs. 4-crore debt by marrying according to what the stars foretell. His maternal grandfather has also decided to transfer his vast property to his beloved grandson when he ties the knot. Hence starts the search for a bride that will not only change the fortunes of the Patel household but also win Yogesh’s heart. And before you know it Priyanka Chopra descends on the screen in her 12 avatars- from a shy school girl to an über-chic wannabe fashion model.
What’s Your Rashee? is no different from another B-grade Bollywood movies and the promos have already sounded the warning. Priyanka’s characters seem like clones with a different hairdo and accent each time. It’s also weird that everytime a girl is introduced there’s a song and dance. The upbeat supporting cast and careful attempts at comedy don’t do much to salvage the film. And by the time you’ve crossed 3 hours, it doesn’t matter who Yogesh marries or what her rashee is really.
The movie doesn’t bring out the best in Priyanka Chopra, mainly because none of her 12 roles demand much. Uncannily, it works for Harman, just don’t ask how.
The film is not something to recommend but you could watch Jodhaa Akbar or Swades and reminisce Gowariker’s glory days.