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December 10, 2010

Dilli dilwalon ki

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 11:57 pm

December 10, 2010

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Neeraj Sood, Manish Chaudhari

Director: Maneesh Sharma

Band Baaja Baaraat is a rather unlikely offering from Yash Raj Films, a studio that has seldom deviated from its tradition of making extravagant movies featuring larger-than-life stars.

This charming entertainer directed by Maneesh Sharma is set in middle-class Delhi and tells a story of two ordinary characters. Newcomer Ranveer Singh stars as Bittoo Sharma, a Delhi University graduate who’ll do anything to avoid returning to his village Saharanpur, where a life of sugarcane farming awaits him. He offers to become partners with his friend Shruti Kakkar, a Janakpuri resident played by Anushka Sharma, who wants to set up a wedding planning business.

Band Baaja Baaraat benefits enormously from its two core strengths – sharp writing, and shooting on location. Both, in fact, give the film and its characters a real, believable feel. Bittoo’s strong accent, the way he says ‘binness‘ instead of business, the pair’s aspirations to graduate to planning fancy Sainik Farms weddings, and the clever dialogue by Habib Faisal are the kind of little touches that make all the difference in this film.

The first half is immensely enjoyable as Bittoo and Shruti establish their company and their reputation by working hard to organize the best weddings they can. The conflict arises around intermission, when we learn that Shruti herself may have broken that one key rule that she laid down for them before they started out – “Jisse vyapaar karo, usse kabhi na pyaar karo” (meaning: don’t fall in love with the person you’re doing business with). The second half of the film, unfortunately, loses steam early on. The pair bickers continuously, and logic goes out of the window, only for things to fall comfortably back into place in the last 15 minutes or so.

Yet for the most part, Band Baaja Baaraat works because it’s invested with an earnestness that’s become increasingly rare to find at the movies. It’s refreshing to see mostly unknown faces playing smaller parts like Bittoo and Shruti’s flower supplier, caterer, and their own families. In fact, the supporting cast does a competent job of never turning these characters into caricatures.

But at the heart of this film are its delightful leads. The ambitious but straightforward Shruti Kakkar, played with a zeal we haven’t seen before in Anushka Sharma’s previous roles. And Ranveer Singh as the unpolished but lovable Bittoo Sharma, who steals the film with a confident, uninhibited performance that is the best thing about this film. Both actors share a comfortable chemistry that make this film an easy watch.

I’m going with three out of five for director Maneesh Sharma’s Band Baaja Baaraat. It’s a romantic comedy done correctly. Fun, but with warmth at its heart. Don’t miss it.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

20 Comments »

  1. Good movie after a while…Anushka is absolutely rocking and so is the guy. You have forgotten to talk about the music which is also kickass! For a debut director, this is a good start for sure !

    Comment by Ranjan — December 11, 2010 @ 12:05 am

  2. ok! so out of so many good and acclaimed films like Guzaarish,Masand chooses yet another YRF flick with the same old shaadi baraat crap…masand,u r going down the hill as a critic.disappointment!

    Comment by hemant — December 11, 2010 @ 12:41 am

  3. Yup its a fresh movie.Actor is awsm in the movie.

    Comment by Anant Raj Singh — December 11, 2010 @ 1:01 am

  4. The new guy(ranveer) is so good in the film..mind-blowing.. A sure shot future superstar.. He acts really well and danced really well as well..
    Direction was good but the 2nd half should have been edited a bit..
    Ainvayi and tarkeebain were the beat tracks in the film..Anushka acted really well and she was damn good in emotional scenes..
    @ Rajeev: don’t u think u are too skeptical about bollywood movies

    Comment by Mansoor hafeez — December 11, 2010 @ 2:03 am

  5. absolutely outstanding performance by the newcomer ranveer singh, he is phenomenal for a first timer and will go places for sure! anushka is growing with every film. the chemistry between both is striking and they light up the screen with their commendable personifications. directors work is remarkable and he has extracted the best in every avenue. yes the music deserves a special kudos too, as does every aspect of this film. great product! a festive treat for the audience.

    Comment by kaustabh — December 11, 2010 @ 2:04 am

  6. i loved it… speciallly ranveer… its his first film and superb….:) and anushka was surprise … brilliantly she showed all the emotions and great actor… great going…

    Comment by parag — December 11, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  7. This review shows u r unbiased. You criticized the last film of YRF heavily.. anjana anjani… but u hv rated this film very well…. thanks for ur honesty. We need more like u 🙂

    Comment by Om — December 11, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

  8. Awesome movie !!!!!

    Comment by Sumeet — December 12, 2010 @ 10:15 am

  9. Rajeev was right. Good movie.Better than movie with big star cast and boring story.

    Comment by pramod — December 13, 2010 @ 10:11 am

  10. I think i am going to watch this one.

    Comment by kavita — December 13, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

  11. @ Om

    “You criticized the last film of YRF heavily.. anjana anjani”

    lol! this just shows all ur ignorance and really the perception of a yrf movie in common man’s mind – a crap like anjaana anjaani.

    Comment by hemant — December 14, 2010 @ 12:51 am

  12. Ranveer will go a long way………

    Hindi Cinema has got a fine actress, Anushka, not just a glamor doll like most of our actress.

    Comment by Dimna — December 15, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

  13. i agree with u fully, second half drags. tension between lovers is not so poignant. Nice dilli movie. agree wth ur 3 star.anushka is amazingly good.she has been so in badmaash company too, her 1st movie wth shahrukh was big let down. she really brings in life in every scene. i would put her in better league tha kareena and deepika easily..off course sonam and doll kaif

    Comment by mallik — December 16, 2010 @ 5:08 am

  14. She studied in Army School and graduated with specialization in arts from Mount Carmel College Bangalore. Film critic said Anushka looks the character and surprises you with a confident performance. It s no small achievement to share screen space with an actor of the caliber of SRK and Anushka manages it very well from start to end.

    Comment by Monex — December 16, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  15. Thanx for making ma decision simpler. I waz confused btwn tron n BBB…..but u saved me from nether disaster movie…Carry on d gr8 work…:)

    Comment by Rohit — December 18, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  16. Too much blabber. Not that blabber is bad (Kareena did it so finely in Jab We Met). But Ranveer is just too crass and irritating with the talk and the accent. Overboard. The film works only in parts for me. Jab We Met had a sensible soft side along with the chatter, but when BOTH your leads are bickering away to neverland, something’s clearly wrong with the set up. Where’s the love? 1st half suffers with too much rubbish, 2nd half is drab.

    Comment by Vikas Rawat — December 18, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

  17. loved the movie.. and as pointed out by you, first half of the movie was an absolute delight… second hald did drag a bit but the climax was superb… fresh take after a long while

    Comment by Avishek — January 1, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

  18. @Hemant You would do well yourself to not show ignorance on public platforms and learn some basic English sentences before attempting to comment on others opinions. And if at all you want to show your folly, then by all means do so, but try to get brains to understand comments before reacting on them. I was talking abt Rajeev’s review and rating of Anjana Anjani…. The comment was abt his honesty and spoke nothing abt my own perception of the movie. I am not the critic, he is. And to understand that you need a brain. Whoever said brains r common in common people like u ? As is apparent, they are not. Lol.

    Comment by Om — January 2, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

  19. Good and nice movie ,
    But rajive, don’t mind about critics , you are just rocking , just go with this, your review was absolutly awesome. Just rock your own way

    Comment by Pari — January 16, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  20. good movie

    Comment by sanket shah — January 23, 2011 @ 5:19 am

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