Raanjhanaa is a film which is all of a piece in its engaging first half, and a good Bollywood launchpad for Dhanush. Makes me want to see what he will do in his second pass.
Dhanush, overeager and hyperactive, is appealing when called upon to do scenes of some seriousness and sobriety. But it’s Heer whom the film belongs to. Projecting vulnerability as well as steely resolve, Sonam Kapoor carries out her age graph sensitively and belts out her most mature performance yet. Just for her, go for it.
Raanjhanaa isn’t easy viewing. Kundan and Zoya aren’t easily likeable. They have flaws. They make mistakes. Blunders, really.
If you are among those that helped Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani rake in all those crores at the box office, you owe it to yourself (and to the cause of popular Hindi cinema that entertains with more than just song and dance and star power) to vote for Raanjhanaa with your feet.
In the first half, it is an interesting, intense, introspective love story, where you empathise with the characters. In the second half, the love story gets diluted to make way for gobbledygook political ideology that is an irritant.
Raanjhanaa has a fantastic first half. Watch it for Dhanush and Sonam's performances and some colourful one-liners and dialogues.
Painted on a novel idea of unrequited love, packing it with a kinetic first half, the film’s buoyancy transforms into brittle in its second half. With a few mercurial performances from its supporting cast mostly Abhay Deol, it is the clumsy and lackadaisical show in the second half that makes the film plain facile. Had the film maintained its force, it could easily have been more spirited. However a sluggish screenplay and lurching script makes Raanjhanaa a half baked effort and hence gets a 2.5/5 from me. It is exasperating to see how directors lack the perseverance to hold steady a film’s entertainment value till the end.
Raanjhanaa harks back to the way Bollywood used to make love stories once upon a time. With some imagination, the effect would have been nostalgic, too.
RAANJHANAA encompasses romance and myriad emotions most wonderfully, besides bravura performances and a popular musical score from the maestro. A film that touches the core of your heart. A film that's definitely worthy of a watch. Not to be missed!
But all said and done, if the climax of Raanjhanaa doesn’t sway your emotions you haven’t been in love. Grab a ticket, clutch the hand of your loved one and go fall in love. This time with great cinema.
RAANJHANAA is not a love triangle; it handles the emotions of four young lovers. And what draws you to it is the opening dialogue as Kundan goes into flashback. There's something in the simplicity in his voice and his diction. His parting dialogue too, is practical and full of love. It will tear you apart. ''Mood nahin hai,'' he says with that same love even though he has been 'stabbed in the back'. Listen to the entire sentiment. As you leave the theatre, you feel that 'Titanic' emotion.
Ranjhanaa is not perfect but it is heart-touching and very entertaining. And it is that unique thing – a love story that men will like more than women. Must watch!
Watch this at least once, for many reasons. Dhanush is the main one. I should say this again, what a superb actor.
Like the other romantic films, Raanjhanaa too follows the same funda of "Come Fall In Love". But, this one stands out and makes a unique impression like never before.
Just when you thought that Bollywood had (slowly, but steadily) matured in its take on love, director Aanad L Rai quashes our faith with a shockingly outdated love story. ...Take our tip. Skip this one.
Raanjhanaa is a far cry from the assembly-line love stories from Bollywood factory. It’s a story of naïve, resolute, unyielding love that stands the test of time. It’s a film made with a lot of heart and that’s where it hits the most. Definitely worth a watch.
Audience Reviews for Raanjhanaa
Filmmaker Anand L. Rai has ventured into filmmaking again, this time with 'Ranjhanaa', and believe me, it is no star drive.
Instead, it is a smooth, passionate love story which is- if not nuanced- layered and captivating. We have a tightly recycled plot involving a Hindu boy, a Muslim girl and a love story which blooms between them. The plot doesn't carry heaviness, something which is expected. But it is soulful, and how? while staying truthful to the context, Rai makes sure that you enjoy the characters and their doings, even if they carry much of 'sanak'. And this makes sure that the ideas of love, and eventually in the second half, letting go do get proffered and in a nice way to the audience.
But it raises the bar for template Bollywood romance because it is a great love story filled with warmth and ingenuity.
But it is Dhanush who makes sure 'Raanjhanaa' is one of the best Hindi films of the year, with a unique charm and expressive style of his performance as Kundan. He delivers genuine drive to the film, mocking himself, and falling in love eventually. Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub may be wasted, but Swara Bhaskar as the supporting character Bindiya Tripathi more than compensates.
You must watch 'Raaanjhanaa' since it is a charming, feel-good love story but with an appeal that is huge. I am going with 3.5 out of 5. It is a surely to be taken watch!
Watch It For Dhanush's Performance, Very Good 1st Half, Excellent Dialogues, Climax Speech By Dhanush , Zeeshan & Swara.The 2nd Half Is A Let down By Stupid & Lame Political Involvement & The Film Totally Loese It's Plot.You Might End Up Hating Sonam For Her Selfish Character.
MY REVIEW: Fall in Dangerous Love!!
Raanjhanaa. Love has the power to enlighten you so it has the power to destroy you and kill you. Raanjhanaa is a pure Indian love story of a small-town boy played by terrific Dhanush who needs to break through the class divide to gain acceptance from his childhood sweetheart played by Sonam Kapoor who is in love with big city ideal played by Abhay Deol. Abhay Deol in his cameo is lovable as always. Sonam Kapoor does better than her previous attempts in acting. But movie belongs to trio of Dhanush the actor, Anand Rai the director and A.R.Rahman the music director. Dhanush in his first Bollywood outing makes you smile, laugh, dance, cry and even puke. At the most surprising and devastating twist in the story, movie turns into one of the most poignant love story told in recent times. His performance is so full of impact because it is supported by deep thoughtful direction of Anand Rai and mesmerizing music of the great A.R.Rahman. Most of the songs play in background and make you feel the warmth and pain of being in love and irony of life for the people in love. But it is not fairy tale from start to finish, movie derails in his last half an hour by drifting from its main plot and turning into a political drama. But this can be easily forgiven as you would have given two thumbs up to this movie long before its climax. Watch it for love, watch it for Rahman, watch it for break out debut of Dhanush in Bollywood.
A smashing debut for Dhanush
This film belongs to Dhanush. Using his unconventional looks and quirky style to his best advantage, he carries his role of the hopelessly love-struck street Romeo with absolute and effortless charm. It was so refreshing to not see the cliched muscle-flexing, chocolate boy, stereotypical Bollywood hero who always manages to save the world and get the girl.
Sonam Kapoor has always picked meaty scripts for herself and this one's no exception. However, she will likely get more recognition for this performance than her previous work because of the film's success. She too fits her role perfectly and looks like a million bucks as always.
The story and direction were outstanding in the first half, but it got derailed after the interval. The mood changes, the genre changes, the characters change...it's a bit too much to swallow. But despite this disintegration, the storytelling is tight and it keeps you guessing. And even if you're not satisfied by the ending, you'll have spent your time watching a really good film. In the end, it is the performances that stay with you. The supporting roles are all remarkable, particularly Dhanush's two best friends.