Warning: This review is extremely long. I watched the movie twice yesterday.. back to back I feel that Shahrukh deserved that much from me. once I started writing, I just couldn't stop.. so please be patient.. Haule Haule the review will be finished Also.. SPOILERS ahead! I wanted to thank ru partner and chris partner for all their support during the excrutiating wait! OK... here goes! Rab ne is not about big agendas or important slogans; it’s about the simple things in life that we sometimes forget to appreciate or to give any thought to. That’s why the setting is in Amritsar instead of New York or Bombay. That’s why Shahrukh “dares” to play the common and ordinary person, who we are all in real life but are dying to escape from. This movie is a simple attempt to show that behind the ordinariness, simplicity and almost geekiness of a person, lies a golden heart. The movie begins with Suri and Taani, a newly married couple and their awkward transition into wedded “bliss”. Even though Suri loves Taani, she is frank from the beginning and tells him that she might never love anyone again. Suri then tries to win her heart by converting to his altar-ego Raj. What happens after this, forms the basic premise of the film. There are several simple moments in the movie which succeed in not being riotously funny or over-emotional. They have been picturized in an extremely realistic way so as to bring credibility to the film. It indicates how we are in real life, because how often do we say something incredibly hilarious or become totally over-emotional? These are the moments that deserve praise due to the performances and direction. Spoiler For instance, there is a scene in the beginning where Suri leaves his telephone number for Taani in a note under the ketchup bottle and then decides to put the rose next to it, but then changes his mind. The post-production details are flawless in this scene, Haule-Haule plays in the background as we see Suri’s shy smile come out when he sets the rose down next to the note, but then abruptly stops when he puts the rose back in the vase. This scene had so much love in it that you can’t help but go “awwww”. Spoiler Another scene similar to this was the one in the changing room, where Raj asks Taani about what a woman really wants. After she tells him that a girl just wants to be loved like never before, Raj rests his head on the wall and is almost pleads with her to see how much Suri really loves her. There is true emotion in that scene, and Shahrukh is perfect. His pain and heartache is clearly visible in his eyes and body language. Spoiler My favorite scene in the movie is right before Dancing Jodi comes on, when Taani tells Raj that she can’t run away with him because she loves Suri. During this scene, we see Shahrukh’s eyes tearing up, and we’re almost expecting a few emotional dialogues from him, but the perfection in the scene lies in the fact that he doesn’t say ANYTHING! She leaves, and then we see Shahrukh crying, but what makes the scene perfection is the ordinary way in which he wipes his tears. He just uses his sleeves, instead of a grand gesture of letting the tears flow or flicking them with his hands. This brings out the simplicity of the film. The songs in the movie are fantastic. Haule Haule has been shot in 3 shots, which is extremely difficult to do, once you see the song in its entirety, and you have to give the team credit for being so innovative. Dance pe Chance is foot-tapping number that makes you want to dance in the aisles of the theatre when you are watching the movie! Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte has been shot excellently, with the special appearances being thrown in for good measure, and Shahrukh’s mimicry of the “gods of hindi cinema” being done brilliantly. My favorite is Tujh mein rab dikhta hai, because of the picturization in three different houses of worship. It showcases the secularism in India, which is appropriate, especially during the current situation. Performance-wise, Shahrukh is excellent. He gives an extremely restrained performance as Suri, which probably was not that difficult for him to enact, given that’s how he is real life. There are subtle touches in the film like him calling his friend Bobby “yaara” which is a tribute to Shahrukh’s father, because that’s how he would address him. You can’t help but love Suri, because of the respect and space that he gives Taani, his unfailing charm in the honeymoon scenes in Japan or even the fact that behind the nerdy glasses, there’s a heart of gold. Raj on the other hand succeeds at being silly and lovable all at the same time. The scene where he and Taani are dancing right before the announcement of the competition is incredibly funny. His constant refrain of “Hadippa” can’t help but bring a smile to one’s face. Anushka does extremely well as a newcomer. She comes across as confident in her own skin, and her expressions are fresh and vibrant. She keeps up with Shahrukh in the emotional scenes, which is very difficult to do, given Shahrukh’s polish to his craft. She comes across as being very simple and is sure to go far in the industry. Vinay Pathak as Shahrukh’s trusty sidekick in the movie plays his part successfully. He is a natural actor, and his energy and emotions go hand in hand with Shahrukh’s. Aditya Chopra has successfully managed to bring out one of Shahrukh’s best performances. His growth as a writer has been tremendous, and his direction is even better, which I feel says something. He extracts fabulous performances from all his characters, and his style is present in every frame! Shahrukh and Adi are great storytellers, and Rab ne is sure to go down in history for that! All in all, Rab ne is a great entertainer that is sure to make you go home and tell your significant other how much you love them and appreciate them for who they are. At the end of the end of the day, it’s these little and simple things that make our life worth living!