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(Statesman review) Movie montage: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Discussion in 'Movie Reviews - Media' started by Bridget, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Movie montage: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak,
    Written and Directed by: Aditya Chopra,
    Produced by: Yash Chopra,
    Music Director: Salim Sulaiman,
    Choreographer: Shiamak Dawar,
    Lyricist: Jaydeep Sahni

    Enjoyable and entertaining

    After a long period of 13 years, Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan have once again renewed their “jodi” on the big screen. Their last film together was ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ which was a huge success at the box office. ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’, Aditya’s third directorial venture, tells a new story about love and uplifts new dimensions of Romance. If we compare DDLJ and Rab Ne Bana DI Jodi, we will find that they are just the opposites. In DDLJ, Raj and Kiran (Shah Rukh and Kajol) were in love but the audience had to wonder whether they would get a chance to spend their lives together.
    In case of this new release, the audience will wonder whether the married couple Surinder and Taani will ever love each other or continue to live their lives in solitary.
    Both Surinder and Taani were residents of Amritsar, Surinder i.e. Suri (in short) worked for Punjab-Power. He had deep love for his wife Taani but soon realized that she was not comfortable with him. The fact is revealed to Surinder, helping him to realise that Taani was more interested is watching such films which included scenes where the hero saves the heroine from a gang of villains and he knocks them down by using the heroine as his only weapon. Just imagine! Just for the sake of his love, SRK then starts playing the counterpart of his character. Suri then changes to Raj. His entire get-up takes a huge leap. From the white snooker, hair parted to the right side, thick, brown-rimmed specs and jet black moustache; he switches to spiked hair, tight-fitting T-shirts, torn jeans and to add to all these, matching sunglasses.
    Suri was Taani’s father’s favourite student. When Taani’s fiance dies in a road accident along with the rest of the ‘baraati’ on their wedding day, her father suffers a heart attack. Under such circumstances, Suri accepts her as his wife and in one way helps her to lead a normal life like other housewives, Suri admits his love for Taani by saying “Usse dekhte hi mujhe love ho gaya tha”. Then enters Raj, as Taani’s dance partner in a competition. This character played by SRK will be remembered for two famous dialogues: “Naam toh suna hoga” and “Hum hain raahi pyaar ke, phir milenge, chalte chalte”!
    Suri was under quite a lot of pressure. He had to be himself in the morning, Raj all through the day and again Suri at night. Apart from the ‘Badshah’ and debutant Anushka, the film also has Vinay Pathak (Bobby), who not only helps Suri to transform his entire physical appearance but also boosts his morale. To make things better, the film has been adorned by the presence of “Vahe guru” and the views of Amritsar which add a different facet to the film.
    But suddenly Aditya loses the plot. How can it be that a person’s wife fails to recognize her husband just because he has shaved off his moustache, changed his hairstyle along with his dress code? Though Raj adds few tints of comedy, but still I think Suri would have won Taani’s heart on his own. There was no need for Raj, actually. Moreover the simple, innocent look of Suri proved to be the life of the film. The climax however is successful in bringing the smiles back on the faces of the audience. Suri finally reveals to Taani that Raj is none other than he himself by dancing the same steps which Raj had learnt from her. Finally Taani accepts the simple, innocent and above all, the loving Suri.
    The film is total entertainment for almost three hours. The tracks are good and the Salim-Sulaiman magic has also worked well. Newcomer Anushka has also put in her best efforts which is quite noticeable in her acting. “Phir milenge chalte chalte” picturised on the five beautiful guests also adds up a few points. The film is worth watching once but then some SRK fans may want to view this more than once.
    Debojyoti Guha, Coordinator, Class IX,
    Calcutta Boys’ School

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