Raanjhanaa is a romantic Hindi movie which is directed by Anand L. Rai & which has Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor & Abhay Deol in the lead roles.
The pundit’s son Kundan (Dhanush) has fallen for the girl at first sight. That they’re both kids makes us dismiss it as a meaningless crush. But a few years later, the boy is still in love with the girl, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor). When she’s in school, he follows her around holding her hand and getting slapped in the process. Finally, she relents because of his “consistency”. The film shifts cities when Zoya gets into JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University), and through her, we are introduced to the idealistic and political culture of the place. She discovers a long-lost strength as she confronts and then falls for student leader Akram (Abhay Deol). The film takes a turn when Zoya returns to her hometown after eight long years only to find some things changed, and others surprisingly the same. – IMDb
I had got a lot of positive reviews for this movie from various websites, newspapers & friends. Hence after a very long time I decided to watch a movie in a theatre. The theatre as expected wasn’t houseful. This might have something to do with the final match between India & England which was to be played this afternoon 😉 & which I started missing after the interval in the movie 😛
The first half is good. Dhanush as Kundan, an uncouth & madly in love with Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) is fun to watch. The dialogues are witty. The locations have an authentic U.P. feel to them.
But the movie starts to drag & loses many points after the interval. The political angle shown is very juvenile. It doesn’t fit into the whole story & seems like a much later thought off addition. The “dharam badal dunga” dialogue (will change my religion), 17 slaps, spitting on the mouth, 3 wrist cutting scenes left a bad taste in my mouth. The whole road romeo falling head over heels in love with a girl is a done to death concept in Hindi movies & this story is no different. The struggle between the head & heart which the hero faces could have been shown way better than what was. The music by A. R. Rehman was a major let down too. It is nothing special. But what hurt most was seeing a super actor like Abhay Deol being wasted. He had nothing to do in the movie. He does a bit of slogan shouting, gets sassy with a politician, romances Sonam & then dies.
Watch it at home when you have nothing better to do. A 1/5 from me.