Film: ANJAANA ANJAANI
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Blush (it’s the car!)
Director: Siddharth Raj Anand
Yes we have had a drought of good Indian cinema for the whole week. ANJAANA ANJAANI was to release last week but didn’t. So… are you really thirsty to watch a good film? My opinion- watch it if you really want to. ANJAANA ANJAANI isn’t a must watch- but it ain’t that bad either.
So what exactly is the film about?
ANJAANA ANJAANI is the story of Kiara (Priyanka Chopra), based in San Francisco, while Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) is a New York City boy. Akash has had a failed business, while Kiara has had a failed relationship. Fed up, they both decide to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. However, both land up on the same bridge at the same time. One thing leads to another and Akash and Kiara decide to end their lives on 31st December. With 20 days to go, they decide to fulfill their unfinished wishes and thus begins their journey.
Both Ranbir and Priyanka have given fantastic performances. Ranbir is definitely making sure his mark in Bollywood is set as that of a versatile actor. This year alone he has delivered a multitude of performances- from his serious look in RAJNEETI to his chocolate boy look in ANJAANA ANJAANI.
This film definitely showcases Siddarth Anand’s caliber as a director. He has a fine sense of story telling and he presents the characters of Kiara, Akash as well Blush with panache. Hats off for giving the car a character of its own- it definitely adds to the story. Blush acts as a foil to the story.
ANJAANA ANJAANI definitely isn’t like the rest of the rom-coms that Bollywood has given us so far. The film stalls in the first one hour. It isn’t until the second half that it can even warrant your attention. But, the final 20 minutes are pen ultimate. Yes, towards the end it does get predictable.
Kudos to story writer Mamta Anand. The screen play (Advaita Kala and Siddarth Anand) is captivating during the road trip.
Although the film is lacking in substance for most of the duration, the style and look is very bewitching. Manish Malhotra has done a fantastic job in designing Priyanka’s look. Even Ranbir’s styling (Mamta Anand) has been done tastefully. Nothing about the locations or the narrative is over the top or unbelievable.
The DoP- Ravi K Chandran, most definitely needs a special mention. The film looks fantastic. He has managed to make every frame look exotic as well alluring, When it comes to the music- I’m quite sure it’s going to be quite the rage. It is mainly the music (Vishal-Shekahar) that helps the movie move forward, Even the background score (Salim- Sulaiman) helps check the pace of the film.
What definitely works for the film (it’s not the pace for sure) is the dialogues and the story. Also, when you have a film with two super stars, the expectations are bound to be high. But both Ranbir and Priyanka have given natural performances. So much so, that in more than one frame the audience will find it very easy to relate to the characters.
The cameo by Zayed Khan is okay. Tanvi Azmi has delivered a poignant performance.
Our Verdict: Definitely for the masses who love romance.
Riddhi Mehta is editor of http://www.bollywoodchaska.com/content/anjaana_anjaani_movie_review-789/. She has over 3 years writing experience for bollywood movies. She says whatever she feels. She is not worried how bollywood will react to her views.