Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Review

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Theatrical Poster
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Theatrical Poster

Directed by Aditya Chopra
Produced by Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra
Written by Aditya Chopra
Starring Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
Music by Salim-Sulaiman
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date(s) December 12, 2008

I’m a big fan of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge aka DDLJ, and Shahrukh Khan is my favorite actor, and the movie is directed by Aditya Chopra, so you can probably imagine how much I was looking forward to this movie. Expectations were high, but not skyhigh that it would make it unrealisticly unachievable. The movie marks the return of Aditya Chopra after a 8 year hiatus, and although I still haven’t seen Mohabbatein, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi aka RNBDJ was a must watch.

The movie had generated enough curiousity and publicity for the new look that Shahrukh Khan had in this movie, which I didn’t like much. Although it was what the movie required, but he looked really very thin in that plain look. The movie is about a love story of a common man, read the complete plot here (Spoiler Warning). The movie is set in very ordinary environment, unlike YRF movies which mostly has a foreign location with big houses and rich clothes. RNBDJ has pretty ordinary locations, ordinary clothes and it all looks very apt for the storyline. Shahrukh Khan once again gives a first rate performance, really he always does a great job, and this time again he doesn’t disappoint. He portayed the role of a normal common man very well. Maybe why I didn’t like him much in that look was because I’ve never seen him in that look, but anyways he did a fantastic job, he really looked like a common man and did an equally impressive job with the other role that he plays of Raj. Anushka Sharma really impressed me a lot in her first movie. She really pulled it off very well. Even in her first movie, she showed signs of supreme comfort and confidence. She shares the screen space well with SRK. Looks really pretty and beautiful I must say, and is a fantastic dancer too. I just hope she gets good movies and gets good roles. Vinay Pathak is a fantastic actor. He plays the role of SRK’s best friend, and he was really very good in his role.

Music was good, I’ve been listening to the songs for quite sometime since they were released, and Haule Haule was really a sweet number. Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai is also a nice song. The background music was also good with the signature tune played very well whenever required. Locations were of a ordinary man’s world, so everything looked pretty realistic. Direction was fine, but I must say that Aditya could have done a little better with the movie. It was not what we really expected, but then don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad by any means, it was really a lovely movie, but unlike in DDLJ where there were so many scenes which are in our memories forever, RNBDJ hardly had that many. Its just that this movie wouldn’t be remembered that long as DDLJ.

Its really a nice way to show a love story of a common man, and so the SRK fans would love it and so would be the aam janta. It might not be a blockbuster material but is far away from a disaster. Do watch it for having a nice time in a lovely story with nice flavor of simplicity. Oh and yes before I forget, dont miss the end credits, its worth the watch.

Rating: 6.5/10

Om Shanti Om Review

Om Shanti Om poster

Om Shanti Om
Directed by Farah Khan
Produced by Gauri Khan
Written by Topper Alam, Abbas Tyrewala
Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal
Music by Vishal-Shekhar
Cinematography V. Manikandan
Editing by Shirish Kunder
Distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment, Eros Labs

I have not seen a movie recently being promoted at this level and so much being spent into publicity. Shah Rukh Khan himself has been at the forefront in this mega Diwali launch “Om Shanti Om”. Farah Khan and SRK have really done well in publicizing the movie and it has paid off very well. The movie is a hit…and its breaking the box office records.

Ok let me just summarize what the movie is…no not the story…but what the movie is…for what I feel its like a tribute to Hindi cinema, a tribute to SRK, its his film, its all about him in the movie, and yes Deepika Padukone does manage to grab attention but it still is a SRK film. But still its a great film mind you, SRK sells doesn’t he? So does this movie. Its a hit and has been breaking records all over the box offices, so it doesn’t come as a surprise. Because its a home production for SRK, Gauri Khan has produced the movie, publicity at this level was quite obvious, be it the “6-pack”, be it the debut of Deepika Padukone, be it the second movie of Farah Khan, or be it anything. It all paid off…and all the money spent has been well recovered.

So lets begin with the story, its about Om (SRK) working as a junior artist in the 70s and he is in love with the superstar Shanti (Deepika) and eventually meets her and then he dies saving her, he is then reincarnated and he gives justice to Deepika. I can’t shorten the story more than this, as its already known, the story, and if you don’t, then go and watch this, I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Its an entertaining movie, worth the money, and another great effort from Farah Khan. It does have some Farah Khan trademarks which reminded me of Main Hoon Na many times. Farah has definitely improved a lot, what I like most about her work is the level of attention she pays to small things. Her way to putting things into place is really good, the effects used in the movie during the shooting sequences with 70s scenes and the OSO scenes were blended very well, sets were great, it really takes you back to those 70s and the movie takes you back to the way movies were made in those days. Its a really good tribute to the Hindi cinema. It does have some similarity to Karz to some extent, but I don’t feel that it was anything like a copy. Its a different movie and both are good.

Acting wise SRK was great as always, this is easily among his best performances of late, very energetic and young. Deepika Padukone, gosh, she is beautiful, and she is here to stay, not just because of her looks but for her acting too. She is really impressive in the movie. She couldn’t have imagined for a better launch to her career than starring in a SRK movie directed by Farah Khan. Its a great launch and she should build on this by working on some more good films. Shreyas Talpade plays the role of SRK’s good friend, and he was pretty effective and good. Kiron Kher is becoming the Rakhi of today’s cinema. I mean she is the best woman to play the mom role these days. She was in Main Hoon Na too, and here too she is just as effective as she was in Main Hoon Na. Arjun Rampal plays the bad guy role and he did a fair enough job.

Overall its a great movie, good music, great presentation, and its entertaining. Farah…a job well done. SRK once again rules the box office and shows us why he is the King of Bollywood. Deepika’s debut is impressive. So in view of all this its definitely a must watch.

Rating 8.5/10

Read the music review of Om Shanti Om

Om Shanti Om Music Review

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Diwali blockbusters are usually BIG, and everything associated with it is BIG too. Like Om Shanti Om, has a pretty big album, atleast in terms of number of tracks, 12 tracks in all. Vishal-Shekhar chalks out another hit album for the Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone starrer directed by Farah Khan titled Om Shanti Om. The last time Farah Khan teamed with SRK, Main Hoon Na was a BIG hit, both the movie and the music. So lot of expectations from this one as well. Continue reading “Om Shanti Om Music Review”

Don – The Chase Begins Again Review

Don – The Chase Begins Again

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Directed by Farhan Akhtar
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani
Written by Javed Akhtar,Salim Khan
Starring Shahrukh Khan,Priyanka Chopra,Arjun Rampal,Kareena Kapoor,Isha Koppikar,Boman Irani,Om Puri,Sushma Reddy
Music by Shankar Mahadevan,Ehsaan Noorani,Loy Mendonsa

Now I don’t quite remember the 1978’s Don starring Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, as I had seen the movie long ago. So I don’t Continue reading “Don – The Chase Begins Again Review”