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Movie Review: What’s Your Raashee? (2009)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

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When you’ve films like LAGAAN, SWADES and JODHAA AKBAR to your credit, every step you take, every move you make comes under a microscopic view. Naturally then, the expectations from Ashutosh Gowariker’s WHAT’S YOUR RAASHEE? are monumental. Casting the same actor in 12 different roles is nothing short of a challenge – for the film-maker, for the writer and also for the actor in question.Now let’s analyze.

Based on the Gujarati novel ‘Kimball Ravenswood’ by Madhu Rye, WHAT’S YOUR RAASHEE? is Ashutosh Gowariker’s first romantic comedy.Yogesh Patel (Harman Baweja) is happily pursuing his studies and working in the Big Apple.A phone call about his dad’s state of health has him rushing back to India.His brother, it appears, had taken huge loans.The only way out is to get Yogesh married.They stumble on this idea when the pundit who is called to predict whether Yogesh’s brother will face a jail term ends up studying Yogesh’s kundli.He states that if Yogesh gets married by the 20th of the month, there will be a flood of wealth in the household.

Right enough, when he is delivering his prediction, Yogesh’s mother gets a call from her father in Gujarat that he is ‘willing’ his entire property to his darling grandson, Yogesh. From here starts Yogesh’s dilemma. To cut the long story short, he agrees after much persuasion, but on the condition that he gets to meet one girl from every Sun Sign.

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “A remarkable film”
Movie Talkies
4.5 “A Remarkable Film “
Movie Talkies
3.5 “Priyanka and Harman, creative script and several hilarious moments”
BollySpice
3.5 “Like Chopra, Ashutosh Gowariker proves his versatility as a director, showing audiences that he can do more than craft dramatic films”
BollySpice
3.5 “A lovely uncluttered, unassuming and transparent film from Gowariker”
IANS
3.0 “Gowariker seems to have fallen in love with his own work. Too bad, his indulgence prevents the audience from doing the same”
Times Of India
3.0 “A less-than-ruthless editor could have easily trimmed What’s Your Raashee by 45 minutes without compromising on its soul”
Times Of India
Average Reviews
2.5 “A never-ending saga”
ApunKaChoice
2.5 “a story which could probably do better when shown on television or DVD, but we would recommend you to watch it, just because of Priyanka’s performance”
AOL
Negative Reviews
2.0 “nothing but a below average affair, over-burdened with songs”
Zee News
2.0 “two reasons to watch this astrological blunder made by Ashutosh Gowariker – Priyanka Chopra and Priyanka Chopra”
Real Bollywood
2.0 “nothing but a below average affair, over-burdened with songs”
Zee News
2.0 “If you may ask whether to check it out or not well there are only two reasons to watch this astrological blunder made by Ashutosh Gowariker – Priyanka Chopra and Priyanka Chopra”
Real Bollywood
2.0 “he well-meaning ploy only confuses the viewer as to how to perceive this constantly mood-shifting caper”
Rediff
2.0 “You’ll thank yours, if you make it through the film with your hair intact “
Buzz 18
2.0 “tediously long at a 3 hour 30 minute runtime. And despite that the narrative lacks conviction”
IndiaTimes
2.0 “What were you thinking Ashi? – I mean Ashutosh Gowarikar”
IndiaTimes
2.0 “a 200-minute plod with repetitive set-ups, myriad prospective in-laws, a hamming supporting cast, dull cinematography, editing and art direction and poor writing”
DNA India
2.0 “is affected by serious flaws like a repetitive layout and agonising length. If the film is still somewhat watchable, it’s only for Priyanka Chopra’s consistently stellar act”
Sify
2.0 “A never-ending saga”
ApunKaChoice
1.5 “a king-sized disappointment from one of the finest storytellers of India”
IndiaFM
1.5 “has about 8 songs too many, is an hour and a half longer than it should have been and suffers from a poor screenplay”
Now Running
1.5 “one of the worst films this decade. A powerful sleeping pill, that isn’t recommended even for chronic sleeplessness”
IndiCine
1.5 “You walk out of the theatre feeling disappointed. For the first time in years, an Ashutosh Gowariker movie is unlikely to win awards or even be nominated”
Star Box Office
1.5 “The premise is silly, the plot frivolous and the execution lacks direction”
Glamsham
1.5 “has about 8 songs too many, is an hour and a half longer than it should have been and suffers from a poor screenplay”
Now Running
1.5 “The premise is silly, the plot frivolous and the execution lacks direction.”
Glamsham
1.0 “A…void”
Khalid Mohammed
1.0 “A…void”
Khalid Mohammed
0.5 “one of the worst films this decade”
IndiCine

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