Movie Review: Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
Till a few years ago, if a director approached a producer with a script that had just two characters from Scene A to Z, the producer would scoff at him and show him the door. After all, devoting an entire film on merely two characters is nothing short of a risk. That’s not all, for the two characters aren’t friends, acquaintances or lovers. They are strangers who meet accidentally on a bridge, since both have decided to commit suicide. If that’s how your film begins, it’s akin to taking another [giant] risk by Bollywood standards.
Okay, okay, before I begin dissecting ANJAANA ANJAANI, I need to clear a few misconceptions pertaining to this film. It’s not a copy or adaptation or remake of Patrice Leconte’s 1999 French film LA FILLE SUR LE PONT/GIRL ON THE BRIDGE, which starred Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis. The Twitterverse is also crammed with tweets speculating that ANJAANA ANJAANI bears a striking resemblance to the Telugu film ITLU SRAVANI SUBRAMANYAM . The only similarity between these three films is that two strangers meet on a bridge to commit suicide, that’s it! ANJAANA ANJAANI is as diverse from these films as mangoes, apples and peaches. Now let’s move ahead…
Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) and Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) meet on a bridge in Manhattan under unfavourable circumstances. They both are trying to throw themselves down in a suicidal bid, being unable to cope with the hurdles of life any longer. But jump, they can’t, and end up together in a pact which sees them spending twenty days together before they take the final plunge. So what happens in those twenty days? A road trip to Vegas, followed by loads of wish fulfilment…. More importantly, are they able to carry off the suicide pact? Keep guessing.