Raanjhanaa is the story about a boy named Kundan (Dhanush), who falls in love with Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) and tries to woo her all the time. Zoya then moves to another city for her education, where she falls head over heels in love with another man Akram/Jaspreet (Abhay Deol), a senior at her university in Delhi. Being a true and loyal lover, Kundan continues to feel the same for his girl and waits for her to return. When Zoya returns to her hometown, she reveals her love story with Akram/Jaspreet to Kundan. Kundan in return is heart-broken. But, that’s just not the end of the story. There’s a lot more twists and turns in the flick.
Initially, RAANJHANAA manages to hook you with the atmospherics, but the ingenious narrative and worthy performances win you over gradually. The romance, the simplistic lines, the heartbreak… the film transports you to a different zone altogether. The dream-like world gives the impression of being pure and unadulterated initially, but this illusory world is soon shattered by reality [read corrupted by greed and power] as the plot thickens.
There are times when you feel Aanand might borrow from romantic movies of yore — most storytellers take the tried and trusted course to appease the spectator — but the plot changes relentlessly as it advances. Let me add, it’s not the customary love yarn we spectators are habituated to watching on the Hindi screen. The sequences between the lead pair are humorous and endearing, with some distinctive moments. There are heartrending and distressing flashes too and also sequences that astonish… that’s when you put your hands together for the screenwriter and also the director for being so unconventional, so original, so innovative.
Aanand elicits the conservative/old school middle class setting wonderfully well. The milieu and narrative wholly absorb you, making you believe that you’re as much part of the goings-on. Furthermore, the director uses only expressions — without resorting to heavy-duty dialogue in few sequences — delightfully.