Movie Review: Raanjhanaa (2013)

Box Office: Hit

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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “Raanjhanaa celebrates pain of heartbreak.”
Sify – IANS
4.0 “RAANJHANAA is not a love triangle; it handles the emotions of four young lovers. As you leave the theatre, you feel that ‘Titanic’ emotion.”
4.0 “Be it for its technical pros or for Dhanush’s Bollywood debut, ‘Raanjhanaa’ makes for a good watch this weekend. “
Zee News
4.0 “‘Raanjhanaa’ is a movie that should be seen, savored and thoughtfully appreciated.”
3.5 “RAANJHANAA encompasses romance and myriad emotions most wonderfully, besides bravura performances and a popular musical score from the maestro.”
Bollywood Hungama
3.5 “You may not like this film if you cannot digest brooding love stories.”
Times Of India
3.5 “The film is salvaged from gaps by an unconventional take on love. Dhanush is effortless but it is to Sonam Kapoor that Raanjhanaa belongs.”
NDTV Movies
3.5 “A film about the politics of love and the love of politics – Raanjhanaa is a must-watch!”
Sify – Sonia Chopra
3.5 “If you ever have loved and lost, Raanjhanaa is the film for you.”
3.0 “Raanjhanaa isn’t easy viewing but works thanks to Dhanush’s powerful performance and A R Rahman’s score”
3.0 “Raanjhanaa despite its flaws in the story is one of the best romantic films of the recent times. A definite watch for all.”
3.0 “Raanjhanaa has a fantastic first half. Watch it for Dhanush and Sonam’s performances and some colourful one-liners and dialogues.”
DNA India
3.0 “Raanjhanaa works, and yes, the movie has maximum possibilities to strike the right chords amongst the audience, only and only because of Dhanush and his heart-touching performance.”
One India
Average Reviews
2.5 “It is affable and gives some intoxicating humor, but lowers its own hilt due to the screenplay’s discrepancies.”
2.5 “The playfulness and intensity that Dhanush exhibits consistently is what keeps Raanjhanaa ticking.”
Negative Reviews
1.5 “When a film has nothing in particular to say, it ends up saying so much that nothing makes sense.”

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