Finally, I have seen Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. So far, I was giving only half baked opinions, partly scraped from past experiences, partly from other websites. But this review, is a totally personal review of the film and if you are a little apprehensive before spending three precious hours in a theatre filled with hooting crowds, I suggest you read this review.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Starring – Shah Rukh Khan, Anoushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
Direction, Screenplay, Dialogoes – Aditya Chopra
Producers – Yash Raj Films
Music – Salim Sulaiman
Lyrics – Jaideep Sahni
The Story of RNBDJ
The story of the movies is simple – nothing complicated. Its about a grief-stricken Taani ji (Played by the promising Anoushka Sharma) who loses the man she loves on her wedding day when they are killed in a bus accident. It so happens that Surendra Sahni (Shah Rukh Khan) happens to be present on the day and is also Taani’s fathers favourite student. He falls in love with her but is too shy to speak his mind. Hearing the loss, Taani’s father suffers a massive heart attack and his last wish is that Taani should marry Surendra (quite a typical beginning). So they marry and the rest, as they say, is history. A dance competition happens in Amritsar and changes their lives forever…
The movie soon flows in the desired direction, taking the viewers on a funny, romantically stupid and immensely sweet journey.
The Characters – Taani, Surendra and Raj
Shah Rukh Khan once again redefines the boundaries of a conventional actor and portrays two totally opposite roles with flawless ease. A few glitches and oddities in the story could have saved the movie some intelligence points but avoiding that was intentional I think. And this stupidity works pretty well for the characters.
Surendra Sahni is the typical boring 9 to 5 working middle class man. He speaks little, always cares for his wife and leads a very simple life. He loves Taani more than ‘Rab’ but is too shy. Taani on the other hand fails to see this love and has closed all doors of love within her. Killed them rather.
Taani is a lovely character – fun filled, loves to dance and is always smiling. A beautiful person, when tragedy befalls her, she becomes the exact opposite and this pinches Surendra like anything – he loves the Taani which he had first seen, not this gloomy girl.
Then she meets Raj – her dance partner, who is the exact opposite of Surendra. He is always flirting with her, shamelessly and yet makes her laugh. Little does she know that this is actually her husband.
The movie could have been damn good. It had all the ingredients – but Aditya Chopra failed to recreate tthat magic once again. We see desperate additions of some effects of DDLJ, some really wierd scenes (Taani fails to recognise her husband without his moustache for instance). However, what Rab Ne Bana De.. has is the superb performance of Shah Rukh Khan – carefully balanced and perfectly executed. He has once again proved that he is King Khan.
The songs are also beautifully composed. Haule Haule is a nicely filmed song in which we see Shah Rukh dancing sweetly. Chance Pe Dance has some excellent dance moves and the title song is very touching. Salim Sulaiman have delivered an excellent music score and Jaideep Sahni has pitched in poetic lyrics. (I know this review is now dragging, so I will wrap up).
Why the movie sucks a bit is because it seems to drag a little too long. He could have easily made an excellent piece minus the extra melodrama and a uselessly long and boring song which features Kajol, Priety Zinta, Lara Dutta, Rani Mukherjee and Bipasha Basu in cameo roles.
See the movie for Shah Rukh and Shah Rukh alone. Anoushka dances really well but we can see that she fails to create the needed impact for such a heavy role. I would personally give the movie about 7 on 10.