Shah Rukh Khan – Aditya Chopra come together after 8 years with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Easily one of the most awaited movies of the year, RNBDJ has a couple of other characters apart from SRK in two different roles. Anushka Sharma, the model turned actress from Bangalore plays SRK’s love interest in the film. Vinay Pathak is the hero’s best friend. Kajol, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji, Lara Dutta and Bipasha Basu appear in a song.
Surinder Sahni (Shah Rukh Khan) – a simple, clean hearted, honest man working for Punjab Power, leading a humdrum life, when he meets his total opposite and finds love in the flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious – Taani (Anushka Sharma) for whom the whole world is her canvas and she paints her own life with the colours of rainbow all until unforeseen circumstances changes it all and brings them together.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi has a mixed quotient of fun, laughter and drama but the defective story, the pace and length of the movie could hinder its box-office prospects. The pit falls in the story are so very obvious that it clearly out shadows the very few positive aspects of the movie. Although the love story between Taani and Raj has the spirit, it fails to make much sense and leaves many questions unanswered. A married woman falling in love with her new acquaintance is very much possible, especially when the marriage is just a compromise. But it’s beyond me as to how Taani couldn’t recognize that it’s her husband who is in disguise as Raj.
Furthermore; she didn’t spot one resemblance between Raj and her husband when the changes in his looks were minimal. Also, how could she identify her husband as Raj on the grand finale of the dance competition? All this and many more questions linger in your minds as the credits roll.
It’s not just the story that is not proof read but even the pace is excruciatingly slow. The movie should have been 30 minutes shorter. On a positive note, the story is simple and its characters are very much identifiable. Dialogues are very interesting and mostly comical. Music by Salim-Sulaiman’s is admirable. Music is a mixed bag. ‘Haule Haule’ and ‘Dance Pe Chance’ are decent tracks. The title track too is very pleasing and touchy.
The movie belongs to Anushka Sharma’s bubbly performance. You can’t take your eyes off her for a minute as she dances and emotes like a veteran actress. She even manages to steal a couple of scenes from SRK. Talking of SRK, he is brilliant as Surinder Sahni but fails to impress as Raj. Age is catching up big time with SRK; those wrinkles can quite clearly be seen in close-up shots. Vinay Pathak as SRK’s side-kick manage to evoke a few laughs.
Overall, RNBDJ disappoints with faulty story line and dire execution. But some light entertaining moments make it a decent watch.
Banner: Yash Raj Films
Cast: Shahrukh Khan
Direction: Aditya Chopra
Production: Yash Chopra