Music : Vishal-Shekhar
Cinematography : Ravi K. Chandran
Director : Siddharth Anand
Producer : Sajid Nadiadwala
Screenplay : Siddharth Anand
Distributed by : Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment,Eros Entertainment
Released date : 1 October 2010
Theater watched : Leelamahal,Guntur
Ranbir Kapoor New Film Anjaana Anjaani Hindi Movie Review:
There has been much talk about Anjaana Anjaani being a copy of ‘The Girl On The Bridge’. However after watching the film I can vouch that it’s not true. Anjaana Anjaana is not a copy of any particular film. Rather it is a mish-mash of ideas that may have been borrowed from various movies. Hence though the story is not something we have seen in Hindi cinema before, neither does it seem completely fresh. At various moments through the film you will feel you have seen it before.
Story and Movie Analysis:
The film pretty much starts in the mode of Jab We Met where Ranbir Kapoor (like Shahid Kapoor) has lost big-time in business and is running away from life. But unlike the lively Kareena Kapoor, he stumbles upon a stranger, Priyanka Chopra who too wants to commit suicide. Her boyfriend cheated on her. When their attempt fails, they decide to team up and mutually help kill each other. Still unsuccessful, they set a ‘deadline’ to die on the approaching New Year’s Eve.
In the interim period they choose to fulfill each other’s last wishes. The boy wishes to lose virginity. The girl desires a delightful dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Together they set on a journey to Las Vegas. Strangely money never seems to be problem and life seems a fun ride. Why is death still on their wish-list?
It’s time for ex-love (Zayed Khan) to come back in girl’s life. After a couple of separation songs, girl discovers true love. So it’s time for Mr. Ex to drop the girl from his life or rather drop the girl to the airport from where she catches the next flight to the bridge town.
With the entire film focusing only on its two protagonists all through its runtime, the narrative never drifts into any subplots. But at the same time that makes the story very one-dimensional. Siddharth Anand’s screenplay has some sparkling moments like when the couple is marooned in mid-sea or when Ranbir is forced to attempt a striptease on the Disco Dancer title track. But beyond that the graph of the narrative is flat and the plot is plainly predictable.
The overall pacing is lax but the film literally starts to drag in the second half and tests your patience in the final reels, especially when you know what’s in store and yet the screenplay takes time to achieve that. The chemistry between Ranbir and Priyanka is sizzling hot but the efforts to show Ranbir’s topless torso is too barefaced.
But the real highlights of the film are the Anjaana and Anjaani – Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. It probably is a dream for any actor to get so much of screen time. And this film is almost entirely meant of them. And they excel. Ranbir Kapoor proves yet again why he is being termed as the next superstar. It is really hard to look at anyone else when Ranbir is on screen. But this time he will have to accept that Priyanka took away the eyeballs – mine at least! Priyanka Chopra, who has come up with memorable performances in the past, reminds again that she is indeed in contention for one of Indian cinema’s best actresses. The only problem I had – she comes out of the sick bed in complete make up. But then again is a directorial blunder!
Technical And Other Departments:
Cinematographer Ravi K Chandran captures the American highlands with flawless finesse. Vishal-Shekhar’s musical score is breezy but too many songs mar the flow of the film. Manish Malhotra and Mamta Anand’s styling of the lead characters is hep and happening.
Siddharth Anand has given us ‘Salaam Namaste’ and there is no doubt that he is capable in telling a story telling. But there are certain liberties taken in the film which deducts from his ability as a storyteller. Anjaana Anjaani works for the die-hard romantics and fans of the lead stars. For the rest it is an average storyline with good amount of repetitiveness embedded with superlative performances.
The film ends up being a romantic comedy which the viewer is no Anjaana Anjaani to.