It is not an unknown fact for my readers that i am a Rahman fanatic. For the love of his music, i have also watched Tamil movies without subtitles. Naturally, when the music of Raanjhanaa was released a few weeks ago, the excitement in me had been palpable. Not just Rahman sir’s music, the trailer itself made me wait with wide expectations for the film. Well, the expectations put the nail in the coffin of the film.
Even before the release of the film, Twitter was abuzz with criticism of Raanjhanaa, solely based on the lack of “hero looks” in Dhanush. I am glad that Dhanush has magnificently silenced all his “critics” with a spell binding performance in the film. Raanjhanaa works because of Dhanush. For a film which has a sloppy plot, cliched style of story-telling and a screenplay that often borders on the absurd, a stellar performance by Dhanush, a quirky lines penned by the dialogue writer make you feel your money was not all wasted.
Sonam Kapoor cannot act, and she reinforces the fact yet again in this film. It is hard to believe that there is someone among the contemporary actors, whose face is more expressionless than Deepika Padukone. That is why, during the climax, where the script demands a powerhouse performance, Sonam just fizzles out. Even Abhay Deol’s short cameo in the film could not lift the standards of acting. It is quite an irony that Mohd. Zeeshan and Swara Bhaskar will be remembered for their contribution to the film than the lead female actor.
I’ve already reviewed the music of Raanjhanaa, and need not reiterate how good the compositions are. Mostly used as background score, the songs are totally out of sync with the screenplay, barring the Sufi track sung by Sukhwinder Singh. The last time i felt infuriated at the colossal waste of Rahman sir’s music by a director was Bose – The Forgotten Hero. Dhanush’s lip-sync was disastrous during the song “Tum Tak”; the song suited more as the score for end-credits. In some scenes, it was a little too hard for me to believe that Rahman sir composed the score; the disappointment shattered me.
For a film that started with innocence of love, soon became unbearable and overburdened with religion and politics. As the fabled cow climbed the top branch of the fictional tree, i emerged out of the theater with a heartache, for even the last scene of the film looks lifted straight out of Kai Po Che.
My Rating: 2/5 Stars
P.S. I have a Tamil friend who was born and brought up in Kolkata. He speaks flawless Bangla, without accent. Could someone not have dubbed for Dhanush?
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