Saturday, October 2, 2010

Anjaana Anjaani Movie Review: High But Dry

Anjaana Anjaani is just another addition to Bollywood’s plagiarised movie list . This one borrows from the likes of La Fille Sur Le Pont and The Bucket List quite like other Siddarth Anand’s movies ‘Salaam Namastey’(Nine Months), Ta Ra Rum Pum(Days of Thunder and Cindrella Man) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (Broken Flowers). Okay, not to worry since most Bollywood makers think it to be their sovereign right to lift stuff from foreign movies, we don’t hold the director solely responsilble.But on its own merit, Anjaana Anjaani does not score much either.

Story of Anjaana Anjaani: Akash(Ranbir Kapoor) and Kiara(Priyanka Chopra) bump into each other on a bridge in Manhattan. Both seem pissed with life and are want to end their lives. Akash has lost a lot of money in business while Kiera has another clichéd reason-yes, the ‘heart-break’. The ‘night-mare’ in shining armor happened to be Zayed Khan, as we come to know in boring flash-backs, who had dumped our Khiladi host. Oops, sorry to cut loose the spoiler that Zayed Khan also stars in it, but come on, it is nice that we did; there are some Zayed fans still left.

Okay, back to the prospective lovers of the film: Akash and Kiara. They try all sorts of stunts to end their lives like asphyxiation, jumping off bridge and even accidents but they still emerge live and kicking. The two then decide that they will spend time with each other for 20 days before they leave Planet Earth(for good) before New Year’s Eve. What happens in these twenty days is the crux of the story.

Plus points about Anjaana Anjaani;
The car(Blush) and Ranbir Kapoor. The locations and Vishal Shekhar’s music are interesting as well.

What is not good about Anjaana Anjaani
We don’t look for logic in Dabangg, Robot or even Khatta Meetha. But when you want to make a love story with the candy-floss, please put some sense in it. It is one thing to be sad but having a glimmer of hope to find out how things can work for the next twenty days, and it is another thing to be so high as if you don’t give a damn about anything in the world. Ranbir is supposed to be broke and Priyanka is supposed to be broken down, but you don’t see any of it, as both of them go for endless pubbing, partying, dhinchak nights at Las Vegas, sailing etc as if they have won a huge lottery.

At first, Priyanka and Ranbir are confused  ‘to pee or not to pee’ and a few more scenes later, they  are confused ‘to be or not to be’.

Kiera who is indulging in all the fun and masti suddenly becomes the typical Bollywood ‘izzatdar’ full of double standard ‘sweet’ n ‘homely’ values. . Whoa! What a turn-around. Havent we seen such stuff in Jab We Met and before that, in Hum Tum? Yes, the movie also borrows from DDLJ.

Performances in Anjaana Anjaani
The movie has a three-some going on, nope…not the way you thought; we have Zayed Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor. Zayed Khan…umm(forget it), Priyanka Chopra does not get it right sadly; she shows legs, pouts and smooches well; but all of these do not do mean ‘sexy’ in an era; where such things have become commonplace. The sad thing is since, Priyanka Chopra tries to look sexy, it shows and that is where her act falters. She is just about average, her exprerssions become exaggerated at some points. Ranbir is the saving grace of the film. One may also say that this is his worst film of Ranbir (if you keep aside Saawariya), though he is brilliant in the film.

If you think Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor are the best things to have happened to your life, please watch it.



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