Raanjhanaa :My Review


Cast: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub


Director: Anand Rai
Dhanush makes a grand entry into Bollywood by being what he does best. Hysterical love. And this time he does it with added cuteness in Hindi. He is undoubtedly the star of Raanjhana, a love story with great dialogues and fast paced screenplay, that keeps you looking for what happens next. A love story that lets you feel the pain of the protagonists’ love, dilemma, innocence through the window of time, through which Kundan (Dhanush) grows. And with his growth, his love for Zoya (Played by Sonam Kapoor).

Dhanush makes a grant entry to bollywood
AR Rahman puts his magic in the songs and makes you connect with the plot.
Kundan, played by Dhanush, puts in the innocence and craziness as the teen, trying to be different in “professing her love”. He keeps on persisting, even enjoying 16 slaps that are offered by the lady he is in love with. But with a love induced wrist cut, making Zoya hug her and which ultimately getting known to her family. She gets sent to Aligarh to study, while our Lover boy waits in Benaras. Old school, some would say.

Dhanush and Sonam
But when Zoya returns. She had left those old benaras days behind her. But the hero’s persistence to still get her remains intact. So much so, that he makes sure that she doesn’t get married by employing tricks then and now, on Zoya’s insistence. Only to find later from her that she is in love with someone else. Enter Abhay deol, the guy she is in Love with.
The story doesn’t just end here. This just starts with twists and turns awaiting you ahead.
The story unfolds as to how he agrees to help her in getting married to Abhay deol, how he goes just out of his way in doing everything that Zoya (Sonam) wants and how, even till the end he is still there waiting for her to reciprocate her love, the same way that he does.
But believe me, this is not just a love story about these two. There’s politics and power, there’s the benaras flavor, friends who would stand beside you in everything and innocence spread out everywhere.

Dhanush plays the romantic -cum-cute stalker
It’s not just Dhanush, who does a great job, but so is his onscreen friend Murari, played by Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub who has some of the best dialogues to his credit. Displaying the plight of small town lovers he comes up with, “Mohalle ke aashiqon ke pyaar ko aksar engineer doctor hi udaa lejaate hain”. While dhanush is crazy for Zoya, Bindiya (Played by Swara Bhaskar of Tanu weds manu and Aurangzeb fame) is crazy for him, with bold dialogues like, “baapu ke kapde to phaad diye, hamare kab ” to which Danush replies, “Kundan ke pyajame ka naada itna dheela nahi, ki blouse ke huk se khul jaye
Murari and Bindiya put the life in the first half of the movie, while the politics in the second, coupled with some great one-liners and scenes involving Dhanush makes it worth a watch.

Swara bhaskar as Bindiya
Director, Anand Rai utilizes these two characters to keep the tempo going with their amazing dialogue delivery and support to the leads. The knack with which Dhanush has understood the character and puts his life in it, scene by scene is amazing, and of course credit also goes to the director for it.

Anand Rai utilises the cast to it's perfection
Sonam ‘s is a character that you will hate, although chances are you might not like her acting as well. Except scenes where she is crying, where she surprisingly does emote, otherwise she is okayish. It’s an all-out Dhanush movie.
To sum up, Ranjhna is a story of a hindu boy being in love with a Muslim Girl, in the town of Benaras. The colorful town, filled with vibrant images of religious diversity, but stark opposition when it comes to marriage or so does the character’s make us believe. Although sometimes, over the top, where you get to see Holi being celebrated whenever they like, or rather showing a town where something or the other is always happening.

The colourful Benaras on display

How the plot unfolds with politics coming in, is again putting it in a larger frame of things. Yet, Avoiding these little clichés is the best you can do, to enjoy this lovely outing of Dhanush. A Good entertainer, one shouldn’t miss.

I’m going with 4 out of 5, for this Dhanush Starrer. Induldge yourself.

14 thoughts on “Raanjhanaa :My Review

  1. For the Bolly crowd Dhanush has to do well :) All the reviews so far indicate its a great movie which should have avoided too much politics in the 2nd half !!
    yet .. Abhay Deol is a reason I cant ever miss this movie :)

    • I Won’t say much about Abhay here, he is just another character in this out-and-out Dhanush movie. Although the story allows a bigger role for him, yet there’s not much of him. He doesn’t fit well, IMO. Second half is a little draggy but with all the things happening one after another, you do look forward to. Its somehow like a book, where even being a Love story, they try to put in efforts to explain whats’ happening around.

      PS: I’m writing longish comments these days :P

      • you should thank me for the long comments .. I think :D

      • Hahhaha.. Thank you Sir for that :D

      • Nice review and I agree that the movie is an out and out Dhanush movie, If Shahid Kapoor was casted as Kundan I am pretty sure Raanjhanaa would be considered as an average or below average flick.. Thank god Aanand Ji changed his mind, followed his heart and convinced Dhanush to take this role..

        Swara, Zeeshan, Abhay & Sonam all played their part well, Sonam has certainly improved with her expressions at few scenes which is the one good thing in acting with good actors, you will learn from them

      • It is indeed, a Dhanush spectacle.

        As far as Shahid kapoor is concerned, i agree he wouldn’t have taken it to this heights. The reason the movie worked, was Dhanush’ innocence and complete devotion to the character. At the same time, the dialogues in hindi were a treat to watch. There’s certain joy involved when you hear people who come from a different language set-up speak in an other language.

  2. Nice review. After reading so many reviews… decided to watch this movie at the earliest :)

  3. Just saw the movie and I agree with your review 100%!

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  5. Having watched Dhanush in few Tamil movies. Just in first few frames of the movie, I understood that Kundan Character(Tapori like) is tailor made and a cake walk to Dhanush. My only wait was to know how well he could deliver the same in Hindi. I think he exceeded expectations of most audience. North Indian audience may not have seen his performance, that may be one reason.
    Seeing some one new with tremendous performance will blow us away. for eg: Manoj Bajpai in Satya, Vivek Oberoi in Company etc.
    In my opinion
    Over all Movie is great , 5 for 5
    very passionately narrated,
    Thanks to Anand who shot movie in actual lanes of a small town rather taking to dreamy expensive sets. Screenplay is spectacular. Dialogues are salt of this recipe along with Intense facial expressions and eye contacts. Dhanush has done his magic again. I believe he can do better looking at his previous movies (Tamil). Sonam was looking very beautiful and few shots she looked older than Dhanush. I can say her acting improved a lot.

    Cheers! enjoy the movie.

  6. If it wasn’t for the constant ‘wrist slashing’ thing, i would’ve given it 5/5. A true entertainer from Bollywood after a long long time! Everything from the place its set(Lucknow) to AR Rehman’s music and Sonam’s attempt at acting clicks abt this film! Love the shayaris and one liners in between too. Your review brought some sweet memories back! :)

    • That “wrist slashing” thing is quite original and takes place more than you think in smaller towns.
      The movie was raw look at gali-wala romance.

      And yeah it was just an awesome movie, except Sonam in it :P

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