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FR 9 – Yash Raj’s RAB NE BANA DI JODI (2008) – Small town Serenade

May 2, 2009

Mad Professor Marks: 6.5 out of 10

Woah! Never ever could have imagined that I am rating a Sharukh Khan movie higher than an Aamir Khan-starrer! Anyway, as in 2007 both had a really good film in the theatres (TAARE ZAMEEN PAR and CHAK DE!), Dec 2008 brings us Aamir all biceps and SRK in a highly emotional romcom directed/written by Aditya Chopra with lyrics by Jaideep Sahni. This film produced by Yash Chopra is a typical Yash Raj production supplying high-pitched emotions for nearly 3 hrs. Sharukh Khan was reportingly quite nervous before the release, not surprising if one considers this not a cool and hip flick like Dhoom 1 & 2 or Golmaal 1 & 2. It is rather an old-fashioned film about shy and introverted husband who finally succeeds in winning the heart of his wife Taa. Austrian friends of mine saw it and were delighted “that such movies are still made”. You will either love it or hate it!

SRK is shy, introverted, and kind-hearted Suri “I work for Punjab Power”, a nerd and clerk par excellence. By matter of circumstances Suri and Taani (newcomer Anoushka Sharma), the pretty daughter of his former professor end up getting married in an arranged marriage according to her father’s last wish and arrive after a hasty wedding at Suri’s ancestral home in Amritsar.   While his good nature leads Suri to treat her with exceptional care and patience, he is too shy to express his feelings. Suri’s best friend, a barber called Bobby (VINAY PATHAK!!!) functions as a comic sidekick and does so very well.

As Taani starts taking dance classes, Suri takes help from his friend Bobby to become an all-new and cool bigmouth Raj, Taani’s dance partner.

RNBDJ is definitely a film for the villages, for the big masses of India and less for the hip urban crowds of colleges and IT companies. It mirrors a lot of Indian traditional values and culture and takes you on a colorful rollercoaster ride of typical Yash Raj entertainment. At the Box Office it did exceedingly well.

All in all an ok-experience.

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