Rab Ne Banadi.. Aditya ne kyun Banayi??

Posted: December 14, 2008 in bollywood, bourne ultimatum, movies, Shah Rukh, vinay pathak
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For a change, went and saw Rab Ne Banadi Jodi, on Friday night, without waiting to read the reviews in the papers. After all, there had not been any big releases for a few weeks, and in fact, I had not seen any movie for a couple of weeks. So with SRK and the YashRaj banner, and Aditya Chopra being the director, there was enough motivation to venture into the theatre, without waiting to see what others were saying about the film.

Well, I wish I had waited for the reviews!

The film does not work. On any front.

So Shah Rukh looks different – an old 1970s poor man hero kind of look (well, the half of it, in this film). So should I be happy to see the change? Change is good. But it should still be a good change. This look looks awful, was grossly exaggerated and not entirely necessary at all. It was there only to contrast with the other look that the same character puts on, and we are to believe that the contrast being so stark, the wife of the character is unable to recognize the two as being the same person! Only for that reason, that simpleton look was grossly overdone.

The new heroine makes a fair debut. She looks cute like the so many new young actresses on Indian screens look these days – well, on television and on the larger screen. Anushka portrays a good Punjabi girl, a homemaker and yet a firebrand who can take on the world when needed. She has a good smile, but overall, she does not have many scenes to showcase her talent. We will have to wait for her next one, or there is a fear that she may go the Gracy Singh way. Cute debut but then disappearing into oblivion!

The fundamental idea of the film – of the hero trying to win over his bride and make her to love him – is just too thin, to be carried for 3 hours! There are no other twists or turns.

And the fundamental way that the hero attempts to do this, is quite incredible.

He changes his looks and appears as someone else, to woo his own wife. Now if the face and dress change can still be imagined – although it still does not get to me, that she will not recognize him – can anyone explain how a shy and introvert kind of person, can overnight, with a change of clothes, become an extrovert, who can be boorish in talk, who can be crazy, drive bikes etc.?? There is no explanation for the attitude changeover, while there is one about the appearance changeover.

As I said, the thread is too thin anyway, to run for a full length movie. No other sub-plots, no nothing. A Japan factor is added, for no reason at all. And does not make sense except for being a diversion.

The worst part is the end. The character that the hero takes on, and which he is not, woos the girl, and goes to the extent of professing his love. The heroine, married to the original character, is now in a quandary. If she accepts this other character’s love, she would be doing ‘wrong’.  And still she is tempted, as that ‘other’ character has been what she always wanted in a husband.

So why is the hero doing this? What’s the deal here, anyway?!

Ok, having said that, a “good” ending would have been, for the girl to ‘discover’ that these two are the same, and how selfless her husband really has been and what pains he has taken to make her happy.

But THAT does not happen. And I think, even in this thin plot, here is where Adi missed the one opportunity to make something out of the story.

Here, the girl makes her final call on staying with her husband, and not go with the ‘other’ character as she prays at the Golden Temple, and God gives her a vision that says that hubby is best for her.

That’s too weird.

Why not have her “discover” what her husband has been upto?

Here she finds out, much later. And that also because the husband goes out and tells her, in a way.. by dancing with her, instead of the flashy ‘other’ character.

This is the biggest loss in the story.

So are there any silver linings at all? Well, yes.

1. Vinay Pathak has a fun role, and does a good job. His stars are truly on the rise, and he keeps making the most of the opportunities that are coming his way.

2. It’s interesting to see small town Punjab life. We had seen villages, we have seen cities. This was in between. About the large houses there, about the cinema being a constant source of entertainment, about a “trade fair” being an outing for the family, and things of that nature. Interesting glimpse..

3. The songs.. they are hummable for a while. Don’t expect any of them to be remembered after 6 months also, but for now, there are 2-3 that can stay on your lips, even if its on account of the fact that these are bombarded at you, every few mins, on radio.

4. Finally, the last silver lining was seeing the preview of Ghajini while seeing Rab Ne!! Ghajini looks like a taut thriller, and from the looks of it, an Indianized version of The Bourne Ultimatum. But these are my impressions only from the preview. It may yet be something different.

YRF has a tremendous track record. Earlier, with all the films that Yash and Aditya directed and produced. And in recent days, with the great flicks that they produce for others as well, e.g. Dhooms, Chak De, Hum Tum, and scores of such ones. Aditya himself has a great track record as a director and a tremendous reputation as a film maker.

The last thing that Aditya Chopra needs to do is to direct such junk.

Aditya, tune Rab Ne Banadi… kyu Banadi, yaara??!

  1. anonymous says:

    I really appreciate your comments on the the movie. I too watched this movie and found out that the movie is quite interesting although too far from reality…..

    Overall an utimate timepass with excellent scenes and great music….However Anushka was looking quite pathetic in the movie. Shahrukh had did justice with both the characters that he played……

    Aditya ne kyun banayi….i dont wanna know!!!

  2. […] my previous comments on Rab Ne Banadi Jodi, and how I did not like it much, I have come across so many other opinions, many of which are far […]

  3. _ram-jaane' says:

    Though you make some valid points here, (which I came across through your thoughts on Ghajini which I am yet to write up at some point, perhaps), I think there are some things that are semi-justified. For example the lack of sub-plots, to me this was a strength rather than a flaw. It meant there was no diversion of focus. The avatars of SRK had to be extreme, so I accept the over-done extremes looks of the Middle-Class Office Worker & Overly Colourful Metrosexual Hairdresser, these are symbolic in a way.

    As for her not recognising her husband, if you remain stuck on this, you’re missing the point of what was intended. It’s like watching Superman Returns and instead of seeing the glaring flaw of him being harmed by kryptonite yet managing to take an entire continent made of it to space, you’re focussing on, “so she really doesn’t recognise him when he has glasses on?” .. let theat one fly with suspension of belief, like the ‘action’ of Ghajini.

    I did think that her epiphany was far fetched, but I most definitely thought that the approach they took of her choosing Suri over Raj before the reveal, was necessary. It made the film for personal for me.

    Had she worked out that they were the same character, this would suggest that playing somebody else (as with Ghajini) actually does work & this wouldn’t have been as acceptable to me.

    I’m not suggesting it was perfect, far from it in fact, but I think Rab De was certainly a notch higher than what Ghajini turned out to be & largely because they’ve stuck to the concept & story intended without getting carried away with unnecessary subplots.

    Keep blogging by the way, it seems we both like to talk film even if we are on different sides of the fence. (@jun6lee)

  4. wisdominhindsight says:

    I have no problem to accept a different point of view. And I will grant you the analogy of Superman and accept the reason for the character to be not recognized by the wife.
    But for the simpleton character to transform not just his looks, but his behavior to a 180 degrees opposite one, overnight, is hard to believe.
    Also there are times when I would not want to see sub-plots. But in this case, the base story was such a flat single line type, that for variety, if nothing else, there could have been some sub-plots?!

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