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wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?)
quick review:

Every syllable of the one-line plot is as common as it can get. After all, you can say "boy meets girl" only in so many different ways. Despite that when you have fun; and you care for the boy and the girl; you know you are watching a brilliant film. And since the means are good, the time it takes to get to the yawn-inducing approach to the end and the end itself doesn't hurt that bad. A bit, yes.



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Anjaana Anjaani might have an unusual lead pair in Priyanka Chopra-Ranbir Kapoor but they don't even remotely claim that Anjaana Anjaani is a 'different' love story. The captions in the promos yell, "All love stories are between strangers." Right there it says, it's like 'all' love stories and like them all it is a boy meets girl plot. They don't know each other and they are going to fall in love. And we are ready for an interval.

But both the synopsis on the official site and the same promo have a something that generated curiosity.

What if the two people meet as strangers want to stay that way? They want to end right where they started - as strangers.

The thing about director, Siddharth Anand's films is that I have semi-liked all of them. His stories are human and about relationships. And he at least attempts to present a different point of view.

My apprehension with Anjaana Anjaani though, is that even if Siddharth Anand claims, " Anjaana Anjaani doesn't have trappings of a commercial pot boiler," the official synopsis does say the sort-of new-age cliché, "They are going through the exquisite pain of falling in love, only they don't know it!". Geez... Aisha , I Hate Luv Storys , Wake Up Sid , Love Aaj Kal , Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Bachna Ae Haseeno name a few in the recent past. Let's just say, I'm looking forward to any fresh angle, notwithstanding the producer's choice of films.

Another heartening discovery is that the script-writer sounds well-balanced Not to mention, that it has almost always been a pleasure to see Ranbir Kapoor wooing his girl. Even if she looks a lot more mature than him. Then again, we've seen him with Konkona Sen Sharna, so Priyanka Chopra is hardly an outcry.

My bigger problem is with the heavy Hum Tum- Salaam Namaste-esque ambience the trailer has. That might or might not have worked then, but I certainly don't like a déjà vu feeling. The seen-it-already and more importantly the seen-all-the-film-has reaction the trailers bring are disconcerting too. Sample this and -

Nevertheless, I will continue to hope for the best...

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The music seems to have caught on very well. Do read Vishal's awesome interview on the music of Anjaana Anjaani

Music Reviews -

  • Milliblog - The tunes do start to sound similar to their earlier soundtracks, but then they have this knack of getting perfect hooks that works big time
  • Apun Ka choice - no different from the league, yet they are appealing
  • Hindustan Times - young urban sound that the duo has perfected
  • Rediff - The duo resurfaces to ooze pastel-hued magic and dramatic chemistry for yet another title track
  • Inditatimes - robust mix
  • Santosh's blog - go for this album
  • Bollyspice - fabulous mix of lyricists to make each note and word count
  • Shekhar's online diary - reminds you of the Dostana track altogether with IHLS one
  • The naked mind - good buy with 5 good songs
  • Gogru Mogru - elusive feel

Ps. What's this crap about Anjaana Anjaani being Priyanka Chopra first love story. Please tell me I didn't dream up Pyaar impossible , love story 2050 ? Just look at the film titles for goodness sake!