Band Baaja Baaraat - Review

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
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Band Baaja Baaraathas umpteen points where a viewer could suggest changes to make it a better film BUT that doesn't make it a bad one. The super-basic plot looks naïve but has nice facets of a man-woman relationship built into it.

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Sure, Band Baaja Baaraat is the same old story. The lead lady is a woman of essence, who takes on the world face up but you can't miss the gaping need for a man in her life. The male lead is yet another confused young man, who is a symbol of the talented but directionless youth. For newbies working together on a business, they hardly go through a struggle. Everything is laid out for her all too easily. YET you warm up to them. You feel a shimmer of happiness for them when they are together. You want to tell them off for being silly when they are fighting with each other. I detested Band Baaja Baaraat's overall escape to over-simplicity and I loved it for the slight details of an every-day relationship.

"falling in love" is beneath her, that's what regular girls do, not Shruti (Anushka Sharma). And yet, she savors special moments she has spent with her friend. She is modern and simple-minded. And yet, this doesn't come across as contradictory. Bittoo (Ranveer Singh) hasn't thought much about his aspirations. All he knows is he doesn't want to join his family business. Whatever keeps him away from that becomes his aspiration. Her rule for life becomes his rule, without a rhyme or reason. Because that's how he is. And things pretty much stay that way. She remains adamant and foolhardy. He doesn't budge from his foolish self. Their misunderstanding or bickering is commonplace in real life. Which is why, their actions and reactions are from your standard boy meets girl story, but they don't seem out of place.

The same simple-headedness mars the film too. The agonizing conflict in the film doesn't hit hard enough because the heavy "business" set-up. Business mixes with pleasure. The set-up is all about Shruti's business, but the conflict arises elsewhere. Yet, you are interested in what's going on because of some very witty dialogues delivered with just the attitude the characters are meant to portray.

Neither Anushka nor Ranveer have "screen presence". They could both look their best and deliver the most endearing lines, and I could very well be enjoying it without looking at them but observing the props in the background. And this works in their favor. Band Baaja Baaraat leaves a warm feeling without any overt stylization or grand charisma. In fact, Ranveer's pictures in the promo posters make him look like the roadside romeo, a girl would avoid looking at. And that's how he is in the film. Either this is perfect casting or a brilliant performance or ofcourse an intelligent blend of the two, only his next few films will tell. Though Anushka is a couple of movie old, this is her first one with no "star"-backup. A couple more roles where she has a role with substance like this one and I think we'll have something to look forward to every time she picks a script.

You hear of a movie titled Band Baaja Baaraat produced by the best marriage scene creators in the market, Yash Raj Films and apprehension builds into a cringe. You go into the theater expecting a garish set-up with an over-zealous background score. The first few scenes are of a texture so different from your expectations that you have no choice but to sit-up and notice. It's not gloss, it is the ruggedness of a street. The street is soon decorated but in an earthy, believable fashion. Are we seeing Yash Raj turn over a leaf in its hunky-dory, big, fat wedding environment? There is a glimpse. If not in anything else, in their new venture's awesome logo film.

(I tried to look it up but couldn’t find it. It plays before Band Baaja Baaraat starts. I'll update this space if I locate and leave me a link if you find it. Thanks!)

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A slap or two
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of liplocks and one love-making scene.
  • Concept: That of friendship and love & of misunderstandings that make them stronger.
  • General Look and Feel:

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 3
  • Story: 2.5
  • Lead Actors: 3.5
  • Character Artists: 2.5
  • Dialogues: 3
  • Screenplay: 3
  • Music Director: 2.5
  • Lyrics: 3.5

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minesh modi:

Ranveer Singh – (Bittoo Sharma) - Interview
http://www.bollywoodchaska.com/content/ranveer_singh_bittoo_sharma_interview-2170/
I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was a child. Throughout my school years I used to participate in debates, plays etc. I was never very good at academics or sport.

meetu:

actually sonal, i'm surprised a bit myself :P

Tantanoo:

I think I agree with whatever you've written here. Btw, the Yash Raj promo is a teaser of their new Youth Films division. Can be found online.

meetu:

@anand sorry, completely forgot about it, will add in a bit.

@moviebhakt yeah it does have a hangover, even if only for some specific scenes and not the movie as a whole.

@tantanoo i know, but can't find it online. can you please send me a link?

aks:

its totaly bakwaas,very poor script,cheap dialouge,screenplay,story is most cheap.its totaly a public toilet.

Mansi:

Nice review as always! love the way you bring out even the most subtle points.

Here's what I thought:
http://eatpraylovemovies.blogspot.com/2010/12/one-up-for-band-baaja-baraat-2010.html

Do share your thoughts!

Kalyan:

Hey! This movie felt more like a jing-bang & romantic version of Rocket Singh, maybe because of the underlying entrepreneurship theme.

I totally agree with moviebhakt about having a the hangover of Anuskha Sharma. She was awesome, esp. her expressions and dialogs.

meetu:

@Aks ouch! you hated it that bad, huh?

@Mansi thank you!

@Kalyan yeah the entrepreneurial theme added a nice flavor, i missed the ups and downs one would see in such a business.

Amit:

Enjoyed the movie

ligne:

I really liked this movie and was looking for your notepad..why none here?

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