Raanjhanaa - External Reviews

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Raanjhanaa is an intense love story which is much more.

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40 reviewers have given Raanjhanaa an average rating of 3.9/5.0 (?)

26 yays
3 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Himanshu Sharma’s screenplay also leaves enough room for viewers who are thus inclined to condemn Zoya as a tease. Seriously, would a girl brought up in conservative Banaras openly embrace a guy on a street in that city? ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...love story extraordinaire... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The musical sequences take over storytelling duties from the songless stretches, and the film feels like a unified whole. ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...RAANJHANAA could have reached a different level altogether in this particular genre. But in its present avatar it just remains an above average love saga with a difference. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice ...Ranjhanaa’s songs are melodious but I feel not of the level that A. R. Rahman’s admirers expect from him. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...There are times when you feel Aanand might borrow from romantic movies of yore -- most storytellers take the tried and trusted course to appease the spectator -- but the plot changes relentlessly as it advances... full review

Thumbs up by Deboshree Ghosh, Bollywood Life ...it’s commercial and offbeat at the same time... full review

So-So by Siddhi Palande, BookmyShow ...Yet, the film has its moments of applause, whistles and claps.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...There is a lot that’s impressive about Raanjhanaa besides AR Rahman’s music.... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...The more inspired casting is to be discovered in the ensemble actually. Swara Bhaskar and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as the hero’s support systems, and Shilpi Marwaha, are unquestionably impressive. ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...The songs work well situationally but I couldn’t recall them after I left the theatre. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Rooted in Benaras, the film is refreshingly desi... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...The first half is so terrific that you feel you have stepped into another film post interval but leaving the political drama aside I liked the second half too.... full review

So-So by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Sonam is at ease playing Zoya. She carries the heavy burden of making a smooth transition from being the effervescent girl next door to someone who is dealing with sudden loss. Also full credit to her for looking the part. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Thankfully Dhanush's infectious presence makes it worth your while, so that even though you have misgivings about the film’s trajectory, you have no regrets having watched it.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...The contrast between the North Indian setting and the South Indian hero is both amusing and ironic.... full review

So-So by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost ...The film is long, and every now and then you wish things would happen a little bit quicker, but it’s still not unbearably tedious.... full review

Thumbs down by Piyasree Dasgupta, FirstPost ...The biggest problem with Raanjhanaa isn’t the fact that Sonam Kapoor’s evolution as an actress means she now has a sum total of three expressions. Neither is it that according to Rai’s worldview, JNU and common sense are mutually exclusive. ... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...The narrative spiel takes one bizarre turn after another and the characters behave with near total self obsession that it’s just not funny or entertaining. ... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...The dialogues by Himanshu Sharma are the highlight of the film. The lines are pithy, earthy and wonderfully funny. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It is not perfect, but it will do... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Deogire, In.com ...Now here’s a role that Sonam Kapoor can be proud of. ... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Aanand L Rai who gave us an acute, well-observed small town sensibility in his first film Tanu Weds Manu, brings the same skill sets to Raanjhanaa. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...rises above regular romance!... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...If you are expecting a full-on love story, Raanjhanaa manages to not fulfill those expectations. But as a film, it works.... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Yet again, the second half goes absolutely haywire and butchers the high the film’s first half attains.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The second half is less life-like. The director does not seem entirely at ease with the familiar Delhi scene of political tussles—between corruption and idealism, the big greedy wolves and the kurta-wearing small elite.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Abhay Deol fits the character he plays and carries it off pretty effortlessly too.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...A colourful, vibrant and a touching story, Raanjhanaa however seems to lose focus to an extent in the second half.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...You will love the characters and performances along with brilliant cinematic experience in the first half.... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...The story is anything but a straightforward romance. If you're going in to watch it as a date film, check yourself. Raanjhanaa is expansive.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...She does not miss a trick in conveying the emotional ups and downs of a small-town girl who grows out of her moorings over a period of nearly a decade. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...despite its flaws in the story is one of the best romantic films of the recent times. A definite watch for all. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...isn't easy viewing but works thanks to Dhanush's powerful performance and A R Rahman's score... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...In spite of these flaws, “Raanjhanaa” works but mainly because Rai dares to make a love story that doesn’t follow set norms.... full review

Thumbs up by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...Bull’s eye for Dhanush, HI five for Sonam... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...India will fall in love, again.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...You may not like this film if you cannot digest brooding love stories.... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...The climax just falls short of our expectations when it refrains from taking the big leap and instead choses to play it safe.... full review

Thumbs up by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...Technically too, the film is very sound. The credit goes to the cinematographers Natarajan Subramaniam and Vishal Sinha for capturing the best visuals of Benaras and also for aesthetically portraying the rustic bylanes of the town. ... full review