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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.Read more
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.
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 ...to 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...
The music seems to have caught on very well. Do read Vishal's awesome interview on the music of Anjaana Anjaani
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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!
- meeta, a part of the audience
Mr. Siddharth Anand and I need to have a word about lousy endings to films with decent starts and middles. That aside, I'm mighty pleased with the missing voiceover introductions. It also helps that there is no need for self-referencing with a producer who is not one Mr. Chopra. Worry not, I liked Anjaana Anjaani for the things that it is too. It is funny, it is crisp, it uses every-day, fun, and friendly quips to keep you laughing even though the story is not really moving on.
I've always been allured to the topic of 'suicide'. Does it take more strength to end one's life or to face it? No, no, no there is no such deep philosophy being discussed in the film (except for one lame monologue attempted by Tanvi Azmi which the film could have so done without). In fact, the time devoted to the three acts is too staggered. It's like two hours into the two-and-a-half hour film there was a desperate rush for a conflict. The late arrival takes away from what could otherwise have been a wonderful and I daresay 'real-life' dilemma.
A 150-minute film with only two main characters sounds excessive. This unjustifiable excess makes film seem slow and worse yet, banality of the characters' problems comes through. Suddenly, an issue that you could identify with comes across as self-obsession of the rich and the mindless. I'm not saying I want poverty porn, but fat fairy tale in party-land got tedious for a bit.
Sure, Anjaana Anjaani talks about the last wish(es) and hints towards the meaning of life. It's all too superficial though. Because that concept is not the focus. It's just the thread holding the two characters together.
These two characters get to know each other while we are getting to know them too. We are a part of their journey. They remind us of friends we have; those who get drunk and are more fun than ever; those who are hurting inside but are always making people around them laugh; those who we tolerate despite their self-obsessed sulking. Thankfully, there aren't too many side characters hovering around.
Just imagine having to see pink-lipstick-hyperventilating friend more than the two minutes of his screen time. Sheesh. We already had Zayed Khan overstaying his welcome.
Ranbir Kapoor, well, we are too accustomed to see him fall in love and realize it. He does it well without making it look like puppy love any more (despite his puppy eyes). So well, that I expect no less from him and give no extra credit when he meets those expectations. Tough luck, dude, bane of being a good romantic hero.
O-kay enough beating around the bush! I cannot keep myself from raving about Priyanka Chopra any more. Wow! Has the lady eased into her role as an actor on this earth or has she? Her comic timing, lilt in dialogue delivery, pauses are just brilliant. Her smile has a screen presence of its own but she doesn't overuse it. When her eyes reflect the pain she's going through, you want to hurt the make-up person who glycerinated them.
Of course, a lot of her dialogue delivery was possible only because of the dialogue. But, every once in a while it would go the cliché way, making the eye roll inevitable. Also the writing department seems to have taken a leave when the climax was being shot. Oops! I already complained about that. Well, it was that bad. It also hurt a bit that though the movie revolved around a woman, her life revolved around the men in her life. No career, no money worry, unabashedly dependent. I guess I have to live with it being a story about a woman like that.
Also, such a movie does annoying things to stick to mainstream formula while trying its bit to be different. Are we such snobs as an audience that we can't take our glam doll's hair out of place even when she is completely distraught? Do we have to snicker and make caricatures out of the queer?
An urban tale about a generation that doesn't know its way around. You can identify with the problems and the way they are put forth. Even though it is difficult to react similarly or arrive at the same solutions.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Vivek Kar, AOL INDIA : ...Those who are not fond of romantic stories may find this 'Anjaana Anjaani' too mushy for their liking. However, the humour that the director has liberally infused in the movie makes it bearable... full review
Thumbs up, by Beth, Beth Loves Bollywood : ...remarkably there isn't even a maliciously lechy white dude to frighten Priyanka or token hip-hop dance troupe as the lead pair walks around New York.... full review
So-So, by Fatema Kagalwala , Cinemaa Online : ...The feeling he puts into his sketchy character is a pleasure to experience making a lot of things digestible by his presence rather than the inherent merit of the instances. ... full review
So-So, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Even the journeys they undertake and the adventures they get into aren’t so enjoyable or entertaining that the audience would love for them to be a part of them.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ... But in absence of an adequate, strong and emotional script, their performances unfortunately just remain floating on the surface.... full review
Thumbs down, by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice : ...Scenes haven't been deliberately lifted from the names mentioned, but the treatment leaves a sense of Déja-vu and strong predictability easily decodable by anyone who has seen a bunch of romantic comedies.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...And where it has the actors drinking beer when it wants to establish that the woman is liberated--not enough to sleep around, mind you, but enough to get drunk.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ... In one ridiculous scene, Kiara tells Akash how he's a perpetual escapist. Strange, considering escapism is the heartbeat of this gloss floss. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored : ...reminds you of the excessively fussy couches-beds-wall-posters of the Aditya Chopra-Karan Johar bon bons. Aha, after all the décor is handled by Chopra-Jo’s regular production designer Sharmishta Roy.... full review
Thumbs down, by filmbear, Upper Stall : ...Yet the filmmakers have chosen the most obvious and least interesting path for the characters to take. Not to mention, bordering on the absurd.... full review
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Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.
Boy, Aakash meets girl, Kiara. They both want to commit suicide. But, fate wants them to wait. They wait together.