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Bachna Ae Haseeno: Ranbir comes out shining

August 15, 2008

Dreamy locales, designer threads, wedding sequences, racy numbers and a happy ending — Yash Raj Films finally got the formula right.”Bachna Ae Haseeno” has all this and more. It’s a formula film no doubt, but it has its heart in the right place.

Bachna Ae HaseenoSo when you are introduced to Raj Sharma, an incorrigible flirt and lovable rascal with a serious commitment phobia — you kind of take to him immediately.

He meets girls, makes promises of everlasting love and then disappears. First, its Mahi (played by Minissha Lamba), a sweet Punjabi girl he meets on a trip to Switzerland, then Radhika (played by Bipasha Basu), an ambitious model.

Third time around, our hero is struck really hard — when he meets Gayatri (Deepika Padukone). They drive around Sydney at odd hours, dance around exotic beaches (watch out for the beautifully shot ‘Khuda Jaane’ track) and of course fall in love. Now here comes the twist, which of course we won’t tell you.

Let me just say that a turn of events prompts Raj to revisit Mahi and Radhika to make amends. The rest of the film focuses on this mission.

It’s obvious right from the first frame that this is Ranbir Kapoor’s film through and through — and he comes out shining. His first film (“Saawariya”) didn’t showcase his comic talent and it’s quite obvious Kapoor has lots of it. He pulls off the scenes with the right amount of goofiness and innocence.

The three leading ladies perform well and look great — Yash Raj heroines always do, so that’s not a big surprise. Deepika and Ranbir’s chemistry is crackling on screen but Bipasha and Ranbir also make a great pair.

A bigger surprise is Kunal Kapoor’s character — it’s a pleasure watching him on screen and it’s difficult to say more without giving away details, so we’ll stop.

Director Siddharth Anand takes “Bachna Ae Haseeno” where many Indian films have gone before — it has shades of “Hum Tum”, “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (although the last one is intentional).

At the end of it, “Bachna Ae Haseeno” is not a masterpiece but it is a likeable film and an honest effort, which is more than we can say for recent releases in Bollywood.

Comments

I am afraid Deepika is the weakest link in BAH. She looked like an overdressed transvestite.

Posted by Prabal | Report as abusive
 

omg!!!…i wanna see da movie…ranbir is really hot in it!!!…thank u guys foh tellin a bit abt the movie n i luk forward to watchin it!!!

Posted by tenzin*** | Report as abusive
 

I didn’t like it.

Posted by Jas | Report as abusive
 

This movie was a piece of trash. Acting not up to the mark.

Posted by Jas | Report as abusive
 

lovely movie!! ranbir is hot

 

ahhhhh [: nice film. loved it. ranbir is so damn hot. ima go and watch it again. loved it.x.

Posted by nainz | Report as abusive
 

the first half was good the later is boring.

Posted by as u wish | Report as abusive
 

dost see it

Posted by kushal | Report as abusive
 

caution:
don’t see it my dear friends

Posted by kushal | Report as abusive
 

BAH is the most terrific romantic movie in last couple of years. It has a message to convey and it does it brilliantly. As far as acting is concerned Ranbir proves that he the Kapoor legacy continues and I am sure Rishi Kapoor will be as proud as his father was when he gace Bobby. In all a brilliant effort and mission accomplished.

Posted by Neek Mani Shukl | Report as abusive
 

ya definateli BAH is a fun & romatic movie….ranbir is lukin damn handsome in da movie…Bips again showed that she is still da hottest blonde in da industry….minisha also lookin good…but i dnt think deepika is that much impressive….newayz movie is worth a watch…enjoi….

 

Liked the movie a lot though by no means is it a great movie. Ranbir is seriously hot and Bipasha and Minisha were wonderful!

Posted by Reshma Shergill | Report as abusive
 

well this is movie is remake of Alfie, i just don’t get why people can make such idiot remake. God tussi great ho also a remake(better to say copied movie ) movie with Indian masala.

Posted by jeet | Report as abusive
 

have nothing to work on then go watch the movie

 

MOVIE IS GOOD

Posted by amit gupta | Report as abusive
 

the movie connects to you instantly… its for the youth with songs you can hear again and again… ranbir is cute int eh flick and for a change i liked Minishaa as well… m in for the third time … this movie is mast…

Posted by tanaya | Report as abusive
 

U LOOKS LIKE MY BOY FRIEND. AND OFFCOURSE U R VERY CUTE. I WISH EVERY SUCCESS IN UR LIFE.

Posted by SHONA | Report as abusive
 

how could the editor not mention hiten paintal.. he was the BEST performer after ranbir and their chemistry was mind blowing…
for hiten fans.. chk out this link..
http://broadband.smashits.com/view/208/f itness-mantra—hiten-paintal.

Posted by arpita mazundar | Report as abusive
 

Yes,, my only thoughts right now are bachna is movie se… see thats what happens when you go for a movie with certain expectations and then you are let down…… had heard mixed reviews about this movie.. but the storyline seemed promising and to be honest in the last couple of weeks there has not been any bollywood movie to talk about….. let me start with what i liked about the movie – Deepika Padukone… am of the opinion she is brilliant… emotes well, no overacting.. actually i really really like her.. i think she is the next best thing to happen to bolloywood….after who?? i wonder…. anyways.. Bips looked hot…. but wat was that song all about .. lucky boy… truly disappointing…. !! Minissha lamba- wats up with her? she looked like an old haggard….did u notice her dancing…. she is sad… did not know whr her hands and feet were going….. we had a nice laugh during the song which is shot in switzerland… forget it though… music of the movie except ” Khjuda jaane ” is not something you would want to listen to …… wat do i have to say about Ranbir Kapoor – well he looked ok during the sydney stint with the white jacket do…. but there is something amiss…..first , he looks too girly to me, cannot emote i feel, just does not make an impression at all…..
so overall… the movie was not impressive at all.. thumbs down..!!!!

Posted by Mona | Report as abusive
 

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