Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani: Ranbir saving grace

November 6, 2009

You hear the words Rajkumar Santoshi and comedy in one sentence and you immediately think — “Andaz Apna Apna”.

Fifteen years later, Santoshi is back with another comic caper, this time starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.  But if you are expecting another “Andaz Apna Apna”, you will be sorely disappointed.

This film has almost nothing going for it and if it weren’t for some funny moments in the first half and the brilliant comic timing of Ranbir Kapoor, it would have sunk into oblivion.

Ranbir plays Prem Shankar Sharma, a loveable but good-for-nothing young man who runs something called a “Happy Club” (the purpose of this club is unclear).

He meets Jenny (Katrina Kaif), falls in love and spends the film’s first half wooing her. This is the half that is funny in parts and will make you laugh.
Unfortunately, it is all downhill from there.

Jenny, it turns out, is in love with Rahul (Upen Patel with an atrocious accent) but cannot marry him because Rahul’s father is a politician afraid of losing ‘Hindu’ votes if his son marries a Christian. Our filmmakers are inventing newer obstacles in the path of love.

So Prem puts aside his “prem” and sets about helping Jenny get hers. The second half has some funny moments, like the scene between Prem’s parents, but otherwise the script wears thin.

“Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani” has some really shoddy editing and awkward dialogues. Upen Patel’s accent makes it hard to understand anything he says, and even when you do understand, he delivers emotional dialogues in such a deadpan manner you wonder whether he understood them in the first place.

Katrina Kaif is pleasing on the eye and manages some comic expressions but the real star is Ranbir Kapoor. He has such a screen presence and brilliant comic timing you cannot look away from the screen even during the most inane scenes.

It is the mark of a star to be able to stand out among mediocrity and indeed Kapoor is the only reason anyone should watch this film. This is really his story.

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i AM SO hAPPY i LOVE bOLLYWOOD.

Posted by Jennifer Gentzyel | Report as abusive

Perhaps Ranbir and Shahid Kapoor are the future of the hindi film industry and if not at least they can start playing 20 year olds more convincingly. The thought of Aamir Khan still playing a college student (unless he’s one who failed a decade at a stretch) is quite disturbing.

Posted by rambler | Report as abusive

The Bestest Movie I Have Ever SeenJust An Awesome Comedy/ Romance Movie.I Love It.I Have Been sad For The Past Few Weeks, Feeling Like Theres nothing To Look Forward To In Life, Then I Watched Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. Smiles Laughter And Tears. Great Moive Love ItRanbir Kapoor And Katrina Kaif I Love You Both!

Posted by Sara | Report as abusive

hey…ranbir kapoor can never let his fans down..indeed he’s awesome…our industry’s future!! keep it up ranbir!!

Posted by Somya tyagi | Report as abusive

Ranbir is a chocolate boy and KAtrina looks like his aunt in the movie!

Posted by dsfs | Report as abusive

I watched this movie today… its okay in the first half and turns out to be a streched one in the later part.Good acting by ranbir saves this movie!nothing great with the story, nor the concept…Christians must watch this movie, they will love it, specially the climax…I was expecting something better from Rajkumar Santoshi to be honest, but on an average a good timepass movie :)

Posted by Darshan | Report as abusive

WEll said…I agree to what all u have seen ..But i would not go to a extent saying the movie is bad ..it is a real Feel Good movie …and Ranvir has stolen all of it ..it is HIS movie ..has some awesome scenes, specially the church scene ..Overall it will be a hitIf Om shanti Om can be a Hit why not this movie. It is much better movieDeep S

Posted by Deepak | Report as abusive

ranbir your dialogues were outstanding and your comic timing was mind blowing

Posted by aniruddha borkar | Report as abusive

I think Ranbir Kapoor was very cute & adorable but the movie was very much an Ok..Not that great. Tolerable for few one-liners. Ranbir Kapoor is definitely our future Superstars, Looks- Style, Acting..He’s got it all.

Posted by Deepa | Report as abusive

super duper hit movie…d chemistry of Ranbir Katrina was awesome….whole movie was full of fun..i would love 2watch it again….

I think there is nothing fresh in the movie except Ranbir Kapur, its his movie, and he rocked.

Total Bakwaas Movie…

Posted by Jay | Report as abusive

Ranbir’s comic timing is good in the movie.. But the whole movie is a hodge-podge of Andaz apna apna.. There are many scenes from the old movie in this one. Literally Amir’s father son relation dailogues are the same type in APGK plus the climax is somewat copied and Katrina is totally plastic no emotions..

Posted by gisl | Report as abusive

Hellooooooo Guys, I watched this movie on 09th on my friends Birthday. Movie is great, like everyone already mention in above blogs. Ranbir acting is awsome, nice direction and good time pass.. We all had a very nice time while watching this movie. As Times Of India rated this movie *****…. So Guys watch it..

Posted by Deepak Kumar. | Report as abusive

” ranbir i love you”

Posted by PAARTIKA JASROTIA | Report as abusive

A movie that does tickle your funny bone while trying to make you feel the emotional undertone when our Kat is simply delaying to acknowledge Ranbir’s love. About acting I think like wine Ranbir is getting better every passing day. His expressions are contemporary, timely and appropriate. Katrina didn’t have much scope to show off her prowess except her “pleasing on eyes” looks. That climax was a bit funny and looked out of place. Somebody appearing like Jesus leads Ranbir back to the church and Katrina waiting there looked a desperate attempt by santoshi to conclude the movie- thanks God ……. he knows how people reacted to what’s ur rashee?

Posted by Ved Prakash Pati | Report as abusive

rabir is sooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttteeeeeeee

Posted by shakshi | Report as abusive

This was a major let down. Why was it such a big hit? I was really disappointed. It just dragged on and on .. there is no real story to speak of .. they could have finished the story in an hour.. The songs were just pushed into the movie .. suddenly they would start singing for no reason .. the jokes are not funny .. at the end of it I wanted my money back .. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME .. i lost 2 1/2 hours of my life.. dont make the same mistake .. Having watched Ghayal and Damini .. this was a poor effort from Rajkumar Santoshi

Posted by Nitin | Report as abusive

ket, u looking gourgeous, it’s nice movie.

Posted by Ankit Shah | Report as abusive

ranbir ur just awesome…..though it seemed to be a bit unreal at the climax and the storyline was not that good enough….it was a good one time watch….. all thanx to ranbir

nice movie

Posted by LICOFINDIA | Report as abusive