Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Anjaana Anjaani: Suicidal story
Making a film with just two characters and about their journey towards love is a concept that has worked quite well in the past.
The Ethan Hawke starrer “Before Sunrise” and its sequel “Before Sunset” come to mind immediately. These films had at their centre a great love story between two very interesting people and their interaction with each other itself was enough to take the story forward.
It is of course entirely to the credit of the director and the scriptwriter that he can achieve that.
And no matter how many foreign locales director Siddharth Anand shoots in and no matter how American his characters talk and act, he doesn’t come even close to creating that kind of interest and sympathy for them, or his film for that matter.
“Anjaana Anjaani” is about Kiara and Aakash, two very whiny people who meet each other when they are trying to kill themselves but by the time they change their mind, you might want to do the deed for them.
They spend the two-and-a-half-hour film driving around the desert and swimming in freezing water, pretending they are friends, when you could have saved them that trouble and told them they were going to fall in love in the first five minutes of the film. Their exchanges are childish to say the least and have none of the freshness and originality you might expect from a film that is anyway re-hashing an old formula.
Both Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra share a good chemistry on screen but give the sense that they are trying too hard to make up for the listless script. The last scene especially is so bad it is cringeworthy and both actors ham it up like there is no tomorrow.
Avoid this one unless you want to die of boredom.