Sunday, December 12, 2010

Band Baaja Baraat (2010) - Review

Stepped out of the theatre an hour back. Couldn't resist writing this one. Band Baaja Baraat is 140 minutes well spent.

The newbie Ranveer Singh is brilliant as Bittoo. [Near-ugly looking, but does give a glance of Ranbir Kapoor - especially his hairdo! Anyone?]. His angrezi is as good as his sense of binnuss. (He means business). He wants to make it to the top. But how? That's when he bumps into Anushka aka Shruti Kakkar, who is driven, ambitious and has a plan!

I loved Ranvir for his raw, coquettish ways but Anushka totally took me by surprise in this one. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi did little for me to take note of her as an actor but she totally rocked my boat in Band Baaja Baraat! Together they make an entertaining pair.

What works besides a strong script is a gripping screenplay (courtesy Habib Faisal - who also has to his credit, films like Do Dooni Chaar, Salaam Namaste). Also, it isn't very often you come across Bollywood filming sensual scenes with ease. And Band Baaja Baraat does it convincingly.

Overall, the film wondrously recreates the magic of Dilli - the shaadis, the people, the culture, the language, the food. Everything about it. From Janakpuri to Sainak Farms, dilliwallas sure can't afford to miss this one.

Music by Salim-Suleimaan scores big time, helping the film forward. Aivee Aivee is scattered in bits and parts throughout the movie but you'll love it every time it plays. Thumbs down to the last track Dum Mast. Slackens the pace of the otherwise pacy film.

I'm sure the directors and actors have had as much fun making the film as the audiences had, watching it.