Band Baaja Baaraat Review
Yash Raj has not had the best year. They started the years with a bad Pyaar Impossible. They did have some respite in Badmaash Company but the next Lafange Parindey stuck sore too. Anushka Sharma, who was also a part of Badmaash Company, may just turn lucky for the production house as she returns with Band Baaja Baarat - a simple, warm, colorful love story of two friends and business partners.
Band Baaja Baarat is about Bitto Sharma (Ranveer Singh) and Shruti Kakkar (Anushka Sharma). They are friends who decide to start a business on the principle that love and business can't go together. However as they walk the steps of success they draw closer to each other till one of them falls in love.
While the first half is well paced the second half is slower but that is acceptable keeping in mind genre of the film. Also it cannot be denied that the second half is predictable, like any other romantic comedy. What works best for the film are the lead characters and the dialogues. Writer Habib Faisal, who had debuted as a director with a very likeable Do Dooni Chaar earlier this year, does what he does best. He sets the story and characters in Delhi - a setting he seems to be very comfortable in.
And there are a few scenes which are written well and executed equally beautifully by the director. For example the first kiss scene and the tension around it is built very well.
Technically it is as good as any Yash Raj film. It has been shot and edited very well. The songs that may seem just above par as standalone album comes alive on screen and is well placed.
This is just Anushka Sharma's third release and one thing is pretty clear - she is here to stay. The actress who is yet to have any release outside Yash Raj establishes that she has it in her to make it bigger than just be a subordinate to the hero. In fact in Band Baaja Baarat she leads the way as the more experienced actor between the two leads. Having said that newcomer Ranveer Singh shows extraordinary screen presence and confidence. What works for him is that the character is extremely likable.
Band Baaja Baarat is definitely one of the better romantic-comedies in some time. Debutant director Maneesh Sharma deserves accolades for bringing this effort.
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