Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Review
There's a lot that's come as a package this time around with Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl - the Yash Raj Banner, the successful trio Maneesh Sharma, Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh that gave Hindi cinema a cult hit Band Baaja Baaraat, and the formula plot of conning along with a dash of girl-boy bashing. However, despite that the trade buzz of the film has been very average. Let's find out whether the film too turns out to be an average affair or do the mass get yet another BBB?
The film opens with a loud, brazen and brash Delhi kudi Dimple Chaddha (Parineeti Chopra) excited about showing her cleavage sheavage to her gym instructor turned boyfriend Sunny Singh. She regales in calling herself red hot and is head over heels in love with Sunny but even before their love graduates to something serious Sunny sweeps away a fat sum of 20Lac from her father and vanishes in thin air.
While Dimple nurses her heartbreak, somewhere in Mumbai the conman is locating his next victim - Raina Parulekar, a calm and stoic corporate woman who has to comply to her boss's whims and acquire a MF Hussain painting in just 72 hrs. Enters Deven Shah, an art curator and dealer who has exactly the painting she is looking for. So while Raina thinks herself to be smart enough to acquire a painting that wasn't even for sale initially, Deven sweeps away a staggering 60Lacs cash from right under her nose.
A conning of such a level calls media attention and Raina gets posted on national TV owing to which she gets connected not only with Dimple but also Saira and we are introduced to yet another master plan of the conman. Iqbal Khan, a coy businessman from a small town moves to Lucknow to find buyers for his goods. Saira (Aditi Sharma), a shy young widow, gets attracted to Iqbal and decides to help him with an order of worth 10Lacs!
The three forces get together eventually to avenge themselves. And in a bid to seek revenge hire Ishita Desai, a hardcore sales girl who can even sell spectacles to a blind man, to con this conman. Whether Ishita succeeds in doing so or gets conned in return follows through the rest of the plot.
Filmmaker Maneesh Sharma's biggest asset has been his fast paced direction. Never for once in the entire first half does he leave room for the audience to breath or think in order to analyze the plot. He packs his first half with razor sharp editing, exceptionally well written dialogues and outstanding acting. The second half however takes a beating by falling into the John Tucker Must Die mode with an addition of love track, romance and melodrama and also a traditional and tripe end.
The film can easily be reviewed and rated in a compartmentalized format and each and every aspect about it is distinguished.
1 complete star to Parineeti Chopra, this girl is a real revelation from the YRF banner. Her act of a loud Delhiite is a complete winner and also forms the best chapter of LVRB
1 star for Ranveer who proves with this film that he definitely isn't a one film wonder. The Goa portions of the film that have a chiseled Ranveer oiled and sizzling will surely attract hoards of female frenzy at the theaters.
1 star to the storyline that despite being run of the mill provided a much needed entertainment quotient.
Anushka Sharma's portions in the film are well shot but she doesn't take the cake this time around. Although her bikini clad avatar will definitely win her excessive male attention.
Over all, Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl may not be another Band Baaja Baaraat but undeniably calls for a good one time watch!
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