Starring : Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Shilpi Marwaha,
Swara Bhaskar, Md Zeeshan Ayyub
Director : Anand L. Rai
Producer: Krishika Lulla
Screenplay & Story : Himanshu Sharma
Music : A.R. Rahman
Rating : 4/5
I am the kind of person who doesn’t watch a movie if it doesn’t get 4 stars. Raanjhanaa is my first attempt where I broke my own rule (though I wasn’t aware of it). I am happy that I didn’t bother checking the reviews and ratings online as I might have missed this superbly crafted melodrama. Before Raanjhanaa all I knew about Dhanush were limited to his ‘Kolavery di’ gig and him being Rajnikant’s son-in-law. Now that I have seen him on his Bollywood debut I must admit his acting is worth every cent I have spent.
Anand L. Rai has acclaimed his foothold in the industry through his unconventional directional debut with Tanu weds Manu. He came up as a promising director and proved himself again in his second movie Raanjhanaa. The plot hangs around the lead character Kundan (Dhanush) and his unrequited love for Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), who loves Jasjeet (Abhay Deol). Kundan is a simple Banarasi Brahmin boy was infatuated with Zoya (who is Muslim) since his childhood. As they turn teens he dares to propose her which sadly ends up taking her hundreds of miles away from him but they promise to meet again someday. He waits for her for 8 long years and life doesn’t change for him while she touches new milestones of her life and meets someone whom she considers more dignified and well-bred. The realization that his love is just one-sided abhors him to the limit of vengeance. However, the result of his acts makes him contemplate and self introspect to redeem for what went wrong.
The story is superbly written, executed and it brought out the best of each character. A.R. Rahman’s music brought a breath of fresh air and the songs were well placed in the movie. I would highly recommend to watch Raanjhanaa. It reminds me of few lines from one of Abraham Cowley’s translations of Anacreon’s verses:
A Mighty pain to Love it is,
And ’tis a pain that pain to miss.
But of all pains the greatest pain
It is to love, but love in vain.