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Post by ashdoc on Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:04 pm

Raanjhanaa.....So what does it mean...??

It is nothing but an endearing way of calling someone as Ranjha---the tragic lover of the doomed romance of Heer Ranjha.....

What I did not know before seeing the movie was the intensity with which the title would be justified----both by the director who shows the hero love the woman he loves with a passion rarely matched by anybody even in the mushy romantic movies , and also by the actor ( Dhanush ) who puts up a superlative performance putting heart and soul into his acting .

The movie is tailormade for Dhanush....

.....For he looks exactly like the loafer he is supposed to be---a low life from Banaras who wastes his time pining for the girl he loves rather than make something of his life....

His foolishness does not stop there....The girl ( Sonam Kapoor ) he chooses to love is a muslim---a community that tore the nation apart and created eternal enemy Pakistan and is therefore doomed to be permanently at loggerheads with the hindus , the community of Kundan ( Dhanush's name in the film ).....
Not only that but he also falls in love with someone who belongs to a higher class than himself and is more sophisticated and urbane and classy than a small town bumpkin like himself .

In doing this he overlooks the affection that a girl of his standard ( played by Swara Bhaskar ) has for him---and the fact that Bindiya ( Swara ) looks good enough to eat makes you wonder about his monumental stupidity....

And the girl he loves ( Sonam ).....She is not a bad person but she looks at him with benign contempt as someone who can be a friend at best and someone who is a useful tool to achieve her ends at worst.....

.....And those ends include using him to ward off potential suiters brought by her parents and zero in on what she actually wants in life....

But Zoya ( Sonam ) has colossally misunderstood the madness of Kundan's love for her....

And the madness of his love leads him to do something that shatters her dreams and her life....

Its upto Kundan to make amends for his stupendous perfidy....

And his attempt to make amends for his past takes him in chase of Zoya from his hometown Varanasi to big city Delhi....

And in the nation's capital Delhi big things beckon him....He discovers a new side to himself and can make a success of his life and become equal to Zoya and even better than her....finally !!!

So can he make amends for his mistakes that cost Zoya so dearly ??

Can he become a success in life ??

But the million dollar question ( or should the amount be jacked up to a billion , considering the gravity of the question for Dhanush ) is---can he get Zoya ??

Go and watch the movie for that....

The triumph of the director lies in showing a seamless transition of Kundan's life in Banaras to the college politics of Delhi and from there to the big stage in the capital . The students and politics of Delhi university are well shown , and what is even better shown is small town bumpkin Kundan's effortless blending with city sophisticates .

At long last and after many flops it's a triumph for Sonam Kapoor as well---she has maintained her innocence in the film well even as she makes use of Dhanush for getting what she wants , and has acted even better as the grieving woman with a chip on her shoulder who has lost what she wants and is determined to get revenge in the later part of the film .

But lording over it all is the depth of Kundan's love for Zoya , and it is to the credit of Dhanush as an actor that we begin to have respect for his love as the film progresses---or maybe it is simple respect for his sheer persistence.....

The film goes through several twists and turns but never turns dull throughout ; keeps you interested all along....

Acting by everyone is good , and the atmosphere of Banaras is perfectly created .

Verdict---Really good .

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Post by Merlot Daruwala on Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:21 am

ashdoc wrote:And the girl he loves ( Sonam ).....She is not a bad person but she looks at him with benign contempt as someone who can be a friend at best and someone who is a useful tool to achieve her ends at wost.....And those ends include using him to ward off potential suiters brought by her parents and zero in on what she actually wants in life....

But Zoya ( Sonam ) has colossally misunderstood the madness of Kundan's love for her....

And the madness of his love leads him to do something that shatters her dreams and her life....
In real life, that would be an acid attack.

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Post by Captain Bhankas on Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:02 am

no mention of the actor who played kundan's friend? i think he had the best lines in the movie and he delivered them perfectly. 

the second half of this movie was astonishingly bad. introduction of that wooden deol and that nonsense around JNU was totally unnecessary. that ruined the movie or me. not to mention the ending that left me wondering WTF zoya's character was all about.

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Post by ashdoc on Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:27 am

Captain Bhankas wrote:no mention of the actor who played kundan's friend? i think he had the best lines in the movie and he delivered them perfectly. 



Mohammad zeeshan ayub---yeah , that was a good performance from him . i tend to concentrate on the main theme of the film and not on other actors or factors . you will notice i generally have nothing to say about the music of a film etc . this is not a professional review anyway .

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Post by ashdoc on Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:29 am

Merlot Daruwala wrote:

In real life, that would be an acid attack.

no , but something almost as bad .

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Post by iTEDx on Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:08 am

Sorry ashdoc, but brings be back  to the original question- does the subliminal message this movie is sending out goes straight to the luccha lufangas in india who molest girls and aids in crime against women??

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Post by ashdoc on Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:34 am

iTEDx wrote:Sorry ashdoc, but brings be back  to the original question- does the subliminal message this movie is sending out goes straight to the luccha lufangas in india who molest girls and aids in crime against women??


no , kundan does not hurt zoya in that manner . but if i tell here as to what happens then the surprise of the movie will be gone .

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Post by ashdoc on Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:57 am

earlier i had not figured out a way of answering without revealing the story but now i think i can answer without revealing the story .

zoya has been hiding a secret . when kundan comes to know about it ,in a fit of jealousy he reveals it to the person zoya does not want it to be revealed to .

the disclosure of the secret causes immense harm to zoya's life . but he is not a molester .

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Post by iTEDx on Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:53 am

Given the no one will probably go and watch this film, can you please tell us what exactly did Kundan do? BTW I saw Sonam Kapoor at Olive the other day. She was with that Dhanush dude and others that looked like members of a film crew. She was sipping on some cocktail, looked OMFG pretty :-)

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Post by Obnoxious on Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:11 pm

Here is a better review.

http://mumbaiboss.com/2013/06/24/the-vigil-idiot-raanjhanaa/

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Post by ashdoc on Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:21 pm

iTEDx wrote:Given the no one will probably go and watch this film, can you please tell us what exactly did Kundan do?


ok , i will take your word and tell the secret .

after befriending kundan , zoya explains to him that marriage between a hindu guy and muslim girl is not possible as they belong to different religions and asks him to forget her . reluctantly kundan agrees to this and decides to leave her alone .

but then she tells him that she loves a muslim guy ( abhay deol ) and large hearted kundan agrees to convince her father that he should agree to her marriage with this guy .

he even agrees to marry bindiya ( swara bhasker ) in order to forget zoya and his marriage is fixed with bindiya on the same day zoya is to marry her muslim boyfriend .

but to his shock on the marriage day kundan comes to know that zoya's  boyfriend in fact is a sikh and not a muslim !!

not only zoya has been lying to him and her parents ( abhay the sikh has agreed to marry in muslim manner so as not to raise suspicions of zoya's parents ) about the religion of her boyfriend but has lied to him that marriage between her and a nonmuslim is not possible . above all she has used kundan to convince her parents that that must agree to her marriage . kundan feels used and his trust abused by her by making him go to her parents to make them agree to her marriage---as he has gone to convince her parents thinking that she is marrying within her own religion .

angered by this kundan goes to her marriage venue and tells the truth to her father . all hell breaks loose and abhay is murdered by the angry muslims assembled there .

realising his perfidy too late kundan tries to save abhay by rushing him to hospital but it is too late....

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Post by ashdoc on Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:27 pm

Appalamma wrote:Here is a better review.

http://mumbaiboss.com/2013/06/24/the-vigil-idiot-raanjhanaa/
this guy is always poking fun at every film .

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Post by Kris on Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:48 am

ashdoc wrote:
iTEDx wrote:Given the no one will probably go and watch this film, can you please tell us what exactly did Kundan do?


ok , i will take your word and tell the secret .

after befriending kundan , zoya explains to him that marriage between a hindu guy and muslim girl is not possible as they belong to different religions and asks him to forget her . reluctantly kundan agrees to this and decides to leave her alone .

but then she tells him that she loves a muslim guy ( abhay deol ) and large hearted kundan agrees to convince her father that he should agree to her marriage with this guy .

he even agrees to marry bindiya ( swara bhasker ) in order to forget zoya and his marriage is fixed with bindiya on the same day zoya is to marry her muslim boyfriend .

but to his shock on the marriage day kundan comes to know that zoya's  boyfriend in fact is a sikh and not a muslim !!

not only zoya has been lying to him and her parents ( abhay the sikh has agreed to marry in muslim manner so as not to raise suspicions of zoya's parents ) about the religion of her boyfriend but has lied to him that marriage between her and a nonmuslim is not possible . above all she has used kundan to convince her parents that that must agree to her marriage . kundan feels used and his trust abused by her by making him go to her parents to make them agree to her marriage---as he has gone to convince her parents thinking that she is marrying within her own religion .

angered by this kundan goes to her marriage venue and tells the truth to her father . all hell breaks loose and abhay is murdered by the angry muslims assembled there .

realising his perfidy too late kundan tries to save abhay by rushing him to hospital but it is too late....

>>> like that old lily tomlin joke about the guy who invented muzak, I am worried now that the guy who wrote this story may be writing some other story as we speak:)

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Post by ashdoc on Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:03 am

Kris wrote:
ashdoc wrote:
iTEDx wrote:Given the no one will probably go and watch this film, can you please tell us what exactly did Kundan do?


ok , i will take your word and tell the secret .

after befriending kundan , zoya explains to him that marriage between a hindu guy and muslim girl is not possible as they belong to different religions and asks him to forget her . reluctantly kundan agrees to this and decides to leave her alone .

but then she tells him that she loves a muslim guy ( abhay deol ) and large hearted kundan agrees to convince her father that he should agree to her marriage with this guy .

he even agrees to marry bindiya ( swara bhasker ) in order to forget zoya and his marriage is fixed with bindiya on the same day zoya is to marry her muslim boyfriend .

but to his shock on the marriage day kundan comes to know that zoya's  boyfriend in fact is a sikh and not a muslim !!

not only zoya has been lying to him and her parents ( abhay the sikh has agreed to marry in muslim manner so as not to raise suspicions of zoya's parents ) about the religion of her boyfriend but has lied to him that marriage between her and a nonmuslim is not possible . above all she has used kundan to convince her parents that that must agree to her marriage . kundan feels used and his trust abused by her by making him go to her parents to make them agree to her marriage---as he has gone to convince her parents thinking that she is marrying within her own religion .

angered by this kundan goes to her marriage venue and tells the truth to her father . all hell breaks loose and abhay is murdered by the angry muslims assembled there .

realising his perfidy too late kundan tries to save abhay by rushing him to hospital but it is too late....

>>> like that old lily tomlin joke about the guy who invented muzak, I am worried now that the guy who wrote this story may be writing some other story as we speak:)
you south indians are just unhappy aren't you , that southie dhanush has been shown as a loafer in the film---who is not even worthy of the girl's attentions  ??

thats why all the criticizm of the movie.....Rolling Eyes

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Post by Kris on Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:53 am

ashdoc wrote:
Kris wrote:
ashdoc wrote:
iTEDx wrote:Given the no one will probably go and watch this film, can you please tell us what exactly did Kundan do?


ok , i will take your word and tell the secret .

after befriending kundan , zoya explains to him that marriage between a hindu guy and muslim girl is not possible as they belong to different religions and asks him to forget her . reluctantly kundan agrees to this and decides to leave her alone .

but then she tells him that she loves a muslim guy ( abhay deol ) and large hearted kundan agrees to convince her father that he should agree to her marriage with this guy .

he even agrees to marry bindiya ( swara bhasker ) in order to forget zoya and his marriage is fixed with bindiya on the same day zoya is to marry her muslim boyfriend .

but to his shock on the marriage day kundan comes to know that zoya's  boyfriend in fact is a sikh and not a muslim !!

not only zoya has been lying to him and her parents ( abhay the sikh has agreed to marry in muslim manner so as not to raise suspicions of zoya's parents ) about the religion of her boyfriend but has lied to him that marriage between her and a nonmuslim is not possible . above all she has used kundan to convince her parents that that must agree to her marriage . kundan feels used and his trust abused by her by making him go to her parents to make them agree to her marriage---as he has gone to convince her parents thinking that she is marrying within her own religion .

angered by this kundan goes to her marriage venue and tells the truth to her father . all hell breaks loose and abhay is murdered by the angry muslims assembled there .

realising his perfidy too late kundan tries to save abhay by rushing him to hospital but it is too late....

>>> like that old lily tomlin joke about the guy who invented muzak, I am worried now that the guy who wrote this story may be writing some other story as we speak:)
you south indians are just unhappy aren't you , that southie dhanush has been shown as a loafer in the film---who is not even worthy of the girl's attentions  ??

thats why all the criticizm of the movie.....Rolling Eyes

>>>Yeah, sure that must be it. Danush being dumped in that manifestation of taste and class and creative genius, a bollywood flick, is certainly the end of the world. Enjoying the wide-angle, broad -dare we say, global- world view and perspective. Keep 'em coming.

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Post by ashdoc on Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:13 am

Kris wrote:
ashdoc wrote:
Kris wrote:
ashdoc wrote:
iTEDx wrote:Given the no one will probably go and watch this film, can you please tell us what exactly did Kundan do?


ok , i will take your word and tell the secret .

after befriending kundan , zoya explains to him that marriage between a hindu guy and muslim girl is not possible as they belong to different religions and asks him to forget her . reluctantly kundan agrees to this and decides to leave her alone .

but then she tells him that she loves a muslim guy ( abhay deol ) and large hearted kundan agrees to convince her father that he should agree to her marriage with this guy .

he even agrees to marry bindiya ( swara bhasker ) in order to forget zoya and his marriage is fixed with bindiya on the same day zoya is to marry her muslim boyfriend .

but to his shock on the marriage day kundan comes to know that zoya's  boyfriend in fact is a sikh and not a muslim !!

not only zoya has been lying to him and her parents ( abhay the sikh has agreed to marry in muslim manner so as not to raise suspicions of zoya's parents ) about the religion of her boyfriend but has lied to him that marriage between her and a nonmuslim is not possible . above all she has used kundan to convince her parents that that must agree to her marriage . kundan feels used and his trust abused by her by making him go to her parents to make them agree to her marriage---as he has gone to convince her parents thinking that she is marrying within her own religion .

angered by this kundan goes to her marriage venue and tells the truth to her father . all hell breaks loose and abhay is murdered by the angry muslims assembled there .

realising his perfidy too late kundan tries to save abhay by rushing him to hospital but it is too late....

>>> like that old lily tomlin joke about the guy who invented muzak, I am worried now that the guy who wrote this story may be writing some other story as we speak:)
you south indians are just unhappy aren't you , that southie dhanush has been shown as a loafer in the film---who is not even worthy of the girl's attentions  ??

thats why all the criticizm of the movie.....Rolling Eyes

>>>Yeah, sure that must be it. Danush being dumped in that manifestation of  taste and class and creative genius, a bollywood flick, is certainly the end of the world. Enjoying the wide-angle, broad -dare we say, global- world view and perspective. Keep 'em coming.
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Post by Kris on Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:01 am

ashdoc wrote:
Kris wrote:
ashdoc wrote:
Kris wrote:
ashdoc wrote:


ok , i will take your word and tell the secret .

after befriending kundan , zoya explains to him that marriage between a hindu guy and muslim girl is not possible as they belong to different religions and asks him to forget her . reluctantly kundan agrees to this and decides to leave her alone .

but then she tells him that she loves a muslim guy ( abhay deol ) and large hearted kundan agrees to convince her father that he should agree to her marriage with this guy .

he even agrees to marry bindiya ( swara bhasker ) in order to forget zoya and his marriage is fixed with bindiya on the same day zoya is to marry her muslim boyfriend .

but to his shock on the marriage day kundan comes to know that zoya's  boyfriend in fact is a sikh and not a muslim !!

not only zoya has been lying to him and her parents ( abhay the sikh has agreed to marry in muslim manner so as not to raise suspicions of zoya's parents ) about the religion of her boyfriend but has lied to him that marriage between her and a nonmuslim is not possible . above all she has used kundan to convince her parents that that must agree to her marriage . kundan feels used and his trust abused by her by making him go to her parents to make them agree to her marriage---as he has gone to convince her parents thinking that she is marrying within her own religion .

angered by this kundan goes to her marriage venue and tells the truth to her father . all hell breaks loose and abhay is murdered by the angry muslims assembled there .

realising his perfidy too late kundan tries to save abhay by rushing him to hospital but it is too late....

>>> like that old lily tomlin joke about the guy who invented muzak, I am worried now that the guy who wrote this story may be writing some other story as we speak:)
you south indians are just unhappy aren't you , that southie dhanush has been shown as a loafer in the film---who is not even worthy of the girl's attentions  ??

thats why all the criticizm of the movie.....Rolling Eyes

>>>Yeah, sure that must be it. Danush being dumped in that manifestation of  taste and class and creative genius, a bollywood flick, is certainly the end of the world. Enjoying the wide-angle, broad -dare we say, global- world view and perspective. Keep 'em coming.
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Post by Petrichor on Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:53 am

1. Dhanush may be a 'pandit' in character but acutely feels the burden of insecurities that comes from centuries of marginalization.
2. Sonam is vacuous in character and manages to dazzle the front-benchers amongst the lumpen elements across the north-south divide.
3. Moral of the story: 'Laundiyas' are the bane of life. 
4. Sub moral: Dhanush will never get over his "no-one-ever-loves-me-like-the-way-l-love-myself".

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Post by ashdoc on Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:48 pm

the film was a hit---

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/494058/20130724/raanjhanaa-box-office-collection-yeh-jawaani-hai.htm

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