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Language English
Video Format DVD
Genre Drama - romantic
Number Of Discs 1
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  1.  Raanjhana captures the true essence of love 9 June, 2014 On
    There’s a scene in Raanjhana where Kundan (Dhanush) and Muraari (Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub) are watching a scene from the movie, ‘Saajan’, where the character of Sanjay Dutt is sacrificing his love for his brother played by Salman Khan. Kundan’s friend Muraari screams aloud, ‘Nahi Sanju Nahi…Sanju!’

    This scene in the first fifteen minutes of Raanjhana makes one hope that this film’s fate wouldn’t end up as same – something we’ve been witnessing in almost every other love triangle that Indian film industry has dished out. Thankfully, director Anand L. Rai doesn’t disappoint. Admittedly, the film took me back to my school days (I am sure it would be the same for many of you as I could already hear few guys sighing, “Arrey yeh to meri story hai yaar!”). Well, I just can’t resist the temptation of sharing this:

    I had a ‘serious’ crush with a girl (or so I thought) during my school days and ‘followed’ (not stalked) her during school recess and even after school hours, accompanied by a friend who egged me on to ‘approach’ her. Well, I did ‘approach’ her with a silly poem (my first love poem) at wee hours at a sports stadium (we knew her batch timings). She simply read the poem, tore the page and walked away – the end of my so-called love story.

    Years later (11 years to precise), I bumped into her and smiled at her. To my surprise, she didn’t recognize me. I put a brave face and tried reminding her about the guy who wrote his first love poem for her etc. but she just couldn’t recall. With an awkward smile, she politely apologized and walked away, leaving me visibly embarrassed. Coincidentally, the film Raanjhana has a similar scene, which made me completely relate to the situation.

    The scene made me question: What if I had pursued that girl relentlessly? What if I had slit my wrist in front of her to win her sympathy? What if I had waited for all these years? What if I had known that she loves someone else and yet would continue to love her? What if I had known she is using me and yet would end up as a victim of one-sided love? What if I had known that my love has destroyed me and yet would wear a triumphant smile? Raanjhana is neither about ‘serious’ crush or teenage infatuation, but way beyond that – it’s about loving someone until it hurts as Mother Teresa would have like to put it. .

    The film, apart from interesting story and screenplay (Himanshu Sharma) has its share of moments which you’d take home with you. Cinematographers Natarajan Subramaniam and Vishal Sinha paint the silver screen with real colours of Banaras rather than itinerary snapshots. Actors Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub and Swara Bhaskar make their presence felt as the chuddy-buddies of Kundan.

    Naman Jain (the Katrina fan in Bombay Talkies) leaves you asking for more screen time. However, it is Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub, who with his smart-alecks, ensures you wear a grin every time he appears on the screen. Director Anand L. Rai never loses his grip on humour, especially in the climax scene and avoids blowing up the ‘Tam-Bram falling in love with a Muslim girl angle’, which is indeed commendable.

    Sonam Kapoor struggles in the emotional scenes and appears completely artificial while shedding glycerine tears. Dhanush clearly emerges as winner, right from dancing to the ‘Humka ishaq hua hai yaara’ (Coolie), and ‘Saamne yeh kaun aaya (Jawaani Diwani) to the flawless delivery of a flawed dialogue, “‘Kundan ke pyjama ka naada itna bhi kamzor nahi ke tere do hook khulne se dheela ho jaaye.’ (‘Flawed’ because Kundan’s character knew it very well that Swara Bhaskar’s character Bindya wasn’t lusting after him but loved him with the same dedication as he loved Zoya).

    The character of Abhay Deol turns out as half-baked, making you wish it was written with the dexterity of KK Menon’s character in the movie, ‘Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi’ directed by Sudhir Mishra. The political ideologies of Jasbeer i.e. Abhay Deol seems to be there just for the heck of it. The writer never tries exploring what kind of future Jasbeer envisions for his Citizens Party. Is he a communist, capitalist, leftist, rightist or just a ‘Fab’ist clad in fancy Kurtaa- Denim.

    There’s a scene where Kundan sneaks into the JNU campus and on being caught by the students, Kundan tells them he is a thief. This instance leads to an overnight debate on the widening social divide between the rich and the poor – a gem of a scene which reflects the director’s ability to mock at our youth’s penchant for debates and discussions which lead nowhere – just like the party Jasbeer leads.

    On second thoughts, the flaw of Raanjhana – of not actually caring for the nation’s burning issues can be overlooked purely because the story has been narrated from Kundan’s point of view. As a besotted lover, Kundan never cared for anything including his family, but his object of love. He joins the party formed by Jasbeer only because of Zoya (Sonam Kapoor). He even states that he has learned one thing that India needs a leader. If people can listen to ‘zaahil-ganwaar’ guy like him, they surely deserve a better leader. Mercifully, the director avoids transforming Kundan into a ‘leader’ and retains him what he has always been – Raanjhana.

    The film banks entirely upon the performance of Dhanush and music of AR Rahman, who belts out a swashbuckling score for Raanjhana so much so that it becomes a character of the film. No wonder the director ends the film with the line, ‘Music by AR Rahman’. Dhanush and AR Rahman compel you to ignore the loopholes in the second half of the film. You cease to wonder why a film which begins as a guy’s obsession for a girl suddenly switches to ‘revolution’ mode. To sum it up, the only reason why one must watch Raanjhana is because it depicts flawed people in a flawless love story rather than perfect people in imperfect love stories.
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  2.  Surprisingly Intensely Romantic 17 October, 2013 On
    The name and face of Dhanush reminded me of 2 things ... Kolaveri Di and dubbed south indian movies on TV where he starred as a hero (and I always thought how can ugly ducklings like him become a hero).

    So when Raanjhana started getting rave reviews ... i had to re-review my own decision to keep away from the movie. I decided to give it a shot and it turned out to be a very interesting experience.

    Raanjhana is a very different kind of love story. In simple terms, it is a one-sided love story where the one in love is so devoted to his love that he goes to great lengths to be of help to her.

    Her initially tries to woo his love but the moment he realizes that she does not love him; he stops chasing her. Only tries to be around her to ensure things are OK around her.

    I never thought Dhanush could act or for that matter even Sonam Kapoor, but both have given exemplary performances in the movie. Goes to prove that it takes an able Director to get the talent out on the screen.

    Special mention should be made of the fantastic performances of Dhanush's friend and lover in the movie. Both have played their roles well ... giving a boost to the 'supporting' cast cadre.

    Surprisingly, the music by A R Rehman, did not sound so phenomenal / memorable. it was no doubt good and the songs were hummable ... but I guess I am expecting the Master to roll out a master piece with his every creation !!!

    If you have ever loved someone, this movie will find a place in your heart. Go Watch !
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  3.  Follow girl spoil your life 19 March, 2014 On
    "Follow girl and spoil your life"-This is something the message delivered in the movie.Jokes apart,Its a movie of a boy(Dhanush) madly in love with a girl(Sonam).This love of boy starts from the school age and ends till his death.Sonam takes this love of Dhanush very casually and realise its value at the time of death of Dhanush. If watch this movie neglecting the looks of Dhanush,it would appear to you that Dhanush is not that bad actor.Movie deserves atleast a one time watch.
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  4.  hit 30 December, 2013 On
    great movie to show people about love.
    this tamil actor has done a good job in this movie.lot of colourful songs in this movie..
    not much of fight but lot of fun
    great time pass and would say that this movie could be a hit.
    it will slowly pick up in the market.
    family movie...
    ok for kids it...
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  5.  Movie Review 13 December, 2013 On
    Story is good but length of the time is pretty long. Characters in the movie have been beautifully portrayed. Dhanush is already a multi talented star in South India. His entry to Hindi cinemas would be a great boost. Anywhich ways, he has to pick the north indian accent of speaking hindi. Otherwise, he has excelled in his acting.
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  6.  A one time watch ! 3 April, 2014 On
    This film is a different kind of love story. Its a one sided love story in which Dhanush plays the main lead. He has done a good job in this film. Also this film has good music as well. Overall its a average film which can be watched for its uniqueness.
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  7.  Raanjhanaa 15 November, 2013 On
    THE film Raanjhanaa is so cool . i watched this film at many times . I and my friends were like it . many peoples see this movie and like it . It have the true love story of the boy and a girl .. .. is very funny movie .
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     Funny, Entertaining, Great acting and dialogues 29 August, 2013 On
    A movie with a nice story, brilliant acting and amazing dialogues. Set up on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi, A tamil boy story of his teenage crush which he refuses to forget even after growing up. Some very funny scenes between Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush.

    Abhay Deol does justice to his cameo. while Sonam Kapoor fits perfectly well as girl next door role.

    Watched Dhanush for the first time and no wonder he is already a superstar in South India. Amazing acting and Dialogue Delivery. Inspite of the fact that he is not well versed in Hindi and had to learn Hindi for this movie.

    It can be tough for you if you are not well versed in Hindi Language. But do watch this movie, you would want to watch it again.
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