Thursday, 8 January 2009
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 
I had watched Ghajini prior to this; moreover, my enthusiasm for the movie was zilch to put it mildly. Hence, suffice it to say, I had a far better time than I had expected, while watching it. Starring the indefatigable Shahrukh Khan, Rab Ne… is a formulaic movie but with a heart. Overtly sentimental, melodramatic at the drop of a hat, brazenly sappy, filled with over-the-top romance and relying heavily on coincidences – the movie is as mainstream as it gets; yet, (though I find it too embarrassing to admit) I found the movie strangely enjoyable. The story couldn’t be any more filmic – a man, married to a much younger girl in a marriage of convenience, gets a secret image makeover, changes his identity, and starts romancing her on the backdrop of a reality-show dance competition. The part of a geeky, unspectacular, soft spoken, middle-class, scooter riding, shy man and loving husband has been played extremely well by Shahrukh. It’s when he becomes the more recognizable lover-boy, err man, during the character’s dual existence that the situation starts getting more run-of-the-mill. Debutant Anoushka Sharma has done a pretty good job as the young bride. The snap shots along with a voiceover that chronicles what happens after the incidents of the movie, shown during the end credits, are quite hilarious. This is a feel good movie and nothing more.
Director: Aditya Chopra
Genre: Drama/Romantic Comedy/Musical