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Raanjhanaa Movie Review
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)
He banks as much on the unmistakable charm of his leading man to deliver a terrific first hour that breezes by with plenty comic moments and some genuinely heartfelt scenes.The script unfortunately goes off the rails in the film’s second half, when the story shifts to the JNU campus in Delhi. If there’s one reason Raanjhanaa doesn’t entirely disappoint in spite of its problems, it’s Dhanush, who offers an uninhibited performance that’s hard to take your eyes off. For its immensely entertaining first half, a winning score by AR Rahman, but most of all for Dhanush, this is a film that’s worth your time. I’m going with three out of five for Raanjhanaa. It’s not perfect, but it’ll do.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
Initially, RAANJHANAA manages to hook you with the atmospherics, but the ingenious narrative and worthy performances win you over gradually. The romance, the simplistic lines, the heartbreak... the film transports you to a different zone altogether.On the whole, RAANJHANAA encompasses romance and myriad emotions most wonderfully, besides bravura performances and a popular musical score from the maestro. A film that touches the core of your heart. A film that's definitely worthy of a watch. Not to be missed!
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)
But for the first half, it’s also superbly entertaining. Kundan chases Zoya with the ardor of a true devotee. This love story is fantastical but these are characters we could know. Their emotions move us – so much so that when Kundan finally breaks down and cries, I wept too. And post-interval, when we leave Banaras for New Delhi, the film derails considerably. Unfortunately, Raanjhanaa never fully gets back on track. But despite these flaws, I’m going with three and a half stars and recommending that you see it. Especially for Dhanush who is proof that eventually looks don’t matter. Neither does size. All that towers is talent.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror
The first thirty minutes of Raanjhanaa is absolutely riveting.The story is anything but a straightforward romance. If you're going in to watch it as a date film, check yourself. As it progresses into the second half though, it will immerse you intellectually. Look for subtext - Rai goes well beyond a mere romance; he makes political statements, attacks communalism, gives us a slice of life insider account of youth wing statecraft; it's all there. Raanjhanaa flows like good poetry. It is arguably the best love story of the year so far, the kind of film others in the genre should aspire.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Meena Iyer Site:Times Of India
Raanjhanaa is a love story that has a Shakespearean touch and is mounted on a lavish scale. Set in Benaras, in a sense, the heart of India, the first half in the vibrant city where the Ganges flows, just sweeps you off your feet with its colour and feel. All of a sudden, Raanjhanaa seems like two different films. In the first half, it is an interesting, intense, introspective love story, where you empathise with the characters. In the second half, the love story gets diluted to make way for gobbledygook political ideology that is an irritant. Note: You may not like this film if you cannot digest brooding love stories.
Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahta Site:ETC
All in all, the story is interesting and quite different from a lot of love stories one has seen while the screenplay has good doses of drama and romance, extraordinary comedy and a bit of emotions too. The dialogues, are gems and a major highlight of the film. On the whole, Raanjhanaa is an interesting, entertaining and a fairly different love story and will do very well at the ticket windows. It is like heady wine and its effect will only grow. Dhanush will be loved in the film. Although the total investment in the film is on the higher side (Rs. 28 crore), the film will definitely prove to be a paying proposal as around 55% of the investment has been already been recovered from sale of satellite and music rights.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
In Raanjhanaa, a guy from Benares tests his owns limits to the extent he’ll go for the girl he’s been besotted by ever since he was a little boy. Endeavours that begin this early have a way of getting out of hand and exasperating. But Rai has Dhanush -- wonderful, tangible, indefatigable Dhanush, and the actor in his first Hindi film holds fort from start to finish. What this tells you: Raanjhanaa isn’t easy viewing. Kundan and Zoya aren’t easily likeable. They have flaws. They make mistakes. Blunders, really. But Rai shows them for what they are; he never paints a pretty picture. And this brutal honesty coupled with a commanding Dhanush is what works.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
Raanjhanaa, scripted by Tanu Weds Manu writer Himanshu Sharma, is a love story with a huge difference that benefits no end from a clutch of exceptional performances. The film defies the expectations of the audience at several crucial junctures and holds out absolutely no apologies for springing abrupt surprises.If you are among those that helped Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani rake in all those crores at the box office, you owe it to yourself (and to the cause of popular Hindi cinema that entertains with more than just song and dance and star power) to vote for Raanjhanaa with your feet.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
The riveting first half of the film lives up to its old-fashioned title, with a young lover whose chief driver is passion, the innocent young girl who is the object of his adoration, and the problems that keep them apart. Post interval, it comes unstuck, and squanders its gains. If Raanjhanaa had kept its tone intact, it would have been a great love story. Raanjhanaa is a film which is all of a piece in its engaging first half, and a good Bollywood launchpad for Dhanush.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA
Raanjhanaa joins the rank of recent love stories (Aashiqui 2, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani) that take the unconventional path of approaching the genre by exposing the dark underbelly of romance through shades of loss, regret, remorse, and pain. Despite a colourful and vivacious beginning, the film ends up being weighed down by its heavy melodramatic second half. Raanjhanaa has a fantastic first half. Watch it for Dhanush and Sonam's performances and some colourful one-liners and dialogues.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: A charming first half, Abhay Deol’s heartmelting dimples and the prevailing innocence in the story’s milieu will have you absorbed. What’s Bad: Yet again, the second half goes absolutely haywire and butchers the high the film’s first half attains. Watch or Not?: Anand Rai’s Raanjhanaa which unspools against the backdrop of Benaras is an unflashy desi love story. An adroit first half with a drooping second segment, the film’s absurdity quotient becomes unbearable by the climax. Just for the compelling performance of Abhay Deol and the bizarreness in Dhanush, the film is worth a shot! It is affable and gives some intoxicating humor, but lowers its own hilt due to the screenplay’s discrepancies
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Resham Sengar Site:Zee News
Clearly, `Raanjhanaa` is a love story that does not fall within the confines of a clichéd Bollywood romance. Dhanush has hit the bull’s eye and that too as a romantic hero in his Hindi debut – all thanks to his acting finesse. He has reiterated the fact that a good actor is not at the mercy of good looks. To sum it up, this `Raanjhanaa` is charmer. Be it for its technical pros or for Dhanush's Bollywood debut, 'Raanjhanaa' makes for a good watch this weekend. Four stars for ‘Raanjhanaa’!
Ratings:-- Review By: Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates24by7
Just when you thought that Bollywood had (slowly, but steadily) matured in its take on love, director Aanad L Rai quashes our faith with a shockingly outdated love story.Set on the rustic bylanes of Benaras, ‘Raanjhanaa’ is unimaginatively archaic and extremely convoluted that it gives love a bad name. Pitching an outdated love story that could’ve (probably) worked in the 90s, is a sure-shot hint at box-office disaster. Take our tip. Skip this one
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