Rab De Bana Di Jodi – movie review
This two hour forty-five minute movie is light, frothy, and enjoyable, even though the story is unbelievable. The concept behind the story is a good one. It’s about seeing through superficial appearances to the real person within. It’s about an ordinary man called Surinder Singh (Shah Rukh Khan), an introvert, and somewhat repressed, who falls headlong in love with a pretty young girl. Even after marriage he is unable to express his love for her. Not only is he quiet and undemonstrative, his appearance, dress sense and his hesitant demeanour is uninspiring and one is reminded of Clark Kent in Superman. His new bride, Taani (Anushka Sharma), finds him dull and boring, and is unable to love him. The movie is about their love, about how Suri sets about to woo her after their marriage and we wonder whether Taani will eventually see through Suri’s boring exterior to the real Suri.
The director, Aditya Chopra, a man who made the stupendously successful Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, tells this story in a fairly theatrical manner, by creating a situation where it is possible for Suri to dress up and act like another person and meet his wife in a different situation. No, not as superman, but simply the young dashing sort, much like the hero Raj of Yash Raj films – flamboyant, cheerful, talkative and an incorrigible flirt. Thankfully, Taani finds this “flirting” offensive. Any girl would, married or not.
The story is fairly predictable and it is a kind of fantasy as well, despite it being devoid of foreign locations. Otherwise why should the staid and restrained Suri suddenly break into a song? Why is Taani unable to recognize him in his double role? She doesn’t even say, hey you look a little like my husband! And why would Taani, a small-town home-bound girl behave in the remarkably liberal manner that she does?
There is a premise of the story I did not agree with. In one of the most serious scenes in the movie Raj asks Taani what girls want in their men and she says all that a girl wants is for a man to love her to distraction, and what Taani appreciates in Suri is that he loves her even though she doesn’t reciprocate one bit. I found this premise a superficial one. Perhaps this explains why some young men pursue women relentlessly even when the women are not interested, in the hope that one day they will be.
The song Haule Haule is a good one and while the rest of the music is average, the choreography by Shiamak Davar is good. All the songs are picturised well.
Once in the skin of Raj, Suri’s character seems to change, much in the manner of Jekyll and Hyde. Shah Rukh’s rather dramatic acting distinctly sets apart both Raj and Suri. Overall though Shah Rukh does a good job, playing both roles with his usual flair and intensity. Except for the character of Suri, the others are poorly developed. Raj’s character is a paper cut-out and Vinay Pathak’s character Bobby is exaggerated, like Raj’s. However Pathak acts well, as usual. Taani’s character seems out of sync, on one hand she is a traditional girl who likes to do her “duty” by her husband, and on the other she is willing to break all societal norms and actually not go through much conflict, not until the very end! At least if the director had shown some disturbance in her mind it would have been more believable. Sharma acted quite alright though, considering the basic weaknesses in her scripted character.
Overall this movie is light entertainment and even if it drags in the middle, it is a must watch for Shah Rukh fans. He does an great job playing two characters and there are a lot of funny moments in the movie, and well, it is a romantic comedy. But if you have to compare this movie to other romantic movies, it is not as good as Jab we met and certainly nowhere in the class of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
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