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Raanjhanaa Review

Critic Score 66

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Indicine | Indicine Team

The intentions of Aanand L Rai seem genuine. He wants to show us the world where he grew up in, wants to romanticize the feeling of nostalgia and unrequited love. But where he falters in, is when he gets out of this zone and tackles issues like revolution and student politics. He undoes the damage a bit with an unpredictable climax that hits you hard.

60

Recommended
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

Dhanush, who makes his Hindi film debut with RAANJHANAA, is simply outstanding. To state that he's the mainstay of the film would be most appropriate. You take back his innocence, his dedication for his beloved, his emotions as you exit the auditorium. Here's a performance that deserves an ovation! The actor in Sonam was waiting for a role that would make the spectator sit up and notice it and the one in RAANJHANAA gives her that opportunity. The headstrong and emotional persona comes across so well in this film. In addition, like DELHI 6, she's devoid of makeup and that makes the character so appealing. This film is a huge leap frontward for Sonam as an actor. Abhay Deol is understated, but effectual in a special appearance. It's a superior act, something you've come to expect from the talented actor.

70

Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Meena Iyer

And around this time, the chinks in the script also show. 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.

70

Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Mohar Basu

Handling a fractured script, Anand Rai has his focus misplaced. A clear lack of believable novelty in the film post-interval, the narrative ends up being unnecessarily complicated and unjustified. The salvage point is in the antics that surface up enough in the film’s first half.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Rediff | Sukanya Verma

In reality as opposed to movies, people are changeable, making their mind, prone to think differently at different junctures, Raanjhanaa’s protagonists embody this impermanence and that’s what makes it unpredictable, startling.   What I disliked: For all its romantic zeal, Raanjhanaa treats its women rather roughly.

60

Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Tushar Joshi

Aanand Rai's Banaras comes alive with Rahman's slow yet melodious tunes and some amazing camera work.

We wish he had stuck to the feel and ethos of the first half and let that flow into the climax. Instead the storyline takes a nosedive post interval like a jet running out of fuel.

60

Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

Overall, RAANJHANAA is a poetic journey for a film lover. Right from its opening approach, performances from the lead actors, the supporting cast, the music and the manner in which the story unfolds... it's is magical. The dialogues require special mention: hard-hitting, yet laced with a heavy dose of light humour.

80

Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

Aanand L Rai's true strength comes in the casting where he scores an ace by roping in Dhanush for a part that could be played by him and him alone. It's his portrayal and the age-span that he convincingly plays showcases his caliber and re-establishes the reason why he is a superstar down South. Sonam Kapoor who has till now been criticised for her acting too displayes her talent and complements Dhanush well. Abhay Deol in little cameo too is very effective.

60

Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Resham Sengar

Performance wise, expect nothing but a good show from everyone in the film. In his title role, Dhanush exudes excellence whenever he appears on the screen. Not with the kind of looks that a Bollywood hero is expected to have, 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.

80

Recommended
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

The playfulness and intensity that Dhanush, making his Bollywood debut, exhibits consistently is what keeps the film ticking. His complete surrender to the role leads to the kind of unselfconsciousness that is so absent in Bollywood newbies who try playing lovers: if you want to show me your perfect abs, how will you let yourself screw up your face while crying for your mehbooba? And that is what makes Dhanush, who is familiar to north Indian audience only through the chartbuster Kolaveri Di, so believable.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Sify | Sonia Chopra

The film has dialogue and scenes that will stay with you. After debating with herself, this writer has chosen to give you an insight into one of the film's best scenes. This is where a character is climbing the building's pipes to meet his beloved. When caught by the student political party, he says he's a thief.

70

Recommended
 
 
Deccan Chronicle | Khalid Mohamed

Like most Bollywood films, the first-half is fairly smooth and lovey-dovey. Post-intermission, there’s a U-turn to the political side of campus life, reminiscent of Prakash Jha’s 'Rajneeti' capers. The ideology proposed by the director and writer is surfacial when it isn’t cloudy.

60

Recommended
 
 
Indiaglitz | Vishal Verma

The confidence by which Aanand Rai takes the movie to an unconventional route deserves high praise..Himanshu again supports the cause of his director and we get a pulsating climax which knocks you out of the blue and Vow!! What a way to end.. real Ashiqui.. must say..

80

Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Life | Deboshree Ghosh

While the first half is all gloss and show the dreamy world of love and passion set against the backdrop of Benares, the second half is drenched in inspiring youth oriented politics set in streets thronging with rallies that wind through Delhi. Watch it for the super artiste Dhanush and also for Sonam’s rising acting graph – which has definitely reached an impressive point – and, of course, for Rai’s unconventional and moving storytelling.

70

Recommended
 
 
Mumbai Mirror | Karan Anshuman

The excellent writing radiates to masterful direction. Rai's characters are all feisty. Every one of them. They move with purpose, even when they have none. What an incredible, refreshing reading and extension and twist to the Brahmin boy, Muslim girl Bollywood conundrum. And handled with such maturity and grace!

70

Recommended
 
 
Mid-Day India | Shubha Shetty-Saha

And then the second half is when the pace dips, the sincerity of the storyline gets somewhat hazy and the film gets wee bit disappointing. An absolutely believable one-sided romance takes a slightly deceptive political drama twist and I am not sure if that is what you wanted it to be. It is unpredictable, yes, but not in a great, believable way.

60

Recommended
 
 
India Today | Vinayak Chakravorty

The build-up is exciting over the first hour but the script (Himanshu Sharma) is too feeble post interval. The film totally slumps in the second half.

Dhanush uses to his advantage exactly all that you thought would go against him. His average look and lack of six packs works wonderfully for Kundan. Sonam makes a pretty Zoya and Abhay makes the odd mediocre scene look exceptional with sheer screen presence.

60

Recommended
 
 
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra

The dialogues by Himanshu Sharma are the highlight of the film. The lines are pithy, earthy and wonderfully funny. Snaking his camera through the streets of Benares, director Aanand L Rai creates an intimate and lived milieu. AR Rahman’s music, especially the gorgeous Tum Tak, layers the narrative further.

70

Recommended
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

Raanjhanaa gets somewhat weighed down in the second half as it factors into its plot many of the recent people’s protests (anti-corruption, Bhatta Parsaul, the Nirbhaya gang rape) that have rocked Delhi.

70

Recommended
 
 
Bollyspice | Shalu Dhyani

There is not a single bad performance in Raanjhana. Sonam has never looked more beautiful or acted better. Though she is still one-dimensional as an actor, she brings in the required immaturity to her portrayal of the flighty Zoya. Abhay Deol is likeable though a little low on energy.

70

Recommended
 
 
Yahoo | Rummana Ahmed

The second half focuses too much on Zoya’s silences, her latent grief and anger that she internalizes and never really vents. Haven’t we dabbled too long on the shades of grey? It would have been great to see the director make a departure from the oft trodden path and have Sonam unapologetically complete her vindication. The climax just falls short of our expectations when it refrains from taking the big leap and instead choses to play it safe. 

70

Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Nikhil Kumar

Performances by Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor are simply sterling. Dhanush in his debut Hindi film is simply peerless despite his heavily accented Hindi. Sonam matches him at every step, but looks a bit out of sorts while mouthing her mind about social issues in the second half. Yes, the film packs in several relevant social issues like the farmer’s agitation and protests against corruption and rape in the second half. Though they don’t really fit in the love story, Rai aptly chooses not to dwell on them much.

70

Recommended
 
 
Movietalkies | Joginder Tuteja

It would be unfair to pick one actor over another in Raanjhanaa. Dhanush makes a terrific debut in Bollywood with an endearing act that is so controlled, yet impressive. Never going wrong in a single frame, he holds your attention right through this two and a half hours affair. Sonam is a revelation and though she has seen appreciation coming her way in earlier films, this one would stand out as a milestone and her career best till date.

70

Recommended
 
 
IBN Live | Rajeev Masand

'Tanu Weds Manu' director Anand Rai exploits the vibrancy of the holy city, and yet gives us a lived-in feel of Benares, rather than taking the typical travel-brochure approach. 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. 

60

Recommended
 
 

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