Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Movie Review

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi marks the return of Aditya Chopra as a director after 8 years. His last movie Mohabbatein did well at the box-office, but it isDDLJ that continues to make news a decade after its release (its still running in a theatre in Mumbai). The expecations are quite high. Can Aditya Chopra recreate the magic of DDLJ, once again, with Shahrukh Khan in the lead?

Like last year’s Om Shanti Om, SRK has a new heroine, who again like Deepika Padukone, appears slightly taller than him.

Surprisingly unlike most Aditya Chopra movies, there are just 4 characters in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi; Surinder Sahni – Raj (both SRK), Taani (Anushka Sharma) and Bobby (Vinay Pathak). Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is a simple film about a couple whose marriage turns from a compromise to one made in heaven, by Rab himself!

Surinder Sahni is a simpleton working for Punjab Powers with a personality of a nerd. At the wedding of his college professors daughter he falls head over heals in love at first with the bride, the beautiful and very bubbly girl Taani. Just when the air of happiness and celebration reached its peak, the news about the accident of the groom and his entire family puts everything to lull. Surinder being the most favorite and admired student of the professor takes the responsibility of taking care of Taani and ties the nuptial bond with her. The rest of the story tells us about the extent to which Surinder goes to bring back the liveliness and happiness in the life of his lady love. It’s about how he wins his share of love compromising yet taking his stand for the man he is.

There are 2 major negatives and flaws in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

1) The length! Its more than 2 hours 40 mins long for a movie, which preferabbly should not have exceeded 2 hours. A bunch of unnecessary scenes, just to add masala, to an otherwise simple movie is disappointing. Also the movie is a stretch, with the pace being painfully slow at times.

2) The story! How can a newly married woman, who promises to be a good wife, fall in love with her dance partner? Okay, such things do happen when the marriage has no hold. But then the Raj – Taani love story is far from convincing and just doesnt strike the right chord. When a love story involves a married lady, who is cheating on her husband, the build up and the impact has to be tad bit more.

And how in the world does Taani not recognise Raj as her husband? With minimal changes in looks which included the removal of his moustache, specs and a change in hairstyle. The face and voice was the same, wasnt it?

The dialogues are great. Sets are adequate, simple and perfect for a movie like Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. The music is average. Haule Haule and the title track are good. Dance Pe Chance has been choreographed well. Rest are okay.

SRK’s character of Surinder Sahni is something most people would identify with. A simple common man, who goes through his daily routine and 9 to 5 working life. Acting wise, SRK has put in a lot of effort into this role and it shows. The mannerisms are funny, overall good performance.

Then comes the Raj makeover and SRK starts perfecting his hamming skills. The over the top character is strictly for SRK fans. Others could find it irritating.

Anushka Sharma is brilliant in a highly refreshing performance. Her expressions and dance stands out. A huge contender for the best debut award this year. Vinay Pathak is fine.

Overall, the story and the execution is a let down. The performances are decent and the movie sure has some light moments that would make you smile and laugh. At the all important box-office, the opening has been suprisingly not upto expectations for such a huge film. It should pick up over the weekend. Going past the Week 1 figures of either Singh Is King or Om Shanti Om seems highly unlikely.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ Wait for DVD release or Television Premiere

Other notes: Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Lara Dutta, Bipasha Basu and Preity Zinta.. all have special apperances in a song. The theatre was half full for the morning show and the audience reaction was decent. They seemed to love the scene wherein SRK keeps a rose along with his phone number, for his newly married wife.

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253 Comments

  • THE MOVIE IS STRICTLY AVERAGE !!! THERE IS NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE MOVIE AT ALL.

    ITS NO BIG DEAL.

    THE MOVIE STARTS OFF REALLY WELL, BUT THEN IT LOSES ITS CHARM AS THE MOVIE PROGRESSES. IT BECOMES VERY BORING AND PREDICTABLE – EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN SCENES WHICH MAKE YOU LAUGH.

    SHAH RUKH KHANS PERFORMANCE AS THE DOUBLE CHARACTER IS REALLY OVER THE TOP AND VERY IRRITATING. HE SEEMS TO BE VERY PISSED OFF WITH THE PART IN THE FILM, AND COMES ACROSS AS OFFPUTTING.

    THE FILM IS AN AVERAGE FILM, AND IF IT WASN’T FOR SHAH RUKH KHAN IN THE LEAD, THE FILM WOULD HAVE FLOPPED AT THE BOX OFFICE.

    THE ONLY REASON WHY THE FILM HAS DONE WELL SO FAR IS BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO GO AND SEE A SHAH RUKH KHAN FILM NO MATTER WHAT THE FILM IS LIKE – ESPECIALLY IF IT IS THE SHAH RUKH KHAN / ADITYA CHOPRA COMBO. SEEING A SHAH RUKH KHAN FILM IS AN EVENT FOR MOST PEOPLE, SO THE FILM BECOMES A HIT BY DEFAULT.

    FOR ME, THE FILM WAS A LET DOWN AS I EXPECTED MORE FROM SHAH RUKH AND ADITYA CHOPRA. IT IS AN AVERAGE FILM AND PAISA VASOOL IF ANYTHING.

    I WOULD ONLY RECOMMEND PEOPLE TO GO AND SEE IT IF YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BETTER TO DO, AND WANT TO JUST PASS TIME AT A CINEMA. UNLESS YOU ARE A DIE HARD SHAH RUKH KHAN FAN, I WOULD WAIT UNTIL THE DVD OR SATELLITE RELEASE AND THEN WATCH THE FILM.

    YOUR BETTER OFF STAYING AT HOME AND WATCHING PAST HITS SUCH AS ddlj, mohabbatein, or dil to paagal hai. OR EVEN THE LESS WELL KNOWN SHAH RUKH KHAN FILM SUCH AS kabhie haan kabhie naan WHICH YOU WILL FIND MORE ENJOYABLE AND ENTERTAINING.

    MERRY XMAS + HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

    REGARDS

  • I have seen the movie and it was unbelievable …. and the King has done his job as usual….
    He is really the King of the Bollywood……
    Keep it up SKR..!!

  • RAB NE BANA DI JODI IS A SUPERB FILM

    SRK IS A SUCH A PERSON WHO DOES ANY TYPE OF ROLE WHETHER ITS GOOD ROLE OR GHISA PITA ROLE
    THE FILM IS GONNA B SUPER HIT. I AM NOT A FAN OF SRK BUT DIS A DAM TRUTH OF BOLLYWOOD THAT
    EITHER SRK DOES A ROLE OF A BEGGAR THEN ALSO HIS MOVIE WILL BE SUPER HIT.

    THATS WHY HE CALLED THE “KING OF BOLLYWOOD”

  • its amirs unbelivable performance.outstanding performance.

    king khan vs perfectionist . “ab ayega moja”.

    Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

    Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi has done business of around 67 crore nett in 13 days. The second week has been rock steady until the release of Ghajini today as collections fell due to much lower screenings.

    The film is the biggest hit of 2008 and the first universal blockbuster of the year. The film is the biggest hit in every circuit of India apart from Delhi/UP, East Punjab, Bihar and Rajasthan but of course things may change with the release of Ghajini.

  • Everyones saying Raj was over the top….
    That was the point
    thats why SRK is such a great actor…the whole point was raj to be over the top…
    Suri didnt know how to act like a youunger dude
    so he trys to be like a character straiht out of a bollywood movie
    the typical srk
    over the top srk
    he was making fun of himself
    no actor could get away with that as brilliantly as sharukh khan does….Sometimes going over the top is neccasary….IT was very very entertaining to watch..He carried the film brillliantly.. A original script… A heart warming movie…3.5 stars..among my fav. srk movies a long with Swades, chak de india, dil se..

  • ITS A VERY NICE STORY……..
    I HV SEEN THIS MOVIE N I THINK THE FILM DOESNT DESERVE THESE TYPE OF COMMENT….N RATING.
    ITS TOTALLY A PAISA VASOOL MOVIE
    THE GOOD THING ABT THIS MOVIE..
    1.THE STORY BELONG TO A VERY MIDLE CLASS FAMILY SO IT ATTRACTS ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE
    2.ITS A MASALEDAR MOVIE…THAT MEANS THERE R SONG,DANCE,ROMANCE,TRAGEDY……..N A HAPPY ENDING
    WHICH DOES MATTER……
    AFTER ALL ITS KING KHAN UNDER YESH CHOPRA BANNER SO WATCH IT…….

  • As the good book says,”Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder”. It all depends upon in what mindset the person watches the movie, i personally think, that RNBDJ was a worth of watch, although i was a little disappointed with the content of the movie, but 1 thing made all the difference in the world, i.e. the presence of our beloved King Khan. It will go on to be a superhit if not blockbuster..

  • Niteen: Are u a man or a woman?! Are you a sad guy that even some funny movies u watch it in a sad way?! Did u really consider RBNDJ as a sad movie?! Now if this funny romantic movie is a sad one for you.. then how did u feel while watching Taare Zamin Paar?!! I think u weeped from starting till the end and filled the cinema hall with your tears crying?!!!!!

  • Fathiya my dear u always have a problem with anyone here…….I think ur the biggest problem of this site. For god aske leave this site.

  • P. Sher:

    I didn’t have any discussion with you about Rabne.. so why do u interfere?! I ignored your comments many times in the past which you should’ve consiered (ignoring) is a slap on your face.. but you continue pointing at me!!

    I’m not the one who have any problem with others.. but others ( like you, mini, kalyan, yamini, and some others) have problem with me!! Why?! That’s the question.. I don’t know yet why although many ppl post their negative comments about movies and actors but none of you attack them!

    Now someone on the top 5 actors… page has posted a new comment to Kalyan and telling him: you’re a monkey.. and calling also a celibirty like Akshay a monkey.. so why don’t u all have any problem when these people say bad stuff.. hah?! Why don’t u attack them.. they’re saying bad stuff about your Akki?! Go ahead.. do it.. but u guys have problem with me ( am I eating from your plates or what?!)

    I don’t have any problem with anyone.. I only express my opinions about movies on this website and that’s my right.. thats the purpose of why we’re here on this website.. so if u don’t like my comments.. to hell.. just go to hell or kill yourself.. but don’t point at me! I didn’t like many comments which I read in the past for some ppl but I never blamed them for what they mentioned.. I do sometimes if I find someone is saying a bad stuff about an actor, or if he’s pointing at me.. as you’re doing now!!

    Go and search 4 the people who insulted your Akki many times and you kept quiet!

    AND INDICINE TEAM: WHY DID THIS GUY STARTED IT ALL AGAIN?!!!!

  • RNBDJ was not a good movie, only srk star power made this movie a hit. Also people stop calling srk by king Khan because he is not the king of bollywood, AKSHAY KUMAR is and the true KING KHAN is AMIR KHAN. “GHAJINI” just killed RNBDJ in every way.

  • It’s not your home or those stupid guys’ home to ask someone to leave!! and stupid ppl like u do it.. ask others to leave when they don’t like someone or don’t like their comments!! So who gave u this right?! You gave it to yourself?!! u think I even care about what u say.. or.. do u think that u and a few ppl here are all the readers of this website?! Thousand maybe reading everyone’s comments, but everyone don’t post or share their views in here.

    Damn.. nasty people like you are everywhere.. haters like you we find them in every websites, not only in bollywood websites also in other websites. The best website which I visited, which everyone respect each other is Chakpak.. People on chakpak respect each other, they just post their comments, but no one point at each other or criticise, blame, fight.. not at all.. this is the most website which I found in it haters, bad people, bad language, etc.

    I just don’t care anymore.. about what u and other guys say..so what u say doesn’t affect me in any way because I’m not posting my comments for guys like u to read them.. haha.. did u think so?!!! If u don’t care.. simply ignore my comments.. don’t read them.. why do u read them if my comments will leave u in a bad mood?!!!

    And yes.. when u became the boss of this website one day .. then ban me if u wish, there are hundreds of websites to visit and share our views.

  • I’d love rating something below 1 out of 10!! Its just a stupid movie with a script full of flaws, not worth watching. wondering why a talented actor like Sharukh cant be choosy! The story doesnt have any proper base and the so called ‘love’ theme is not at ll realistic. the quality of bollywood films is stepping down, theres only very few directors who come out of this ‘unrealistic’ pool and make their mind for films like ‘a wednesday’. why is it that they shoot films only somewhere outside India and give importance to only ‘crappy love’ and glamour? do you guys think we’re to theatre just to see actress’ stripping and showing off nudity? isnt there anyone out there who can write a realistic story/script for common man? hm, only hope is some ‘wednesday’s and ‘tare zameen par’s in the coming years!!

  • Ragas14,

    you are absolutely right, well said !!
    you have told the truth.

    punjabi sher,

    you are right about this person. i have been saying this for a long time, but nobody listens. this person is useless and argumentative. everyone should ignore. such a pain. gets everyone else into trouble for no reason.

    raj from michigan,

    you are right also. well said. ghajini has in fact killed every other bollywood films. RNBDJ is strictly average.

  • Fathiya i totally agree with you about your conversation with chetan kalyan and humaira i donot understand what these guys are they blabbering about all these people are full of negativity everyone has his own feeling about the movie I an new at indicine and have posted my comment once

  • Talha A. Raouf: they’re always like that including some more ppl on this website, if u say: ths is white and it’s white.. but they say: no.. this is black and you’re idiot!!

  • Fathiya i couldnt finish saying what i started yesterday due to excessive loadshading in islamabad so by the way rnbdj was out of this world this what me fathiya and mash think so and we strictly stand by our comments now lets talk about ghajni we have to see the context or the situation in which rnbj was released it was released when cinemas were running empty due to the tragic incident of mumbai but still rnbj became a blockbuster against all odds if you the crowd ordinary then you must be crazy raj i wil rate ghjni and rnbj as equal what ever the differnce at boxoffice it may be do you agree with me fathiya

  • Talha Rauf: Hi.. well I can’t say that the 2 movies are equal ( and I never care about the box office collections) as 3 or 4 crores more or less would never make any movie better or worst.

    They’re two different movies, completely different in the script, so how can we say that they are equal. They are both good, but the evaluation and to think which one is better must be based on the flaws in the 2 movie.. which one got less flaws, and I think that RBNDJ is a flawless movie.. the only flaw or let me say the only thing which I felt that the director could’ve done it better is Shahrukh’s wig.. I didn’t like his wig as Surinder.. It didn’t look natural and the director could’ve done for shahrukh a hairstyle with a better spect. on his face other than wearing this wig and with a funny glasses ( probably he wanted him to look funny therefore he used that wig and the thick glasses.

    Rabne has less flaws ( if other ppl here would think that there’re are more flaws, it’s up to them) but Ghaajini is (full) of flaws ( just read my review under the movie review as well as other commentator’s reviews) and then decide for yourself.

  • Yes! SRK Has Done It Again . I have watched Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi In 14 Days 25 times . & Ghajini Only Once Thats The Difference Between Shahrukh And aamir. SRK Is My God In Another Words To Say “Mujhe Usme Rab Dikhta Hai”.

  • Shashikant: we share the same feelings about Shahrukh.. that’s what I already wanted to say “Mujhe Usme Rab Dikhta Hai”

    There’s only one Shahrukh in this world.. bollywood would never be able to find his duplicate.. no.. if shahrukh would walkout from bollywood one day, then bollywood is really poor, how much great actors they have like Hrithik & Aamir… Shahrukh is just different.

  • IT was a great movie and when there is sharuk in the movie it is hit because people love him and entire world loves him .whos amir,akshay ,hrithik or amitabh ….there are all small child near sharuk.they are all sharuk’s servant…. sharuk is great.

  • i watched the movie yesterday,i felt it’s one of the most boring ,and silliest movies i ‘ve ever seen.i think ghajini is much better than rnmbdj,shahrukh’s acting was gud as usual anushka looked cute.it would give 2/5

  • INDICINE TEAM

    why is it that every single time you come on this forum it is something to do with fathiya ?? either you want to educate fathiya or respond to her childish irrational world of thoughts ?? do you not have any sense but to get involved in silly comments especially with someone who just will not understand, no matter how much you educate her. just look at past experience, and how all your previous comments to her have had no effect and she keeps on coming up with the same type of questions.

    can you not see it is pointless educating someone who is one dimensional and has not much intelligence. can you not see she is pulling you into her stupid world of silly thoughts and wasting your time and energy ?? you must be really stupid to get involved with someone like that and more so if you dont realise how stupid she is. you must have realised by now your comments dont have much affect, and she will continue to come up with nonsense.

    surely you must have better things to do than to get involved with her ??

  • this is to indicine team i have nothing to do with fathiya and who am i to educate her and ther is no need to see her past record it is her personnal thinking and evewryone has thr right to express his opinion am i right team some agree with her and some donot and there are many other die hard fans of shahrukh like fahiya is

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