Friday, October 1, 2010

Anjaana Anjaani review: From comedy to romance, it has it all


Anjaana Anjaani


Siddharth Anand


Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Zayed Khan, Tanvi Azmi

Sonia Chopra

This shiny, happy love story begins on a dismal note. Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) and Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) meet under unusual circumstances and their ride thereon is extraordinary as well. For one, they turn into a team promising to help each other with their suicide attempts. They're an inventive duo, thinking up innovative ways to complete their suicide pact. When nothing works, they decide to give themselves 20 days before their next attempt.

Dramatically, they decide to meet and carry out their word on December 31, the night of the New Year celebrations. In the time left, they decide to do things they always wanted to, only now they have about three weeks to complete their wish list.

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Now this was an area that had potential but all we see are the two taking a dip in the sea, and taking off on a road trip.

There's plenty of fresh comedy, often dipping into dark humour. Consider the suicide scheme scene for example, where their every thought-out attempt is met with failure.

The characters are written with an over-the-top quirky edge which adds to the fun. Kiara, for example, keeps her one-room apartment in such a mess, she can't find her keys and forgets that she owns a sofa drowned under the rubble; and Akash confesses that chasing his Wall Street dreams didn't leave him the time to lose his virginity.

Siddharth Anand, who has earlier directed Bachna Ae Haseeno and Hum Tum, retains his trademark combo of stars, style, and sights. Ranbir and Priyanka exude a fun, youthful chemistry, perfectly setting off each other's comic timing.

The styling is marvellous, understated and perfectly out-of-tune with the characters' financial situation! Cinematography by Ravi K Chandran (My Name is Khan, Ghajini, Saawariya) brings forth the beauty of New York and Los Angeles bathed in their festival avatar close to Christmas and New Year.

Music by Vishal-Shekhar is pacy, but hardly memorable.

Anand doesn't attempt to make a different love story. He's attempting, however, to bring a new spin to the rom-com that we all know will end happily.

To complain that a rom-com ends predictably is going against what the genre stands for in the first place: happy ever-afters. So, yes the end is clichéd, but the ride is a full one that includes getting to know the characters along the way, and witnessing the bizarre situations they find themselves in.

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Unnecessarily though, Anand injects the second-half with a strong dose of sentimentality that could have been done away with.

Ranbir Kapoor is suitably restrained and, at times, in keeping with his reticent character, often overshadowed by Priyanka's exuberance.

Priyanka Chopra maintains her cool, effortless acting style and her comic timing is quite a revelation. Together, the pair is eminently watchable, balancing each other's dispositions nicely.

From the stars, to the sights, to the humour: this one has quite a lot to offer. Go for it!

Rating: Three stars

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