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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Release Date : 12 December 2008
Year : 2008
Banner : Yash Raj Films
Presenter : Yash Raj Films
Producer : Aditya Chopra , Yash Chopra
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Genre : Drama | Romance | Musical
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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi SYNOPSIS

Have you ever stopped to think if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you might see on the road or around you might have a love story to tell? Maybe not! How can an ordinary man have a breathtaking, goose flesh igniting, awe inspiring love story of all things to tell? But guess what - love does not differentiate between the ordinary and exceptional, the uninteresting and interesting, the unattractive and attractive. Because love knows no distinction. It can happen to anyone and once it does it engulfs us into it completely and gives us those miraculous experiences that only love can yield. This is what happened to Surinder Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) - a simple, clean hearted, honest man working for Punjab Power, leading a humdrum life, when he meets his total opposite and finds love in the flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious - Taani (Anushka Sharma) for whom the whole world is her canvas and she paints her own life with the colours of rainbow all until unforeseen circumstances changes it all and brings them together. What follows is a journey filled with laughter, tears, joy, pain, music, dance and a lot of love. A journey that makes us believe that there is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary jodi.

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It is a Sweet, Enjoyable Movie

By MovieTalkies, 13 December 2008 3.5 / 5

Aditya Chopra made his first movie, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in 1995, his second, Mohabbatein in 2000, and now, he finally comes up with his third directorial venture Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. His forte remains romance, just like his father Yash Chopra. His latest outing at the box office has all of the same elements and he uses his favorite actor Shah Rukh Khan, in the hope of unleashing the same fever that his earlier two films had done. But the times have changed. Somehow, in the last two weeks it seems as if people have aged nothing that Chopra or SRK could have forseen. Seen in the light of all that has happened in our environment, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, fails to rekindle the magic of love. It remains a nice, sweet film, with its moments, but cannot hope to aspire to greatness, something that one was expecting. Even though SRK plays an older man married to a much younger woman, there is not much that has changed. He is given an alter ego called Raj, who, as if, by proxy, does everything that SRK does in a movie all those goofy expressions, the hamming, the tongue in cheek, over the top characterization. It still reeks of SRK as we want to know him in most of his screen avatars. Where the love angle is concerned, one feels, that the actual moment, when the realization of love hits the character of Taani, played by Anushka Sharma, just doesn't arise from the given context but seems forced artificially from outside. There are hardly any signs in the film itself of Taani ever feeling more than grateful to Surendra Sahni. The process when a gratitude change to love is hardly clear in the movie. That, one feels, fails to raise the level of the movie. What should have been the moment of the movie is squandered with Chopra resorting to divine interpretation. Besides that one flaw, the film moves very smoothly and captures the small life and loves of Surendra Sahni very well. In fact, SRK really seems to get into the mood of things and makes the nondescript Surendra Sahani of Amritsar, a most loveable and endearing character. The story of this oddly matched couple caught in this loveless, boring marriage takes a turn for the unexpected when the wife, Taani, decides to enroll for dancing lessons from a bunch of teachers who have arrived straight from Mumbai. In the hope of getting an opportunity to see his wife happy and joyful, Surendra decides to change his attire off goes the boring hairstyle, the moustache, and the regular trousers and shirt. With the help of his childhood buddy, played by Vinay Pathak, the boring Sahni becomes the loud, swaggering Raj. His intention mainly was to watch his wife dance. But he is mistaken for one of the students and is forced to join the class. To his delight, he finds himself paired off with none other Taani. Thereby begins his second life, where he begins to woo his wife, makes her laugh, dances with her, and eats paanipuri galore with her, all under the guise of Raj. The problem arises when Taani actually falls in love with Raj and agrees to run away with him. For Sahni, it is important that Taani loves him and not his alter ego Raj. He desists from telling her truth as he wants her to make her choice. With a little bit of help from the Almighty, Taani realizes that she actually does love Surendra and decides against running away with Raj. Of course, Surendra and his wife go on to win the dancing competition and live happily ever after. The film is dominated by SRK and he does not disappoint. He is quite loveable as the boring husband as well as the swaggering Raj. Vinay Pathak, as his friend, turns in another seamless performance. The scene when the two friends get drunk is quite well done. Both actors seem to share a good chemistry. Some of the other enduring moments in the film take place when Surendra takes his wife to the movies, as even the scene when she comes to his office to give him his lunch. All these scenes are very well done and full credit to the director and the actors for that. There has been much speculation about new find Anushka Sharma. She is no beauty but has been presented very well in the movie. There is a certain girlish charm about her which goes very well with her character. Actually, she is perfectly suited to play the role of Taani, and turns in a very natural performance. Being a Yash Raj banner film, the production values are excellent as always. The music is peppy and very catchy, specially the song 'Haule haule.' Even the other tracks in the film go well with situations in the movie. This feel good film from the house of the Chopras may just break their recent jinx at the box office. In totality, the film is enjoyable in most parts because of SRK. But it remains a small, sweet film, with no aspirations to greatness.

A Bit too Ordinary

By Movie Talkies, 19 November 2008 2.5 / 5

Aditya Chopra dons the director's cap for the first time post Mohabbatein. It is hard to believe that Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi will in fact be only his third film as a director, his first of course being Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenga. Both his earlier films had great music and their songs are popular even today and with Adi and SRK coming together for a third time, all are expecting a hattrick from the music as well. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is an album which grows on you with time but sadly is still unable to match the magic of DDLJ's music nor is there even a single track which has as soulful a melody as Hum Ko Humi Se from Mohabaatein. After impressing immensely with their scores in Fashion, this time Salim Sulaiman disappoint. Tujhe Mein Rab Dikhta hai is a sweet melody sung by Roop Kumar Rathod but somewhere it just doesn't work in hooking the listener. The melody, as well as the lyrics, have a very yesteryears feel and it sounds like songs heard earlier. One can only hope that the picturization of the song will uplift it. Considering that it seems to be the title track of the film, one cannot fathom why such an ordinary and uninteresting composition has been selected. Even the female version, a situation track sung by Shreya Ghosal which is just over a minute in length, is equally ineffective. Haule Haule is the pick of the lot even though it too sounds a bit dated in terms of the composition. But Sukhvinder Singh adds such a dimension to the innocent, flirtatious mood of the song that it becomes enjoyable. It is the type of song that will have you smiling along with it as you hear the lyrics as Sukhvinder has somehow managed to bring a certain "cuteness" to the way the song has been sung. The accordion is used beautifully and gives the dated tune freshness. Being the best film of the album, it pales in comparison to even mediocre songs from Adi's earlier two films. The next track hits you with a stark contrast from the earlier two numbers which hardly had any electronic sounds and relied solely on real instruments as Dance Pe Chance is fully electronics and percussions. But once again its tune is hardly anything novel or even interesting and the lyrics also don't add much. Lines like "Zara kamar ko aise ghumana, jaise hawa mein aanth banna na. Lo ban gaya step soniya, tu ban gaya hep soniya" and "Ek haath ko uncha uthale, mandir ki ghanti baajale. Lo ban gaya step soniya, tun ban gaya hep soniya" essentially explain what the song is about; oversimplified lyrics for an oversimplified tune. It may find some liking amongst the younger generation, but it is hard to imagine it becoming as rage as it is not even as pacy as some of the recent dance numbers. Sunidhi Chauhan has sung it perfectly though and hopefully the picturization on screen will make this song more popular. No one other than Sonu Nigam could have pulled off a song like Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte which is a treat for all those who love the classic era film songs but even this trick has been used in earlier films several times and although this song is enjoyable, it is nothing great. Tunes from classics, lyrics from other classics and even the names of classic films are mixed together to create this song. In fact you may find yourself identifying the tune and the lyrics as often lyrics from one classic are matched to the tune of another. An average number which will probably look great on screen as it is rumoured to feature some of Bollywood's current leading ladies (Kajol, Rani, Priety, Lara) in guest appearances along with of course Shah Rukh. Dancing Jodi is an instrumental track which is almost a remix of Dance Pe Chance minus most of the lyrics. The tunes Haule Haule and Tujhe Mein Rab Dikhta Hai are also brought in with their lyrics being an underlay. Probably a tune which will be used for a stage performance in the film. Although the songs of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi are nice, they aren't anything great and definitely a far cry from the songs of DDLJ or even Mohabbatein. Their biggest drawback is that they remain mostly ordinary and do not really have anything extraordinary to offer. Not a single song can be labelled as the soul; it's an average album but one which will surely be uplifted by their picturization as they sound like situational tracks which will sound better when heard with visuals.
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