Raj Kumar Santoshi has come up with a romantic comedy for just the 2nd time in his career. When Andaz Apna Apna came way back in 1994, it was a big box office failure despite the presence of big stars like Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Karishma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon. But over the years with its reruns on television, it has acquired a cult-like status among the people. In the midst of all this, he has come up with at times hard-hitting, at times woman oriented and many times very violent movies like Ghayal, Ghatak, Damini, China Gate, Lajja, Khakee to name a few.
So one is pretty surprised to see Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (which is projected as a rom-com) from his stable. This is the first Hindi movie I went to watch in the theater since coming here to Pune 5 months ago. I was just hoping that the 90 bucks spent would be worthed. From the first scene onwards, wherein Ranbir Kapoor catches a criminal because there’s no brake in his cycle, Santoshi promises complete entertainment not exactly mindless or slapstick like “All the Best” but with good dialogues and comic situations.
The dialogue writing is really brilliant. The witty one – liners from Ranbir from time – to – time make one laugh like never before. I am sure many of you would disagree with me but the point is that this movie hasn’t been projected to be some amazing blockbuster wherein you gotta put your brain and stuff like that. Its one of the most endearing family entertainers in recent times due to its simplicity that is no item songs, no skin show by Katrina, no vulgar or crude comedy nothing. What else does a movie – goer want.
Katrina as always looks gorgeous to say the least. I surely agree to the fact that she isn’t a great actress but she surely has improved quite a lot over the years and I am sure she’s capable of going a long way. She and Ranbir really do share a great on – screen chemistry and the freshness of this pairing is what makes you really love them.
Pritam is again back as the music director with songs from various singers including Alisha Chinoy, Atif Aslam, Hard Kaur, KK and many more. Even though he copies most of his music (which is obviously wrong), I am sure whenever we read that he is the music director, we surely await the movie. All the songs are good in their own way and aptly placed. But the best according to me has to be the two by Atif Aslam (Even though I dont have really good things to say about Pakistan, they surely have singing gems like him). The way he has sung Tu Jaane Na and Tere Hone Laga Hoon, you can’t help but remember your loved one (even if you don’t have, you would surely looong to have one :)). Especially the picturization of Tu Jaane Na is splendid.
It may not have a great story but it leaves you with a smile when you come out of the theater. So guys if you like a simple, sweet, cute, clean and wholesome family entertainer (which I am sure you will agree is difficult to find in Bollywood these days), then this is the movie for you. GO AND ENJOY IT!!!!