Yash Raj Films has been pushing the envelope since the last couple of years and have come up with interesting films like Lafangey Parindey, New York, Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year, Dil Bole Hadippa!, etcetera.
However, though the Yash Raj Films banner underwent a revamp with fresh subjects, they still had few hits. Hopefully, with Band Baaja Baaraat, that’s about to change.
The story’s set in Delhi. Shruti (Anushka Sharma) is almost out of college and working part-time with an aunt’s wedding planning company. Her parents ask her, just as she’s about to graduate, whether they should look for a groom. But Shruti has other plans - that of setting up her own wedding planner business.
And it’s not just a flaky dream - she has everything down from saving up for the investments to how she wants to scale up.
Then she meets Bittoo, “double t, double o” (Ranveer Singh), who she catches eating free food at a wedding. She calls him a “cheapda” and “vela”, he calls her “time-waste”. But he’s smitten, and she only agrees to a friendship.
In order to escape working in his dad’s sugarcane fields, Bittoo begs her to take him on as a partner in her “biness”. They start small, slowly scaling up, and complementing each other on all counts. Theirs is a work-team made in heaven. And then the unexpected happens.
The girl who said pyaar and vyapaar can’t mix contradicts her own words. And what about the smitten fellow? Will he feel thankful for having his feelings reciprocated or will he now feel they shouldn’t mix a successful business with love?
Find out, and also discover the sweat and tears of organising weddings the Indian way.
Anushka Sharma, only three films old, acts out this complex character effortlessly and with loads of charm. From the first frame to the last, this young actress owns the film!
Ranveer Singh makes a confident debut, giving a wonderfully uninhibited performance.
The film has been written by Habib Faisal who directed the charming Do Dooni Chaar recently. Debut writer-director Maneesh Sharma (he was assistant director on Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi) brings us a bitter-sweet tale of love and friendship, completely ignoring Hindi film stereotypes of this genre.
Indeed it is refreshing to see a film about weddings that is neither loud nor preaching customs and archaic traditions. Instead, Sharma brings us a reflection of evolving India that still loves its shaadis and all the drama that comes with it.
There’s lots of naach-gaana and also a clever revamp of the wedding favourite Baari Barsi track.
Namrata Rao’s (Love Sex aur Dhoka, Ishqiya) effective editing keeps the film’s momentum going. It’s easy to miss the cinematography in such a film, but one must give due credit by the vibrant and alive photography by Aseem Mishra (Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, New York<).
Salim-Sulaiman’s (Anjaana Anjaani, I Hate Luv Storys) songs make you tap your feet, a sure-fire hit at weddings. Fabulous lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya (Anjaana Anjaani, Udaan, No One Killed Jessica) are a treat.
So there you have it - a bright, dancy, feel-good movie that doesn’t insult your intelligence. What’s not to like?
Rating: 3.5 stars