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Review: Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is a laugh

Review: Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is a laugh

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 06 November 2009

Movie Title

Review: Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is a laugh

Director

Rajkumar Santoshi

Star Cast

Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Upen Patel, Darshan Jariwala, Asrani, Salman Khan, Govind Namdeo

When you find yourself laughing despite yourself at the madcap slapstick being presented, you appreciate the flair of the actors and director.

In the hands of lesser talent, you might have scoffed at the unsophisticated juvenility of it all. Here, you laugh along, celebrating each silly gag.

So you have Prem (Ranbir Kapoor) as the President of a local Happy Club (he wears a shiny badge); the perfect excuse for doing nothing the whole day.

The group, based in a small hill-station, is full of jobless, aimless friends who kidnap girls from their restricting families to unite them with their lovers. Mad things happen.

At one point, three different women are mistaken to be their target as all are wearing the same colour. Such a silly joke...but you'll catch yourself guffawing.

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Prem meets Jenny (Katrina) and a love triangle develops, the finale to which is not different from most Hindi films. You can't help spotting the cliches? the hero's loyal buddies, an overbearing father, the protective mother, the heroine who must be rescued again and again and again, the predictable romance, the slimy politician and more such. And yet you're willing to overlook.

Mainly for Ranbir Kapoor who has honestly proven himself to be a talent tornado! Slapstick, emotion, dance, clever lines, romance ? the actor tops the class in all!

So in one scene he's all mesmerised by the girl, in the other scene he's making you crack up with some clowning around, in the third he?s got you in the palm of his hand in an emotional scene.

This is Ranbir's show all the way and he carries the film with effortless grace. Katrina Kaif's energy adds to the film as she excels in the comedy and looks every bit the new-age Cinderella complete with a nasty step-mother. One wishes her role went beyond the damsel-in-distress routine.

Ajab Prem... is replete with fun references to Santoshi's past films especially Andaz Apna Apna ? the Ello Ello song materialises in one scene, as does a don who roams around with an unloaded gun, a black mark on the cheek leads to confusion and so on.

Music by Pritam is interesting; cinematography, sound design, editing are all top notch.

Writer-director Rajkumar Santoshi defines versatility like few can. Look at his filmography ? he's done Damini, Andaz Apna Apna and the perplexingly below-par Halla Bol.

Fans of Andaz Apna Apna, and there are plenty, are hugely excited about Santoshi?s return to comedy. It's difficult, however, comparing AAA with APKGK as both follow different schools of humour ? Andaz... was all about ridiculous situations, mixed identities and witty lines while Ajab... involves goofier, physical comedy.

There?s nothing 'ghazab' (extraordinary) about the conventional love story but the journey to the destination is full of laughs. Go for this cheerful, good-natured film to light up your weekend.

Verdict: Three stars

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