Director: Aanand Rai
Producer: Krishika Lulla
Plot: Raanjhanaa is the story of a simple Hindu boy (Dhanush) from Banaras, who falls deeply in love with a beautiful muslim girl (Sonam) and is ready to go to any limits for her. Little boy Dhanush falls in love with Sonam at the first sight. He follows her for many years and finally confesses his love for her. She rejects him at first but after a series of hysterical slaps, 15 to be precise, Zoya (Sonam) decides to meet him. After several meetings and a wrist-slitting exercise by Dhanush, they fall in love but their romance is short-lived as Sonam’s parents discover their secret affair and she’s promptly packed away to another city. Sonam returns to the city 8 years later to find that Dhanush is still madly in love with her and still equally ready to slit his wrist if she denies his proposal. But, Sonam has matured and does not give in to his demands, as she is no longer in love with him. Sonam declares to Dhanush that she is in love with Abhay Deol.
Technical aspect: Set in the beautiful city of Banaras, the movie starts on a good note. The first half captures and engulfs you with its intensity and vibrancy. Dhanush’s genuine innocence makes you empathize with his character instantly. But towards the end of the first half the story goes complete haywire. Raanjhnaa feels like two different moves in the first half and second half. While the first half is colorful and intense the second half is un-apologetically abrupt. Double marriage plans, an untimely death, revenge, and even a political campaign are weaved into the simple love story, making it unbearably complex.
Performances: The most memorable performances belong to Swara Bhaskar and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Bindiya, Dhanush’s crazy lover and Murari, Dhanush’s ever loyal friend. Dhanush slips into his character with ease. His boyish charm and innocence is perfect for the role of the small town romeo Kundan. Kudos to him for bringing life to the dull charater of Kundan, who is always ready to die or kill someone for his lady love. Sonam does not bring in much to her character apart from the change in wardrobe and styling. Abhay Deol’s performance is impressive although he gets only a few minutes on screen.
The Watch this movie for the genuine performances by Dhanush and Abhay deol.
Note : You will not like this movie if obsessive love stories are not your cup of tea.