Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Movie Review - Bachna Ae Haseeno (Hindi, 2008)

Bachna Ae Haseeno is promoted as a young yuppie film that promises good music, exotic locales and fun-filled moments. Does the movie deliver that???

Ranbir Kapoor is the heart and soul of the film. His character arc progresses from an 18 year old boy to a 30ish guy and he carries of his role with aplomb. I didn't watch Saawariya and hence had no pre-conceived notions about his acting ability and was pleasantly surprised with his assured performance.

The story is broken down into 3 segments during his growing up years where he gets to romance three beautiful ladies and how that shapes his perceptions as he gets older.

Minissha Lamba plays a small town girls who is taking a trip across Europe where she runs into Ranbir (DDLJ style). She is completely besotted with the Raj character from DDLJ and is pretty much living in a dream world. This portion of the movie makes a lot of reference to DDLJ and not all them come off well. Few years down the line, he gets into a live-in relationship with Bipasha Basu who is an aspiring dancer and quite modern in her outlook. That she is vulnerable too at the same time makes her a very believable character and her performance is quite engaging. The last act features Deepika Padukone playing a taxi-driving MBA student in Australia with a very independent streak and a strong mind. Her character isn't as well etched as the other two and her lack of expressions only adds to a damp performance.

A special mention needs to be made about Bipasha Basu's designer. She is absolutely stunning whenever she is on the screen and is quite an eye candy. She is especially delicious in the "Lucky Boy" song. All the songs have been well choreographed and the frequent usage of the yesteryear song "Bachna Ae Haseeno" just helps the story move along.

The movie is full of subtle humour and they helps in the pacing of the movie. While the second half is definitely over the top and dragging at places and could have one with some trimming, the cinematography is top-notch and the songs are well placed.

This movie is definitely a fun-filled outing!!!

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