During the shutdown, I started watching RNBDJ with a plan to writing some real snazzy n witty reviews where I just tear the movie apart. Everybody who has seen the movie had such funny stuff to say about it, I could have just compiled all their comments into one helluva funny review.
Unfortunately, I have a conscience, and it requires that I actually see the movie before writing a review about it. And, that I write what I feel about the movie.
So, I sat down to watch it on video. I have yet to finish watching it. The movie is soooo damn boring, that I ended up snoozing halfway through (right after that Dance pe chance song). And, I have just not felt the inclination to continue watching it. That’s the reason this post is titled “Movie Review (Kinda)“.
Some aspects of the movie were just intolerable, such as:
- Shah Rukh Khan as a Punjabi – I think he just didn’t look the part. He also looked way too old when he comes as Raj. Actually, Shahid Kapoor would have been a better fit for the role. Aditya Chopra needs to get over his Shah Rukh fixation.
- The movie is so uncool – This is a little hard for me to explain, but I will try. I find that Chopras are never able to create cool characters in their movies. They all have only one single aspect to their personality and come across so blah. One very strong example of this is Mohabbatein – where none of the 3 young couples came across as fun / cool / any personality at all. Contrast this with Jaane tu ya Jaane na, or Dil Chahta Hai, or even Rang de Basanti, where the characters had some attitude and panache. In RNBDJ, both Shah Rukh and Anoushka are as bland as corn flakes.
- Golden Temple shots – I am getting very irritated with this constant barrage of shots of the Golden Temple of late. It was very nice to see in Rang de Basanti. I could tolerate it in Singh is Kingg. But once again ?? That too, such poorly taken visuals. Golden Temple is such a beautiful structure, it is actually insulting when it is shot in such a shabby manner.
- Rab’s role – Why is Rab responsible for making jodis? Surely, he has far more important work to do. Also, it seems a sad way to make a jodi by killing of the unfortunate fiance.
Strangely, the one aspect that everyone found unbelievable (that Anoushka could not recognize her husband after his makeover) somewhat easy to swallow. If you allow for the fact that they were newly weds, she hardly knows him and is not close to him, and she is grieving over her dead fiance – it makes sense that she would not recognize him at all. In fact, during most conversations with her husband, she is barely even looking at him.
Question ? – Do bank officers in Amritsar take bath out of a tap in the outside of the house? without a geyser? in winter also ?
Second question? – Do you think it is worth-while for me to watch the rest of the film?