Rab ne Bana di Jodi – Movie Review (Kinda)


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?

8 Responses
  • skyfullofclouds
    September 2, 2009

    To answer your questions –

    As much as I know, Amritsar is a fairly modern city where people actually have bathrooms in their houses. Hehe, so Mr. Aditya Chopra should work a little more on his next movie and make it look realistic, at least on screen. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And no, it wasn’t worth watching the movie really. If you didn’t bother watching the rest of it, you saved yourself from having thoughts of killing the producer and director with a hand grenade ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Nish
      September 3, 2009

      That’s what I thought…that scene of him having a bath under the tap really startled me ๐Ÿ™‚ . Felt like I was watching something from the 80s!

      Am glad that I never bothered with the rest of the movie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shekhar
    January 25, 2009

    rab ne banadi jodi is one of the biggest hits

    sharukha is best

    • Nish
      January 26, 2009

      True, I love Shah Rukh as well. Just not that much in Rab ne …

  • caseys2377
    January 13, 2009

    Heyy.. Lowe ur banner thingie… I remember tht you had mentioned u were planning 2 customize it – gr8 job!!

    Hahaha – Yes.. ths is one movie – I don’t want to watch – thnx to ur review! Did you read ’bout how much it has grossed?? I am sure the number was arrived at with the help of the accountants and auditors who were part of the Saytam Book fixing scam! Will the Chopras write a confession – No chance ๐Ÿ˜€

    • nishikk
      January 13, 2009

      Heheh…ya, the banner came out OK, but I am planning to replace it soon with another photo / painting / something creative … somehow, it did not come out exactly the way I had visualized it.

      I know, RNBDJ is one of the biggest hits. Don’t know how that happened. For that matter even Om Shanti Om was a pretty sad movie…

  • nishikk
    January 12, 2009

    haha…looking forward to read your thoughts on the movie. For me, it was unbearable, and I could not sit through it even for the sake of blogging about it ๐Ÿ™

  • Deepa
    January 11, 2009

    Oh.. Please do.. So u can find out the heights of confusion in the director’s mind…..

    I logged in to write about this movie when I saw yours ๐Ÿ™‚ Honestly I have no idea how am going to explain the loss of Rs.220 at PVR yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ But I will try…

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