Tht talkies : Not Jodi No 1
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Vinay Pathak
Director: Aditya Chopra
Being screened at theatres near you
The movie begins with the shy and docile Surinder Sawhney (Shah Rukh Khan) bringing home his newly wed wife Taani (Anushka Sharma), and recalls how the marriage took place. Khan is at a wedding and falls in love with the most bubbly and lively girl there, who happens to be the bride and the professor’s daughter. Then news arrives that the bus carrying the groom had an accident and everyone is dead. The professor requests Surinder to marry Taani.
Though they are married, they lead separate lives. One day a dance troupe from Bombay arrives and Taani, who loves dancing, joins the group. Surinder tries a new look, cool and hep, given by his friend Vinay Pathak, to go and watch Taani dance, but they end up being partners for the final competition.
Raj (Surinder’s alter ego) brings out the cheerful side of Taani, so Surinder decides he will let Raj live on.
So, it is the battle between these two sides of Surinder to win Taani’s love that forms the story.
Aditya Chopra disappoints because as a comeback movie, this ...Jodi just doesn’t have enough substance. The storyline is not strong enough, especially in today’s time, when movies with an intellectual quotient are making it big. Even the characters are too stereotyped, too good to be true, without any shades of grey. The strong point about the movie is the humour. The cinematography is excellent and Amritsar has been captured magnificently from the small alleys, to the Golden temple to its panoramic beauty.
The most essential part of the movie Shah Rukh Khan is another disappointment. There is nothing new that leaves an impact. It just feels like his could have been a character which has been taken out from any of his romantic movies from over the years. Sharma has a charismatic appeal and shines on screen and is good acting-wise too, but it’s her too sweet character that is a bit too much to digest.
The one person who is terrific in the movie is Vinay Pathak.
If you’re ready to go back a few decades into Bollywood and have a taste of the typical Bollywood film complete with emotions, drama, comedy, singing and dancing minus the fighting sequences, this is the perfect choice. Make sure to leave all your logic back home as one of the most defining moments makes you want to cringe at the sheer absurdity of it. But do go and watch it for an enjoyable time and a hearty laugh.