Anjaana-Anjaani – Strange Stuff

Anjaana- Anjaani stars Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in a journey across America reliving a journey of their life.  The movie directed by Siddharth Anand is ‘inspired’ from several films including a French one ‘Girl on the Bridge’ where the lead characters meet on a bridge while attempting suicide for different reasons and also inspired from ‘The Bucket List’ when they decide to live their last few days of life happily but then like most Bollywood ‘masala’ films they ‘live’ happily ever after. Even the poster of the film was blatantly copied from ‘An Education‘ as pointed out by me previously Here.

The director is confused at times and the storyline has no clear path. The reasons for committing suicide also looks flimsy. Question is When two persons feels ‘low’ enough to commit suicide, how come in next scene suddenly starts celebrating like a teenager in college party ? No logic to the film plot. But then thats how ‘yash raj – dharma- johar’ brand of Bollywood is. They even treat a dark subject like suicide in candy-floss way !! The director is trained in Yash Raj school of film making, so no surprises there.

The Movie is more about chemistry between the lead actors as most romantic movies are. Ranbir acts very natural and suits the role while Priyanka is okeyish but many a times looks unnaturally fake and goes over the top and almost irritating to the core. The movie has absolutely no other characters worth remembering and when wooden Zayed Khan is your surprise, you are in serious trouble. The supporting characters are just there to fill up some scenes. The movie has what every ‘yash raj’ brand of cinema has targetting captive NRI audience.

The locales of major USA cities and highways is nicely captured and the movie at times looks like a travel guide across America but was so boring that I was hoping for Shah Rukh Khan from My Name is Khan to show up on one of the roads asking for lift.  There is customory Las Vegas Casinos, Golden Gate Bridge and New York skylines. There is also discos, strip joints, standard gay humor, fat white americans, stupid thieves, medical emergency kinda scene etc etc. High time to realize that just good photography, good stars, fancy clothings but not much depth in story dont make good cinema. NRI audience and yuppie South Mumbai Under 25  crowd  might lap up such movies and hare-brained plots but the movie has nothing to offer to anyone. The music by Vishal-Shekhar and background score at times are decent and I did like some of the songs as well especially the Lucky Ali one ‘Hairaat’. But then there were too many songs one after the other in 2nd half.

Watch it for Ranbir Kapoor, the emerging superstar and a good actor too, although needs to choose roles carefully else would be type-caste in certain kinds of roles only. Priyanka needs to control herself, she is in her prime years, should not waste good opportunities to prove herself as better actress then most around.

My Ratings –  4/10 – Avoidable barring Ranbir Kapoor

Which of these year end Bollywood movies would be successful at the Box Office ?

Which of these year end Bollywood movies would be successful at the Box Office?

First of the block is Anjaana Anjaani – Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra crisscrossing across American Highways, directed by Siddharth Anand. The films release was pushed back by a week ancipating the ‘Babri’ trial verdict, but now even the verdict has been postponed. Lets see if the film is able to weather this storm and also Rajnikanth’s mega blockbuster Robot (dubbed in Hindi from Tamil original Endhiran) also starring Aishwarya Rai, releases on the same day.

Then there is Aakrosh starring Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna about the ‘honour killing’ issue directed by Priyadarshan. This movie has been postponed till 15th October and is currently battling the Censor Board about the sensitive issue it is tackling. Jhootha Hi Sahi starring John Abraham directed by Abbas Tyrewala releases the same day as well. In between Emraan Hashmi’s Crook about racism problems with Indian students in Australia and Knock Out starring Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan and Kangana Ranaut which seems like inspired from Hollywood movie ‘ Phone Booth’. Then there is Raktha Charitra – I by Ramgopal Verma starring Shatrughan Sinha, Vivek Oberoi and Surya about the noted gangster Paritala Ravi.

Diwali in early November sees two big releases confronting for the box office success. Golmaal -3 stars the usual Golmaal gang of Ajay Devgn, Tushaar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi along with Kareena Kapoor as one of the ‘boys’ this time. This film clashes with Vipul Shah directed Action Replayy starring Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai going back in time with the retro 70s look. 19th November sees Hrithik Roshan as paraplegic with nurse Aishwarya Rai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much awaited Guzaarish. There is also Break ke Baad starring Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone directed by Kunal Kohli

December sees Ashutosh Gowariker’s  Khelein Hum Jee Jan Sey based on Chittagong Mutiny of 1930 starring Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone. End of December sees probabaly the biggest film of the season Tees Maar Khan directed by Farah Khan starring Akshay Kumar, Akshaye Khanna and Katrina Kaif.

Apart from these big films there are many small films, medium films, art-house films all set to unfurl on the Box office during this end of the year period. Let us see which one amongst them are successful.

Anjaana Anjaani – First Look

Hmm.. this one’s for the youth and the NRI market, straight out of YRF /Dharma school of films. The film is called Anjaana-Anjaani and stars Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, directed by Siddharth Anand ( Salaam Namaste, Bachna Ae Haseeno). The film is supposedly ‘inspired’ from a movie ‘Girl on the Bridge’ – a French film (La fille sur le pont)

It is due for a late September release. Whatever the movie is but it will take a big opening at the box office due to the current rage of Ranbir Kapoor and of course the settings of the film.

Here is the first look..

The video works directly on YOUTUBE only, for now.

Looking at the first poster of the film Anjaana Anjaani we realize that even the poster is ‘inspired’ from the poster of Hollywood film ‘An Education’ . Check out both posters here.