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    Default Movie Review: Ladies vs Ricky Bahl

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    Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, as the title suggests, is primarily a tussle between a charismatic con man Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) and three lovely ladies- Dimple (Parineeti), Raina (Dipannita) and Saira (Aditi). The war begins when Ricky (in disguise of fictitious names) cheats on the ladies by disappearring with their money. Raina being the smartest of all, along with Dimple and Saira, plans to take revenge from Ricky, with a help of small-time sales-woman who works in a mall- Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma). They are on the verge of winning the battle, when Ishika falls in love with Ricky, who too claims to be all hers. Now, will Ishika remain loyal to the ladies and con Ricky or will she get carried away in love is what follows next in the story.


    Story Treatment:

    Aditya Chopra, as a story-writer keeps up the suspense element sustained throughout the film but somehow, the plot fizzles out as the film approaches its climax; thanks to its typical happy love story element, which is inseparable from Hindi cinema. The extremely pacy screenplay with loads of twists and turns, keeps one at the edge of the seat throughout. More footage to the three ladies, deviating away from main leads most of the times, could be disappointing for the fans of Anushka and Ranveer.



    Star Cast:

    First half belongs to Ranveer Singh. He delivers a flawless performance. But, his impact starts reducing as post interval he does less of talking. Anushka Sharma is completely natural as far as acting is concerned. Her quality of speaking with eyes is outstanding. But, somehow her skinny look doesn’t appeal much. Newbie Parineeti Chopra is a rockstar. She, at times overshadows the other characters in the film with her energetic performance. Dipannita Sharma impresses at some places but looks slightly uncomfortable during the beginning. Aditi Sharma plays her part well.

    Direction:

    Maneesh Sharma yet again proves his filmmaking prowess. Ladies vs Ricky Bahl isn’t an out of box subject like Band Baaja Baraat, considering its uncanny resemblance with films like Bachana Ae Haseeno, Khalnayak. The director is good at his job, but falls prey to its slightly vague story, where for instance, one wonders what makes Ishika fall in love with Ricky, when she is aware of his identity. Lastly, in the end, it is to be assumed that Anushka must've dreamt about Ricky eventually mending his ways, when none of other three ladies inform her about it.



    Music/ Cinematography/ Dialogues/Editing:

    Music doesn’t ring a bell at all, except for the song ‘Aadat Se Majboor’, which is the saving grace. Cinematography is commendable and adds on to the suspense element in the film. Dialogues are strictly okay with the editing matching up to the standards of the cinematography.

    3 Ups and 3 Downs:

    Good performances, direction, cinematography, screenplay are the high points. Dialogues, music, story and a cliché end deters the film to become a flawless venture.



    On the whole, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl is surely a one-time watch, but will need some good word of mouth publicity to sustain.




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    Default LADIES VS RICKY BAHL Movie Review: Con gone wrong

    It is never easy to play a conman who is also the hero. A hero has to be likeable and a guy who swindles widows is not exactly likeable. So what can a filmmaker like Maneesh Sharma do? He brings in Ranveer Singh, perhaps the only actor from the current crop who can straddle the line between heroism and villainy with ease. A perfect tribute to the actor whose dialogue “kabhi kabhi kuch jeetne ke liye kuch haarna bhi padta hai. Aur haar ke jeetne wale ko baazigar kehte hain” Ricky Bahl has as his callertune. Ranveer has you laughing at his antics, shocked at his coldness, swooning with his charm and saddened at his heartbreak, as he goes from Sunny Singh to Iqbal Khan to Deven Shah to even Diego D’Souza. He effortlessly changes his body language depending upon the character he has turned into for a con. But even he is not immune to the failings of the script.



    Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (LVRB) seems to have been written in a hurry just to cash in on the Ranveer-Anushka jodi after Band Baaja Baaraat. Their love story here begins in the middle of the second half and there is just not enough time for it to develop into a convincing narrative. Their chemistry has already begun to pall. Worse, there is no suspense in the film as we already know the entire plot from the trailer – Raina (Dipannita Sharma), Dimple (Parineeti Chopra) and Saira (Aditi Sharma), three of the 30 women Ricky has conned over the last 15 years, come together to take revenge with the help of Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma). You know what the end result is going to be even before Ishika is introduced, a few minutes before the interval, with Jazba.



    Anushka really needs to work on her diction though she has improved in her expressions. When Anushka as Ishika says, “I am not an actress. I can only do what comes naturally,” we agreed. Dipannita excels while Aditi is okay and Parineeti irritates. She has potential but her performance won’t leave you waiting with bated breath for Ishaqzaade.

    The songs aren’t that great (except for Aadat se majboor) and the dialogues aren’t memorable. LVRB doesn’t make you believe in true love or in good defeating evil or in honesty, goodness or kindness – something every Yash Raj Films production from Waqt to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and even BBB did. All LVRB does is leave you feeling uninspired.
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    Default Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl : Movie Review

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