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11-08-2010, 11:23 PM #1
Exclusive DVD Review Anjaana Anjaani
By Joginder Tuteja, November 8, 2010 - 14:36 IST
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra
Director: Siddharth Anand
Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
Lyrics: Kumaar, Neelesh Misra, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Anvita Dutt Guptan, Caralisa Monteiro, Irshad Kamil, Kausar Munir
One is surprised to see the DVD of Anjaana Anjaani on stands, more so because the film was released barely a month back. Nevertheless, in the season when quite a few other biggies are arriving in theatres, it is not a bad deal at all to see this romantic comedy about a suicidal couple, Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, which finds meaning in living life to the fullest and ultimately sets out on a new direction in life.
Writer-director Siddharth Anand must certainly be knowing his job after making four films. He brings that to fore by adopting a contrasting colour scheme for the two halves of the film. The first half has a European touch to it, as evidenced in not just the grey and darker colour shade that follows but also many a claustrophobic close up shots that Siddharth takes of his central protagonists. He knows that in the film, Ranbir and Priyanka are going through a pain in life and in order to depict it all just right, he takes help of his cinematographer as well as background music composers.
To say that all of this works really well would be an understatement since Anjaana Anjaani carries certain finesse to it. The only hitch? While the first 30 minutes pass quite smoothly, its the latter portions that start making viewer a tad impatient. No, the sequences by no means are unbearable. However, for a musical love story, there are far lesser songs in the first half. Also, the pace dips as the film progresses and though it doesn't quite end up frustrating the viewer, it does make one look forward to what the second half has to offer.
To one's pleasant surprise, the second half of the film sees a constant rise in the graph as the two central protagonists decide to whole heartedly embrace life and live it to the fullest without worrying about the future. In the narrative that follows here for a little more than an hour, the colour scheme is far more vibrant and eye pleasing, hence fitting in well with the mood of the protagonists. There is fun, love, surprises, celebrations and especially half a dozen songs that make the second half of Anjaana Anjaani a breezy affair. Frankly, this is the point where one starts feeling far higher about Anjaana Anjaani than it seemed during its interval point.
As is the requirement for any musical love story, there have to be enough moments that a viewer can take home. In Anjaana Anjaani too, there are quite a few from start to finish of the film. The suicide sequence atop the bridge, the one where they find themselves in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, the point where their car is stolen, the gay club sequence, their separation, the pre-climax revelation and finally the reunion. Really, many such moments ensure that for most of the film's duration, you have a smile on your face.
Not that the film works consistently well from start to finish. As stated earlier, the first half tends to stretch before things start perking up again in the second half. Also, since the treatment is akin to a Hollywood love story, a few who have been fed on Bollywood from start till date may complain of being presented with something unusual and perhaps boring. Moreover, some may also feel that there are too many songs in the second half and hence may be put off.
However, the fact is that for a film like, music actually plays a very important role, both as a part of the film's narrative (Vishal-Shekhar) as well as the background score (Salim-Sulaiman). This is where Anjaana Anjaani score more brownie points as the background score is truly international, classy and extremely appealing. Also, the song compositions by Vishal-Shekhar work quite well in moving the narrative forward, especially in the second half where as many has half-a-dozen songs come one after another.
From performances perspective, Priyanka Chopra is very good once again after films like Fashion, Dostana and What's Your Raashee? She is one young woman who has caught the tricks of the trade quite well and she puts them on display once again in Anjaana Anjaani. She breathes life to her character and most importantly, plays it in a manner which is totally inimitable. As for Ranbir Kapoor, he is quite loveable once again and is someone who would be adored. However, his one dimensional characterisation means that he is forced to emote in a singular manner for most part of the film's duration.
Siddharth Anand has an eye for visuals and that is apparent once again after seeing his work in Anjaana Anjaani. Pick up any of his earlier films and one can see his fascination when it comes to taking folks to virgin locales. For the right results in Anjaana Anjaani, producer Sajid Nadiadwala has left no stones unturned to give the film a polished look and that is visible in practically every single sequence in Anjaana Anjaani.
Anjaana Anjaani comes in an eye catchy paper and plastic packaging and bears a classy presentation.
The film's duration is 145 minutes.
- 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- Subtitles - English & Arabic
- Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo
At the end of it all, an observation is crystal clear. You may scoff at the romcom genre followed in Bollywood. You may call them as passé. You may term them as outdated. You may put them down as cliché. But you can't really ignore them. Well, as long as they are presented beautifully, packed with two superstars, laced with more than half a dozen melodious songs and quite importantly promoted impressively. This is what Anjaana Anjaani is all about, a package deal that works for most of its duration.