Sunday, December 12, 2010

#2: Band Baaja Baarat

I was sceptical of it as I entered the hall. No reliable actors, a movie about wedding planners, based in Delhi- it had a few too many factors against it to go for it. But there I was with the popcorn in hand sitting on a Saturday night with a couple of friends.

Pleasantly surprised- just about begins to capture it as it turned out to be one of the most refreshing new-age love stories to come out of Bollywood. Indian film-makers have often resorted to a flat storyline of a boy-meets-girl and lately there've been a slew of movies that tried to replicate the in-college infatuation of the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na... ilk that eventually turns out to be love for the protagonists in the climax. I guess it all probably began with the eminently forgettable Neal-n-Nikki and lately went on to afflict movies like Pyaar Impossible, Break Ke Baad and I Hate Luv Storys.

Whats different about BBB is the setting. To weave the story of the lead actors against the consistent thread of a wedding planning agency is what does the trick for the movie. Both the actors emote well and with the help of some smartly written quips evoke laughs all throughout. While I've been told this is the remake of a Malayalam movie, the fact that the Delhi-ism of the movie itself is a character that stands out through the movie should be noted as a credit for the director Maneesh Sharma. Although the movie could've had quickened it's pace a bit in the second half, an investment of 2 hours and 20 minutes wouldn't be a waste on this movie. Just before the first half, there's an intimate scene between Ranveer and Anoushka that should rank right up amongst one of the best on-screen kisses in Bollywood.

Often in a theater it's not hard to see when the audience starts getting fidgety with the on-screen fare. The fact that such moments were few in this one speaks a lot for this one.