Director: Aditya Chopra
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan [Surinder Sahni]
Anushka Sharma [Taani]
Vinay Pathak [Bobby]
Aditya Chopra returns to direction after nearly eight years, to uphold the glory and magic of the Yash Raj Banner. Yash Raj’s most recent films, including Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Saathiya, Neal n’ Nikki, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Aaja Nachle, Tashan, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Roadside Romeo have bombed at the box office, and they turned to SRK, the “King Khan”, and also Aditya Chopra, to some extent, to save them some face.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi starts off as a narrative of an middle-aged, middle-class guy Surinder Sahni [played by Shah Rukh Khan] who works for Punjab Power, an electricity company. Rab di sau, he is completely devoid of love in his life. By Rab’s grace, he goes to his school teacher’s daugher’s Taani’s [played by Anuskha Sharma] marriage, and just like Rab as Rab wanted it, he fell instantly in love with her. Unfortunately, her fiance dies due to a road accident on that ill-fated day of her marriage, and out of Rab’s will, Taani’s father too suffers a severe heart attack, and has a last wish before going to Rab, that he gets his daughter Taani married to Surinder, the best match for her.
See how it feels? The word Rab, which translates into God, is used exactly eighteen times in the entire film. Try suing me if the number is wrong. I haven’t included the songs or the background music. Rab is spoken five times within the initial one-hundred-and-seventy-two seconds. Irritating? The film’s just begun.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is about this clumsy dork Surinder Sahni. The character is potrayed effortlessly by SRK, acting superbly in every scene. There’s not a single moment when you want to take your eyes off him. Living in a large kothi near the amazing Golden Temple in Amritsar (which looks absolutely stunning and gleams in the sun, excellent camera work!), Surinder is a middle-class guy who agrees to marry Taani, as her fiance dies on the day of her marriage. He wants to see Taani happy and gleeful like before, unlike her current mood of sadness and gloom. There are moments when Surinder wants to place some signs of love for Taani, but stops himself, reminding himself about her tragedy. There is this awesome scene when his Transcend 4GB Slider Pen Drive is inserted in his Compaq laptop running Office 2007 on Windows XP, and Taani turns up. In his excitement and clumsiness, he stands up, forgetting that the pen drive was strung to his neck, and thus overturning his lappie. Only SRK can pull of such an expression with extreme perfection.
So when she asks him about joining Dancing Jodi (Mumbai ki bahut badi dancing cumpanee), he agrees immediately. Taking his sidekick Bobby’s help (played superbly by Vinay Pathak), he transforms himself into a metrosexual guy Raj, as he wants to see Taani in her original naachti phudakti style, as she was before marriage. Kyunki yeh kahani Rab (and Aditya Chopra) likh rahe hain, he becomes her dance partner for a competition Dancing Jodi.
What follows is confusion and drama, when Surinder tries to hide Raj from Taani. She eventually falls in love with Raj, as she begins to see Rab in him, and is in a dilemma, whether to run away with her lover, or stay with her boring husband, oblivious of the fact that both are the same persons. Meanwhile Bobby urges Surinder to reveal the truth about Raj’s identity, but he Surinder refrains from doing so, as he wants to see whom Taani really loves. There are some emotional moments, some cliched scenes, and some boring segments, but Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi has a fair amount of well-choreographed foot-tapping numbers. There is this song called Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte, the line SRK often repeats in the movie, which uses lyrics from songs of Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna and Rishi Kapoor (yes, in that same order!) to create a medley under a tune of their own. The effects is quite good, and I liked it, though it did look strange. There is also this juvenile bike scene, where Taani does some Dhoom action with Raj sitting behind, to chase another Jodi which picked up a fight with them. Quite funny!
Finally, when Taani has become ready to run away with Raj on the final day of the competition, she begins to see Rab in Surinder, and decides against it. The climax is absolutely stupid, when Taani realises that she has been fooled, as both Raj is Surinder in actuality.
Anushka Sharma acts pretty well, but her poorly written role makes her unable to outshine Shah Rukh Khan’s brilliance in playing Surinder. Vinay Pathak is absolutely outstanding, and potrays is character of a sidekick and barber fantastically. Hats off to him! However, the script is flawed and the story doesn’t know where its going. Although I would not recommend spending lots of money on this film, do watch it in a multiplex if you must, so that you have a comfortable chair to relax on, during the boring parts of the movie.
Detailed Ratings [Out of 5]