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Day 40 - What's Your Raashee?


Film Review

I am right out of the cinema and this review is fresh-out-of-the-oven. As always I like to give my verdict first and then explain why. So, I liked the movie but ...

It was a sweet, clean, entertaining movie (based on the novel 'Kimball Ravenswood' by Madhu Rye) with a potential to be excellent but unfortunately had some glitches. For the benefit of my non-Indian readers, I am talking about a Hindi movie which released this weekend - What's your Raashee? - (Raashee means Sun Sign in hindi). It's a story about an eligible bachelor, Mr. Yogesh Patel (from Chicago) in search for his prospective wife (through arranged marriage). He decides to meet 12 girls of 12 different sun signs and hopes to fall in love at-first-sight with one of them.

While the story is engaging and the performances believable, the duration of the movie is one of it's adversities. The story could have easily been said in under 2 hours (the movie is 3.5 hours long). The screenplay is very weak and doesn't bind the movie well. What I didn't understand is what was the criteria of choosing the 12 girls by the match maker (Uncle of Yogesh). It seemed he just did a lucky draw and picked out 12 different girls from each sun sign. While Ashutosh Gowariker (Director) takes his sweet time to build up the suspense, yet the climax seems rushed and unsatisfactory.

The music is strictly average as well. Mostly when you walk out of the movie there is one song that stays with you and you want to hear it on your way back home. Unfortunately, the album lacks any such track. Although some of the songs had sweet melody but nothing that I would wanna download on my iPod/iTouch! Oh! and the choreography of the songs was just terrible except the one with Mallika choreographed my Terence Lewis.

Priyanka's performance was first rate. I personally liked the character of Anjali (the first girl, Yogesh meets) the most. She really got under the skin of this character, I thought. However, the character of some of the other girl's she plays, are underwritten (like Kajal - the-college-going-bubble-gum-chewing-girl or Bhavna - the astrologer). The songs act as a hinderance in story. You never get to know the character because they always burst into a song (except Anjali & Jhankhana).

Harman Baweja was extremely likable and convincing in the character of Yogesh Patel. A much better performance in comparison to his previous movies. Everyone else was, I guess, appropriate for their parts!

Bottom line - Watch it only if you have 3.5 hours to waste, else wait for the DvD so that you can forward the annoying songs!

Week 6 | Day 40 | 25th September 2009
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