Hey, let us discuss and review the movie Bachane Ae Haseeno, just another typical Hindi movie…
Bachna Ae Haseeno Movie Review – My Findings
1970 – Simi breaks the innocent heart of young Raj Kapoor (played by Rishi Kapoor) in Mera Naam Joker. So do Padmini and that Russian damsel.
Cut to 2008. Where grandfather failed, Ranbir Raj Kapoor succeeds. He warns the haseenaayeins right in the beginning though – Bachna Ae Haseeno.
In a tailor made role, he excels and it’s tough to imagine any other contemporary hero showing such a wide range. He plays both teenager and a mature thirty year old with equal panache. Very impressive. He definitely has the best of all the Kapoors – Raj’s intensity, Shammi’s effervescence, Shashi’s style, Dabboo’s comic talent, Chintu’s charm and his mom’s face!
Fortunately, Bachna Ae Haseeno has more to offer than just the future superstar.
Aditya Chopra is in prime form. At least in two of his three stories. The best one is Minissha Lamba’s.
Next is Bipasha’s. Only Deepika’s looks like half-etched. I think it needed more explanation why she changes her mind so abruptly.
Anyway, coming back to the strenghts, Aditya Chopra’s story is so well narrated that you remain hooked throughout. Siddharth Anand is first rate as the director. The first half is so interesting that I had decided on giving it 4 stars if only it continued like that in the second half too.
Among the heroines, I think Minissha Lamba disappoints big time. Why was she selected in this role in the first place? She looks weird as a teenager with age showing clearly on her face. And even in the later half she fails to impress.
Deepika Padukone does not get much of a scope. She looks stunning but her character is not well sketched. The meatiest role belongs to Bipasha Basu. She is simply outstanding. She leaves a strong mark behind playing a jilted-in-love super model. Watch out for her expressions first when Ranbir ditches her and later when she makes him dance to her tunes – “Chhoti unlgi pe nachayegi small town girl”.
Vishal Shekhar‘s music is excellent. Lucky Ali adds his magic in “Ahista ahista…” which is the best picturized number. Routine YRF song in Switzerland but done so differently – on a snow roller coaster and with bikers following a tiny scooty. “Khuda jaane…” has that haunting feel, as attached with many of KK’s songs. Very beautifully done, it has real life love birds Deepika and Ranbir putting the screen on fire.
In the context of the movie, even “Jogi mahi…” and “Small town girl…” look and sound good. But the one I like the most is the title track. It first plays while the beginning credits roll and then keeps playing intermittently in the background. Sumit Kumar is a perfect voice for the youthful Ranbir. Reminds of Amit Kumar of Love Story days. However no words are enough to thank the original score given by the great Pancham Da, which lifts this kinda remix to an altogether different level. Truly brilliant!
Kunal Kapoor gives a knockout punch in a well written cameo. Now one word on Ranbir’s partner in crime. If Paintal was perfect mate to Rishi Kapoor’s ladki pataaoo techniques in Raffoo Chakkar, his son Hiten Paintal re-creates that magic here. He is able to tickle one’s funny bones effortlessly.
It’s the story of Raj Sharma’s coming of age – from a carefree 18 year old to a sincere 30 year old gentleman and how he falls in love thrice. Well, the first time just to become “Killer” among his friends and second time just to have fun in live-in relationship.
The story does have a somewhat resemblance to Dev Anand’s Teen Devian and Shahid Kapoor’s Dil Maange More but the presentation is unique. The good thing is one can identify oneself with the lead characters of Ranbir, Minissha and Bipasha.
The two dialogs by which Ranbir sums up the first two relationships are so true to life. After all who wants to get married at 18 and it’s easier for a guy to break the girl’s heart than to handle her emotions.
My Final Thoughts
Overall, Bachna Ae Haseeno is a complete entertainer. Go for it. It belongs to Ranbir Kapoor. He is present right from frame one till the very end. And still you would want more of him. That speaks volumes!