After the debacles witnessed in the past few weeks, this week opened with two big banner movies. Yash Raj’s Band Baaja Baarat with Anushka Sharma and newcomer Ranveer Singh based on Indian Weddings and Wedding Planners.
The story, Shruti [Anushka Sharma] is a 20-something no-nonsense girl from a middle class Delhi household. Focused and determined with pre-planned ambitions, her goals in life are well laid out by the time she reaches her final year of college. Bittoo [Ranveer Singh], on the other hand, has no real aim in life. As a final year college student of Delhi University, he whiles away his life having fun with his buddies.
A chance and inopportune meeting brings the two of them together on a tumultuous journey where they become partners in their very own, “Wedding planning ka bijness.” The rules, however, are clear: “Jisse vyapaar karo, usse kabhi na pyaar karo” [Don’t mix business with pleasure]. Together, their friendship and business enters the ups and downs of the lavish Delhi weddings. And while trying to find themselves, Shruti and Bittoo discover each other and realize that they are made for each other.
The story is simple but the dialogues and screenplay does the trick. The Delhi lingo earlier explored by Habib Faisal in his own directorial debut ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ has been reused keeping in mind the movie is based in Delhi. Debutant director Maneesh Sharma, who earlier worked on FANAA, AAJA NACHLE and RAB NE BANA DI JODI, makes a confident debut with BAND BAAJA BAARAAT. Sharma narrates a quintessential Delhi tale most effectively. BAND BAAJA BAARAAT would’ve lost the plot had it been entrusted to a lesser talent. BAND BAAJA BAARAAT also captures the Delhi flavour diligently. In fact, Aseem Mishra’s cinematography captures the North Indian ambience with precision.
Music by Salim-Suleiman is decent and so is the background music. Actingwise both Anushka and Ranveer do an excellent job. The supporting cast also give an able support especially Neeraj Sood [as Maqsoodbhai], who’s excellent. Manmeet Singh Sawhney [as Rajinder] is good, while Manish Chaudhari [as Mr. Sidhwani] is first-rate.
Overall the movie is a delightful fare and on the box office it will be a winner eventhough it would start off slowly.