Posted: 27 June 2013 at 5:13pm | IP Logged
I saw raanjhaana yesterday at inox with my partner in crime avinash and liked the film one for dhanush's perfomance and the other for the first half of the film which was a jolly good ride in showcasing dhanush's skills as an actor and dancer.Since we who live down south have seen a lot of dhanush's acting in excellent films like aadukalam,pollathavan and pudupettai and i for one know his expresssions and dancing skills very well.But i guess for the hindi speaking part of india, dhanush's perfomance must come across as brilliant and tour de force.Sonam is cliched and abhay deol. well he does his job decently but both of them are swamped by dhanush's perfomance.Only two other actors in are noticed and that firstly is the lady SWARA BHASKAR who plays the role of bindiya pining for dhanush and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub who plays murari.
Well like i mentioned the first half is all about kashi,love and songs.The treatment is good and everything is hunky dory until the second half unravels itself in politics and nearly sinks the whole movie.The second half was so ponderous and dragging that it is a wonder and saving grace that the film hasn't bombed.Yet everyone seems to forget all about that and the pitfalls and walk out of the movie hall whispering about dhanush's acting skills.Take a bow tamila for you have done it and have nothing to prove anymore to anyone.
Love stories in all geometric shapes and sizes have been flogged to death as have been stories about other emotions.In today's age we are and have been exposed to films from all over the world and so even the layman has a clue and an inkling about subjects.So what matters is screenplay and how it is dealt with by the director who helms the film.I go to see a film to see actors play out different roles and essay different emotions in different settings.So it has become very difficult for actors today to choose roles in fear of being rejected.Some people like vijay pass of sucessfully with the mundane formula of 5 fights,5 songs,2 to 3 emotional scenes and many punch dialogues about saving the poor and doing good for the fans.Not everyone can carry that off and many a top name has bitten the dust and faded from memory.Inventing and reinventing characters is the name of the game and that is why those days shivaji used to look different in most of his movies.One can change the appearance but one cannot change their acting skills and that to only to a certain point.For example an actor for just wanting to be different cannot change the way he cries,smiles or speaks.he can do that only when the role requires it.
Today the name of the game is six-pack abs and bulging muscles and damn the story and damn the acting required.For females it is looking fair like the underside of a lizard namely tammanah,tapasee,kajal and other ghori actresses and spewing tamil like they are talking german.
In this scenario no wonder dhanush has maintained his individuality intelligently and remained the STICKMAN.I guess he knows that his skinny face is the face of middle class movie goer and has smartly decided to play his weaknesses as his strong points.
So in the end raanjhaana could have been a great film and a block buster to boot but dies because the director did not wrap up the package properly and give the characters a proper ending.He lost the plot in the second half with delhi and college politics and a beautiful romantic film dies a premature death.The film survives because of dhanush and the racy first half.These mistakes are what that differentiates a 30 crore box office collection of raanjhaana and 100 crore collection of yeh jawaani hai deewaani.Tell a good story,keep it simple and don;t complicate and over reach and test the audience's patience.Today the average film goer does not ask much from a film apart from time pass for he has hundreds of mega serials to entertain him with twists and turns for decades.
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