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Bachna Ae Haseeno

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST
Bachna Ae Haseeno
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  • Cast:
    Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padhukone, Bipasha Basu, Mi
  • Director:
    Siddharth Anand
  • Producer:
    Aditya Chopra
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  • Music:
    Vishal Dadlani/Shekhar Ravjiani
Bachna Ae Haseeno could also be called Yashraj gets its groove back because after a year of misfires like Tashan, the studio that defined Bollywood love is back on familiar ground – beautiful people, wearing beautiful clothes, in beautiful locations, grappling with matters of the heart. And in Ranbir Kapoor, they’ve found the perfect actor to play the new generation Raj. Bachna Ae Haseeno is a frothy, candy-floss confection. In trademark YashRaj style, the film begins with a voice-over about love, pyaar, ishq, Mohabbat. Thirteen years after DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge), we are back on the Eurail in Switzerland. But Siddharth Anand isn’t flogging the old cliches here. He’s spoofing them. So a character, bored out of his brains, remarks that the only thing to be found in Switzerland is gaaye and ghaas. And when the bunch of boys spots the bunch of girls, one says: train pe maal hai. The film then proceeds to take us through Raj’s three love affairs. In DDLJ, Raj showed his true-blue Indian values by not taking advantage of an intoxicated Simran when they spend the night together. The present-day Raj is quite happy to have a live-in relationship but he develops cold feet when his girlfriend talks of marriage. He tells us that tears are too troublesome to deal with so it’s just better to skip town. Raj calls his caddish behavior Rajgiri – which essentially follows the philosophy expressed so eloquently by his friend: Ladkiyaan shikar hoti hain, yaar nahin. Of course, Raj’s slam-bam-thank you maam days get over when he falls in love himself. Heart-ache teaches him the folly of his ways and he retraces his steps to apologise to the women he left behind. Siddharth Anand's last film Tara Rum Pum Pum was a leaden family values drama but here he works with a deft hand. The first half is smooth, fast and funny. Unfortunately the second half doesn’t work as well. The humor takes a back seat and the pacing is hobbled with back-to-back songs, one of which is a sexy item number meant to establish Bipasha Basu as hot. But the point of casting Bipasha is that the audience already knows that. The actress does a terrific job of being the jilted lover who turns into the Diva from hell. My favourite moment is when she fires an assistant who forgets that her boss asked for a particular brand of bottled water. Deepika Padukone also sparkles. But the film belongs to Ranbir Kapoor. Here he has lost the angst and the poetry that he showed in Saawariya. Now he’s pure Yash Raj eye-candy who drops his shirt often. But what makes him so compelling is his sweetness and vulnerability. Even when he’s doing the most awful things you really can’t get mad at him. Bachna Ae Haseeno is unapologetically shallow, highly improbable and despite the occasional kissing, absolutely sanitised. But that’s precisely what we see Yash Raj films for. I recommend that you check- in reality at the door and enjoy this over-blown fantasy.
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