Saturday, June 22, 2013


Raanjhanaa Review By Taran Adarsh|Rajeev Masand|Komal Nahata and Other Critics

StarCast: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol
Director: Anand L. Rai
Released date: 21 June 2013
Genre: Romance

Raanjhanaa Average Movie Rating: 3.3/5

Raanjhanaa Movie Reviews (11):

Review By: Taran Adarsh Rating: 3.5/5 Site: BollywoodHungama
RAANJHANAA manages to hook you with the atmospherics, but the ingenious narrative and worthy performances win you over gradually. The romance, the simplistic lines, the heartbreak... the film transports you to a different zone altogether. The dream-like world gives the impression of being pure and unadulterated initially, but this illusory world is soon shattered by reality [read corrupted by greed and power] as the plot thickens.On the whole, RAANJHANAA encompasses romance and myriad emotions most wonderfully, besides bravura performances and a popular musical score from the maestro. A film that touches the core of your heart. A film that's definitely worthy of a watch. Not to be missed!  ReadFull
Review By: Rajeev Masand Rating: 3/5 Site:IBN7

 'Tanu Weds Manu' director Anand Rai exploits the vibrancy of the holy city, and yet gives us a lived-in feel of Benares, rather than taking the typical travel-brochure approach. He banks as much on the unmistakable charm of his leading man to deliver a terrific first hour that breezes by with plenty comic moments and some genuinely heartfelt scenes. For its immensely entertaining first half, a winning score by AR Rahman, but most of all for Dhanush, this is a film that's worth your time. I'm going with three out of five for Raanjhanaa. It's not perfect, but it'll do.  Read Full
Review By: Anupama Chopra Rating: 3.5/5 Site: Hindustan Times/Star World

Let me begin with an honest confession. As I drove to the preview theatre to watch Raanjhanaa, I wondered how I would spend over two hours gazing at a hero as plain as Dhanush. So, basically, I was crying without being convinced by the half-baked political twists and turns of the story.  Unfortunately, Raanjhanaa never fully gets back on track. But despite these flaws, I’m recommending that you see it. Especially for Dhanush who proves that eventually looks don’t matter. Neither does size. All that towers is talent. Read Full
Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Rating: 3.5/5 Site: Times of India
Director Aanand Rai should be credited for drawing a superlative performance from the National Award-winner Tamil superstar, Dhanush, who makes his Hindi cinema debut here. His Kundan is a gem (pun intended). Sonam Kapoor is in top form giving Zoya several shades from giggly to grey. Unfortunately, she gets covered more for her fashion than her true mettle as an actor.  Note: You may not like this film if you cannot digest brooding love stories.Read Full
Review By:Saibal Chaterjee Rating: 3.5/5 Site: NDTV
The first half and a part of the second are set in Varanasi. The film captures the spirit of the location in a manner that provides the narrative its core.Raanjhanaa gets somewhat weighed down in the second half as it factors into its plot many of the recent people’s protests (anti-corruption, Bhatta Parsaul, the Nirbhaya gang rape) that have rocked Delhi. If you are among those that helped Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani rake in all those crores at the box office, you owe it to yourself (and to the cause of popular Hindi cinema that entertains with more than just song and dance and star power) to vote for Raanjhanaa with your feet.   Read Full
Review By: Sukanya Verma Rating: 3/5 Site: Rediff
What I liked:  After depicting a flair for blending a backdrop’s flavour in the Kanpur-themed narrative for Tanu Weds Manu, Rai extends his aptitude to introduce the verve of Varanasi in Raanjhanaa without making it too in-your-face. Moreover, since the film revolves around locals, doesn’t make sense to capture the visuals (by N Nataraja Subramanium, Vishal Sinha) like some wide-eyed tourist.Raanjhanaa isn’t easy viewing. Kundan and Zoya aren’t easily likeable. They have flaws. They make mistakes. Blunders, really.  But Rai shows them for what they are; he never paints a pretty picture. And this brutal honesty coupled with a commanding Dhanush is what works. Read Full
Review By:Tushar Joshi Rating: 3/5 Site: DNA
Raanjhanaa works because of his ability to make you believe in his love for Zoya. You might not agree with his approach, but deep down you cheer and root for him each time Zoya plants a slap on his face. Raanjhanaa has a fantastic first half. Watch it for Dhanush and Sonam's performances and some colourful one-liners and dialogues. Read Full


Review By: Karan Anshuman Rating: 3.5/5 Site: Mumbai Mirror

The story is anything but a straightforward romance. If you're going in to watch it as a date film, check yourself. Raanjhanaa is expansive. It will start off charming you with the little details: the tenor of Benaras, the clarity of childhood love, the repercussions of the blinding optimism it effects and even in trifling recurring themes of falling cycles and slit wrists.Raanjhanaa flows like good poetry. It is arguably the best love story of the year so far, the kind of film others in the genre should aspire.  Read Full
Review By: Ananya Bhattacharya Rating: 4/5 Site:Zee News
The dialogues have been penned down logically, they all sound convincing and thereby, end up making the scenes and the characters look impressionable. Anand L. Rai's direction is an added boon for the film, paired with the flawless storyline. Rai tactfully shifts the scenes that keep the viewers' attention intact till the end.  Be it for its technical pros or for Dhanush's Bollywood debut, 'Raanjhanaa' makes for a good watch this weekend. Four stars for ‘Raanjhanaa’! Read Full
Review By:Shubhra Gupta Rating: 2/5 Site: India Express

Raanjhanaa is a no-holds-barred love story, not your half-hearted romcom that passes for a romance these days in Bollywood. The riveting first half of the film lives up to its old-fashioned title, with a young lover whose chief driver is passion, the innocent young girl who is the object of his adoration, and the problems that keep them apart.Raanjhanaa is a film which is all of a piece in its engaging first half, and a good Bollywood launchpad for Dhanush. Makes me want to see what he will do in his second pass. Read Full
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