Movie Review: Band Baaja Baaraat

The girl is strong-minded, unwavering and focused. The boy has no aspirations in life and is typically interested in having a ball. Two conflicting characters. BAND BAAJA BAARAAT parks its plot within the ‘opposites attract’ blueprint, a theme common to numerous rom-coms. These two characters are poles apart, diametrically opposite and therefore mismatched. But they end up falling in love with each other. There’s talk that BAND BAAJA BAARAAT borrows heavily from THE WEDDING PLANNER. Perhaps, the allegation germinated because THE WEDDING PLANNER and BAND BAAJA BAARAAT talk of wedding planners. However, THE WEDDING PLANNER dealt with a female wedding planner falling in love with the bride groom, while BAND BAAJA BAARAAT tells the story of two youngsters who start a wedding planning business and who eventually fall in love. Sure, the background setting of the two films is slightly similar, but the stories are as diverse as oranges and apples. BAND BAAJA BAARAAT rests on two actors – a two-film-old actress [Anushka] and a rank newcomer [Ranveer]. It’s a major task undeniably. They have to deliver, they have to keep the viewer’s interest alive, they have to make the goings-on look convincing. If they fail in their endeavour, band-baaja baj jaayega. Thankfully, BAND BAAJA BAARAAT works on every level. The writing [screenplay: Habib Faisal] is crisp, the execution of the material [director: Maneesh Sharma] is worthy and the lead actors [Anushka, Ranveer] steer the film to the destination smoothly. Of course, there are minor hiccups halfway through the film, but the fact remains that BAND BAAJA BAARAAT is, without doubt, one of the most appealing films to come out of the production house.

Final word? BAND BAAJA BAARAAT is honest, fresh, youthful and extremely entertaining. Recommended! 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. 

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