I wont deny it; I was very worried about how the movie would turn out to be. TRIED to keep low expectations after OSO, but failed. So I went with these massive expectations all worried and all thinking it might disappoint. What a relief it is to watch it and confidently say: It didnâ€™t just meet my expectations, it surpassed it, and by what a difference! They DID it, Aditya Chopra and SRK DID IT!(atleast for me) I donâ€™t know about you guys but since the past few years I was really happy with the kind of cinema SRK was doing. Loved Swades, Paheli, Chak De India, Donâ€¦all of those. But at the back of my head I was just waiting for one of those Shahrukh Khan movies that carried for me the kind of effect movies such as DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein had on me. High on emotional quotient with a number of spectacular scenes, quotes, songs and just the sheer overall grandeur. As much as I liked his recent films minus OSO and KANK, I was waiting for something like Rab Ne to come along. And it was just perfect because it was everything that I wanted it to be. No unnecessary extra characters, no fake looking unreal sets, no overdose of actors talking in English (whats up with that in hindi films these days?), no lackluster editing with unnecessary slow motion and fast motion, and most importantly no corny jokes to which I slap my head. And it was just such a good experience re-living one of those kind of films.
I donâ€™t think I can explain the story any better than SRK already has. Itâ€™s a very simple story about an ordinary man trying to live an ordinary life, but his life takes a solid turn once he meets Taani. I donâ€™t want to reveal anything more because the movie unfolds in a beautiful manner. People will like the movie a lot more if they stay away from spoilers so that they donâ€™t expect whatâ€™s to come. Thatâ€™s one of the greatest traits about the movie, the pace and sequence in which the movie proceeds.
Even though the movie was literally set within one town it never got boring. The set design was wonderful. The tone of the film and the colors perfectly fit the mood of the film. Props to the DI Colorist and the Cinematographer. Special mention for the the look of Phir Milenge Chalte Chalteâ€¦they fit so much within the 6 minutes of the song. However for me, overall, the picturization of Dancing Jodi stood out. Youâ€™ll see why when you watch the film. The editing was just perfect, and the song will give you goosebumps guanarteed. Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai was also beautifully filmed around some beautiful places in Amritsar. I never really liked Dance Pe Chance a lot, but watching it in the film I thought otherwise. Anushka is a great dancer and she looks amazing in the song. Haule Haule was one of my favorite songs technically. It will put a smile on your face for sure.
Getting to the performances, itâ€™s funny how with every movie of SRKâ€™s, he ends up with â€œone of his best performances everâ€. Just saying that isnâ€™t saying anything new anymore, itâ€™s a given. But itâ€™s just surprising to see how this guy can continually prove the same time and again. As boring as the statement may have gotten, itâ€™s true. Now some might think that itâ€™s mainly going to be the Surinder Sahni performance that gets him all the good reviews. As correct as that may be, you cannot overlook his performance as Raj either, as much as weâ€™ve seen him play it before. His balance between the two characters is what will astonish you. Some people had said before that itâ€™s ridiculous that Anushka canâ€™t recognize between her husband and Raj. But when you watch the performance, when you look at the 2 different get ups in detail and when you see how differently he acts as both, Suri and Raj, youâ€™ll be lying to yourself if you say that you could still say theyâ€™re both the same person. Look at both of them minus SRK. Forget that heâ€™s SRK and imagine if you saw those two guys without really knowing who the person really is, and you will see that itâ€™s very much believable. SRK antics as Surinder are so good I got no words, especially during the first half of the movie. You will laugh even when thereâ€™s no comedy just by looking at him and watching him react to things and people around him. For example (minor spoiler ahead), [COLOR="LemonChiffon"]the laptop scene with the flash drive around his neck. [/COLOR]Truly a great performance. Heâ€™s outright hilarious and heartbreakingly sad at the same time. And what makes it so sad and funny at the same time is how real the character is. His emotional scenes as Raj in the second half will also blow you away, especially the pre-climax scenes. I donâ€™t think I can say much more about his performance that you guys donâ€™t know. One thing is for sure, the movie would fall flat on itâ€™s face if it wasnâ€™t for SRK and Aditya Chopra. Because when you watch the film, sometimes you do think â€œthatâ€™s a little far fetchedâ€, or â€œhmm…would a real person would have reacted like that?â€
Itâ€™s the unfolding of the story, the handling of performances and the likeability factor that make this film work in a big way. Iâ€™m sure it must have been a very delicate task to pull off, but hats off to Adi for doing it. If I would have just read the script or known the entire story without watching the movie, the story would have been a little hard for me to believe. But I guess thatâ€™s what these guys are best at, bringing something fresh to the table and making it believable with their respective talent. The movie is nowhere near the scale of DDLJ or Mohabbatein, so please donâ€™t go expecting something that big. Itâ€™s very clear after watching the film that they did not want anything that big. Itâ€™s a short, sweet and simple movie with tons of likeability factor. And SRK was right, you will walk out with a smile on your face. The end credits will also lend a hand in doing that. Each and every person in the cinema sat and watched it till the very last credit pulled up.
Anushka Sharma looked very pretty and even acted very well. Thereâ€™s not much to say about her apart from that. She dances really well and compliments SRKâ€™s performance to the max, especially during the second half. Vinay Pathak was pretty funny and Suriâ€™s best friend. The women in Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte looked beautiful, but Rani Mukherji stood out. WOW! She looked great. Also Iâ€™m not sure if others knew about this, but I didnâ€™t and it was a pleasant surprise seeing (possible spoiler) [COLOR="LemonChiffon"]Kajol[/COLOR] make an appearance in the song as well. The audience was whistling and clapping when she came on. It was a great moment.
Another thing that I also loved were the many references given to DDLJ. There were so many! Some were obvious while many others were subtle. The very first scene of SRK and Anushka for example. I wont say what it is, but as soon as I saw it I was reminded of DDLJ. There are quite a few moments like such during the film. It was a nice touch.
Just go and watch the film. Itâ€™s upto you whether you want to go with expectations or not. But in the end I donâ€™t think it will matter, because you most probably will end up loving the movie. Itâ€™s got a lot of soul and feels very real. Many will be able to relate to the movie when they walk out and look at the film in totality. But the message was simple and it was put across in a beautiful manner that lasts for 2 hours and 40 something minutes. I absolutely loved it.