Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Aditya Chopra returns to helm this one and I presume hoping to salvage the not so rosy fortunes of Yash Raj Films.

Shahrukh Khan returns to the Yash Raj stable after Chak De India (which was a phenomenally good movie by the way) as the very boring, very old fashioned Surinder Snahni. Surinder gets married to Taani (Anushka Sharma debuting) when her betrothed dies on the day of the wedding. Surinder, marries her for she is his professors daughter and wants to fulfill his professor's dying wish (whew ! haven't seen this since the movies of the 80s).

Taani turns out to be a fun loving, free spirited girl which is a stark contrast to Surinder's routine and boring existence. When a Mumbai Dance troupe comes to Amritsar, Taani is all set to join and win the couple's (Jodi) competition, only if she finds a suitable partner. Enter a wacky, colourful Raj (Sharukh Khan) and there supposedly begins what the tag line says- There's an extraordinary love story in every ordinary Jodi, or does it ?

Taani does not realize that Raj is none other her very own husband Surinder who, thanks to his very weird friend Balwinder Bobby Khosla (Vinay Pathak), a hair dresser who transforms him into a yuppie looking Raj/ And wonder of wonder, Taani does not realize Raj is Surinder just because a moustache is removed (are we still in the 70s and 80s, Superman notwithstanding).

Will Taaani fall in love with Raj and leave Surinder or will true love in whichever form win ? The whole premise of the rest of the story is supposed to be that. Sadly, the movie seems 10 years too late in the making. With numerous references to many of Rash Raj Films' including Dhoom, the movie is entirely predictable and a little too long. While Sharukh puts in a delightful and at times hilarious performance as the boring Surinder of the tight-jeaned Raj, Anuska Sharma does well and her svelte figure really shows off in the dance sequences.

The movie is allegedly making a lot of money and I wonder why. Its definitely not worth a watch. Wait for it to come on TV is what I say.


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