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Rab Ne Bana De Jodi

January 2009
Rab Ne Bana De Jodi

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak

Director: Aditya Chopra

Music Directors: Salim-Sulaiman

The only reason this movie about a mismatched couple strikes a chord in your hearts is Surinder Sahni, the character played by Shah Rukh Khan. It’s a character you haven’t seen SRK portray before and so it’s refreshing. The actor sends you home with a smile and a tear. That apart, the much-hyped Aditya Chopra-Shah Rukh Khan combination, back after an eight-year hiatus, leaves you disappointed.

The simple and honest Surinder (Shah Rukh) in his ill-fitting trousers and oiled hair, is the quintessential government clerk leading a humdrum existence in Amritsar. The moment he sets his eyes on the beautiful and vivacious Taani (Anushka Sharma), his life changes. He tries in all possible ways to win her over, and eventually unforeseen circumstances lead to the two tying the knot. All this makes for pretty interesting viewing.

Then comes the turning point. The bored Mrs. Sahni joins a dance school where she succumbs to the charms of her dance partner, the flamboyant Raj with his gelled hair, flashy glares and no-moustache look. And who may this Raj be? Well, you guessed it? he is none other than her husband Surinder who has gone in for a complete makeover!

The biggest flaw of the movie is in its very concept: How can a wife not recognize her husband behind the disguise? Will his voice not give him away? If you can overlook this glaring anomaly, you could end up loving Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. It has good music, too, especially the Haule Haule number—but it is certainly not in the classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge mould.

Vinay Pathak is terrific as Shah Rukh’s barber friend. Debutante Anushka, though lacking chutzpah, gives a confident performance. But it is Shah Rukh who carries the film on his very able shoulders. Yes, you could fault him for going over the top as Raj, but he does provide oodles of entertainment in a way that only he can. In effect, you get two SRKs for the price of one!

Current Top 10 Songs

1. Tu Muskura (Yuvvraaj)

2. Haule Haule (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)

3. Desi Girl (Dostana)

4. Kuchh Khaas (Fashion)

5. Tum Ho Toh (Rock On)

6. Tandoori Nights (Karzzz )

7. Zindagi Ye (Dil Kabaddi)

8. What’s Up My Bro (Heroes)

9. Teri Ore (Singh Is Kinng)

10. Muskura (Dasvadaniya)

Current Top 10 Movies

1. Dostana

2. Fashion

3. Yuvvraaj

4. Rock On

5. Golmaal Returns

6. Karzzz

7. Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

8. Heroes

9. Sorry Bhai

10. Meerabai Not Out

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