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Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani  (2009 - Hindi)

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani cumulative rating: 3.45 out of 53.45/5 (113 users)

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani critics rating: 2.6 out of 5 2.6/5 (13 critics)

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Salman Khan’s in fact is an Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani: Weird Prem’s Crazy Story. Like his top contemporaries at present, the actor started out at the end of the ’80s; playing a character called Prem (Maine Pyar Kiya). Neither has he worked up a film worth any retrospective from there on, nor been picked up by producers who rule the film industry. As a performer (non-actor, non-dancer), he’s merely sauntered in to the screenmore

To be fair, there are portions of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani that are so funny your sides will ache from laughing. But for the most part, it's a silly comedy that goes for slapstick gags and juvenile jokes that are hard to appreciate. Director Rajkumar Santoshi's latest comedy tries too hard to maintain an even tempo, but save for the lead pair's crackling chemistry and some charming moments involving Ranbir Kapoor, the film is an agonizing boremore

Rajkumar Santoshi has changed lanes. Known for intense, hard-hitting movies [with the sole exception of ANDAZ APNA APNA], Santoshi now attempts a rom-com in AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI, his new endeavour. That's something we all know by now, right? But not many of us know that Santoshi is equally at home handling a comedy. And AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI proves it. If you're attempting a rom-com, you need to get a few things right...more

Oi ma! Aila! Main toh kehta hoon aap purush hi nahin… mahapurush hain, mahapurush…. Suno suno duniya ke logon, sabse bada hai Mr Gogo….Teja main hoon, mark idhar hai…. Please oranges lijiye naa… Some of the ghazab lines from one of the greatest Bollywood comedies ever made, Andaz Apna Apna. But isn’t it absolutely ajab that minutes after coming out of Rajkumar Santoshi’s new comedy, you just can’t remember one good line?more

Gazab comedy, this one. Really, Ranbir is a revelation, Katrina is full of beans and the newly formented Ranbir-Katrina chemistry sets the screen on fire in this mad hatter's tea party that takes you on a roller-coaster ride as Raj Kumar Santoshi tries to retrack his way to his Andaz Apna Apna days. The Salman-Aamir comic caper may not have stormed the box office in the 1990s but today, it has devoted fans who don't miss it on its umpteen TV re-runsmore

This is a great title for a film. It's intriguing and memorable. Only, there's nothing ghazab about Prem's story. This is just another boy-girl love triangle with miscellaneous characters. What works for the film is the lead pair -- Ranbir Kapoor cannot put a foot wrong at the moment and just sizzles on screen with co-star Katrina Kaif. Rajkumar Santoshi has created a brightly coloured, youthful film set in a fictitious small town where young men can do silly thingsmore

Affection alone can't make a movie click. Even if Santoshi dips into the holy fountain of comedy, nicking character names from fav films, crafting starry in-jokes and creating absurd villains with absolutely hammy glee, all that joyous tomfoolery really doesn't cut it. Honestly, it's just good to watch a film with memorable comedy again. Heaven knows its been a while. And one that takes us back to a different, more wholesome kind of cinema. Even as the climax drags into predictability, Santoshi ensures that even divine intervention -- to pull it all back on track again -- comes with laughsmore

The first thing that attracts you to Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is its fancy title, followed by the bright comic poster art promos. The fact that it stars two popular heartthrobs and is directed by a veteran who gave us Andaz Apna Apna, one of India’s zaniest comedies, is enough to make you salivate. For the most part of the film, you do drool, mostly over the totally delicious lead pair, and often enough over the ridiculous dialogue in this absurdmore

You can't keep a good director down for long. He'll bounce back sooner or later. It won't be fair to compare Rajkumar Santoshi's new film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani to his cult classic Andaz Apna Apna only because they're both comedies. This one has its own share of hiccups and it's not exactly Santoshi's winning stroke. But his inimitable touch, his flair for humour and the spectacular Ranbir Kapoor make Ajab... rise above the ordinary.more

Darshan Jariwala, Govind Namdeo, Zakir Husain have come up with the most unconvincing performances in recent times. Stuck with a poorly etched character, they find it difficult to move beyond first gear. Ranbir Kapoor, stuck with the same formula comes up trumps. His role, too, has neither meat nor meaning, yet, he manages to blaze through on the sheer power of his acting abilities. This kid has star power written all over him. Even the silliest scenes he turns on the top of its head. You cannot help but marvel at the ease with which he consumes his lines; so much passion for even a dead rolemore

The one thing you can’t overlook noticing in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is how Rajkumar Santoshi takes liberal references from every popular prem kahani of Bollywood and ends up with an ajeeb (weird) jumbled screenplay. Prem (Ranbir Kapoor), with his friends, runs a Happy Club that works towards uniting people in love. When a new-girl Jenny (Katrina Kaif) shifts in the fancy town, Prem is predictably attracted towards her but doesn’t dare to proposemore

Once upon a time, Rajkumar Santoshi made a lovely little film which was all fun and games. ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ (1994), which came at a time when neither Aamir nor Salman were Superstars Inc., has traveled well—its unfettered joyousness delights at every fresh viewing. The same cannot be said for ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’, with which Santoshi returns to comedy. Prem (Ranbir Kapoor) is a charming slacker who spends all more

Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, a comedy set in a comic book universe, is a frustratingly uneven film. Some of it is genuinely funny and delightful and some of it is repetitive, and annoyingly tedious. But even in its most limp moments, what keeps the film from derailing is its lead pair: Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. There is such sizzle and beauty and unadulterated charm here that you really can’t look away.more