Ajab Gajab – Not so funny!
Ajab prem Ki Gajab Kahani… With names like, starring Ranbir Kapoor & Katrina Kaif and the film by Raj Kumar Santoshi.
Now what was expected in this comedy genre from the Ghazab Director Raj Kumar Santoshi, who had written and directed a cult like "Andaz Apna Apna"? A decent story, some good funny moments, lots of confusion and hilarious chaos. Now let’s see he had delivered his promise or not!
Story / Script:
One sentence can say it all, “Same old clichéd story”. In mango people language, “wahi purani ghissi pitti kahani”… “Ek ladka ek ladki se pyar karta hain, dono dost ban jaate hain lekin kahani mein twist, ladki kisi aur se pyar karti hain, but uss ladke ke parents pyar ke khilaf, now the same old balidan wali bhavna, ladka un do pyar karnewale ko milata hain, parents ko manvaata hain, ladki ko at the enddd meinnn…ehsaaasss hota hain, woh sab kuch chod chadke uss ladke ke pass wapas jaati hain, and then happily ever after”
So story wise, Raj Kumar Santoshi gets only 1star. Good funny moments – only few countables are there. First half leaves no impression but only with some pakav Pj’s. The only worth watching is the second half, but that too with some limitation. Confusion – script wise nothing but only the audience will get confuse whether to sit for the whole movie or to just run away. Climax chaos was so typical from all the Santoshi’s earlier films. You will found it more or similar to the Santoshi’s “Andaz Apna Apna” or Priyadarshan’s “Hungama” chaos fight sequence which happens at the end. But by comparing would be insult to the films “Andaz Apna Apna” and “Hungama”. By that you must have get an idea what would be the chaos fight sequence. It’s not worth for spending some words also. The end sequence is also so old utha uthaya dhaapa hua scene. You will find it similar to “Namstey London”, where Akshay leaves Katrina from her wedding day, and then she finally realizes and goes back to Akshay. Ditto same is with here with a small change. Katrina goes back to Ranbir but he just vanishes and then “Saakshaat Jesus padhare” and helps Katrina to have Ranbir. Rating: 1 for the overall and +0.5 for some funny good moments = 1.5 / 5
Not to describe anything for Ranbir as he has already proven himself in recent film “Wake up Sid”. His character was somewhat like “Mera Naam Joker” who helps everybody with a smile on his face. He just excels and he is the only one person who steals and worth watching in the entire film. Katrina was same as usual, but she does good in some area. Especially watch the scene where the audience gets to know that she is an Orphan and her mom hates her and nobody in the family is there to support her. Her expression, her way of dialogue delivery was just flawless. Her main drawback was her foreign accent (still). Many a times you would feel that a foreign lady is acting in Indian Saree. She was strictly Ok. Rest Darshan Jariwala, Smita Jaykar, Navneet Nishan and Don Govind Namdeo were passable. Upen Patel and Don annoyed. Even Upen and Katrina’s chemistry was so not impressive on screen. Sad to know that Viju Khote was wasted here.
Direction and Technicalities:
Direction by Raj Kumar Santoshi was Ok. Editing was good and Cinematography was normal.
All of the songs here are good for listenable, except for one “Tu Jaane Naa” which has a lovely innovative picturization. Background Music was suitable related to the scenes.
Salman Khan angle which was presented in too old style. Totally wasted! The entire rescuing angle to help Katrina from getting forcefully married. And much more…
Ranbir praying in church and requesting Jesus for Katrina; Dance Party Sequence; Ranbir with his friends and saying “Choddo na yaar, Kuch aur baat karte hain” and Ranbir’s mom & dad romance angle.
If you have just watched the movie then I would suggest just don’t rate now. Wait for 4-5hrs, just do your casual work, now think about the movie, and now rate the movie.
Professional Rating: 2 / 5
Personal rating: 2.5 / 5