RANI ALL THE WAY!
DBH was good fun. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while watching it. It promised entertainment - gaana - bajaana - naachna, and it delivered on its promise.
What can I say about Rani, she was simply superb, after seeing her I realised what we were missing in terms of acting, dancing, vivacity and sheer screen presence on the silver screen during her absence. Can the Priyanka's, Katrina's, Kareena's measure up? Not really! She has reached a different level of being seasoned. She was just fabulous in the role of Veer. Couldn't have imagined anyone doing that one better among the current crop in Bollywood.
Shahid fit the role and had his moments, when he looks endearingly at Veera at the Baisakhi dancing, through 'Jhappiyon Sa Desh Hai Mera', as the hard task master captain and at the date.
Anupam Kher was OK. Rakhi had hardly a role and Sherlyn fit her character as pathetically as was required.
What was tremendous was the last credits number which had two incredible dancers setting the dance floor on fire. One just stood mesmerised and gaped at the screen - such was the level of dancing.
The movie did have it's weak moments. When Shahid goes to apologise to Veera after the towel episode was stretched. The Indianisation of Shahid and his falling in love was a lil too rushed to be believed. The last cricket match was also unbelievable - needing to make more than 100 runs at the 9th wicket partnership.
Yashraj didn't leave anything to chance. They put in all the winning formulaic ingredients - Cricket, Sarson Ke Khet, Great singing and dancing, transformation of the female protagonist, Indianisation of a 'Phoren Munda'. Desi winning over Videshi. India - Pakistan Aman approach rather than militant approach (ensuring that it finds a good audience in Pakistan). However, what was amazing that all these ingredients were put together very well to make a very tasty and enjyable dish.
So did it play to the gallery. Oh yes it did - but then I am the gallery - so play on play on!