Finding the dream-girl is tough. Finding her in a hurry is tougher. And, finding yourself in a pent-up cinema-hall for 3 hours and 31 minutes in course of watching Gowarikar's marathon "epic" What's your Rashee? is the toughest.
Adapted from the Gujrati novel "Kimball Ravenswood" by Madhu Rye it could have been mega- serials as the Doordarshan televised Mr.Yogi's quest for a perfect bride two decades ago.
An NRI MBA is forced to marry within a period of 10 days in order to write off a huge debt that his brother is over head and ears in. Faced with the dilemma of meeting the find-a-bride deadline, Yogesh Patel ( Hurman Baweja) decides to meet one girl from each rashee or zodiac sign after reading a book called What's Your Rashee? that says that there are only 12 types of women in the world, each typified by her sign of zodiac. Priyanka Chopra is cast in each of the 12 roles as Yogesh goes on meeting to sort out the best. Consequently, there come about a dozen of "Priyanka Chopras" with diverse traits, features, physionomies, poses, postures like a small-towner with laughs like jackass; a microbiologist ; a middle-class girl who candidly confesses that she is no virgin ; a horny astrologer, a jeweller's daughter who pretends to have known Yogesh since previous birth , a flippant corporate with pre-nuptial agreement and even an aspitant model.
Gawarikar fails to bring about subtlelities into most of the boy-girl meetings resulting into predictability of the audience thus gaping and yawning may become practical practices soon after the fourth meeting. 12 songs to manifest 12 "Priyankas" may, directorially, experimental, but an uphill journey to endure.
The film seems a series of promos, and here lies the non-cinematic shortcoming. There is a lack of integrity between the main-plot and the sub-plot ( one of Yogesh's flirting uncle and the under-world bhai). It is a clear stamp that the script is anything but impeccable. Cinematography by Piyush Shah is of high quality. The climax provides you with no rock. Instead of pathos or pleasure, the ending brings forth a disposition of bathos.
The underlining dividend of the film is, of course, Priyanka Chopra's brilliance. "Meghna" of "Fashion" has, once again, proved her worth and saved the film from translating into worse from "bad".
The plot of the movie had the promising components of a satire, comedy of manners, even a thought-provoking "a film of ideas", but Gawarikar who is an avowed epic-maker, has to bear with the epic-size failure. At a time, when the present world holds zeal for zoom, "What's Your Rashee?" appears zodiac zombie without modicum zing.