Review: Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)

Bachna Ae Haseeno

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, Minissha Lamba
Director: Siddharth Raj Anand
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Banner: Yash Raj Films
Music Director: Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani
Rating: ***

Yet another Yashraj’s product, Bachna Ae Haseeno, is a flick which would be especially liked by the youth. This romantic movie deals with a young guy Ranbir, who falls in love with 3 ladies at different time, first, when he is in HSC (1996), second when he starts working with a company in Mumbai (2002) and third when he moves to Australia.

The guy breaks heart of first 2 girls so badly and he never realizes it until his third girlfriend breaks his heart and makes him suffer the pain associated with a split up.

The movie starts with a guy going back to his flashback and taking us to Switzerland where he had fallen in love for the first time (with Minnisha Lamba). The director had tried very hard to show us that it was actually 1996 but somehow it feels, the actors looked lot older than those 18 year olds.

2nd story takes place in 2002, with Bipasha Basu. The guy is shown working for Microsoft’s gaming section. Okay, now here the guy looks younger whereas Bipasha looks older. It is a kind of mismatch but here, there are few comedy scenes and the performance looks much real. Especially, Bipasha has really done a wonderful job.

Now, year 2007, the guy is in Sydney where he meets Deepika Padukone. There is indeed some kind of spark between Ranbir and Deepika. Maybe being a real life couple has helped them to showcase a beautiful chemistry on the celluloid. Deepika certainly has done justice with her character.

The movie seems quite ok in the first half but as it reaches interval, the whole movie becomes very predictable. The second half is emotional and a bit too long. The execution of the script by the director especially in the second half could have been better. The editing too could have been much crisper. As expected by the Yashraj productions, the music is superb, especially two songs, the classic Bachna Ae Haseeno and Khuda Jaane, really stand out. The cinematography is fantastic; the locales of Australia and Italy have been beautifully captured. On the acting front, Ranbir looks pretty good though he was kind of over the board in first story but overall he has done a good job. Minnisha again goes overboard like Ranbir in first story but later it is all good. Bipasha despite of looking bit older in front of Ranbir is the best of the lot. Deepika too is good. Actually, she did not have much to do.

The movie could have been made much better, in terms of execution, story et al. The concept of 1 guy falling in love with 3 girls is great but the way it is turned out is bad. They could have made it a thorough romantic comedy flick rather than adding some drama and all.

So, overall, it seems that the movie would do good business. It may be liked by few while few might not like it. It should get mixed reactions.

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