Surinder Sawhney (Shahrukh Khan) is an average, timid and unattractive government employee. He likes Taani (Anushka Sharma) when he goes to her wedding. She is the daughter of his college professor. When the groom-to-be dies in an accident, the dying professor asks Surinder to tie knot to Taani. They return to Amritsir and Taani tells Surinder that she could love him though she married him. But Surinder loves her a lot, but refrains from expressing it. It all changes when dance loving Taani wants to join a dance club. A stylist buddy of Surender gives him a new look. And he attends the dance club and gets introduced to Taani as Raj. Over a period of time, Taani gets bored with her husband Surinder and likes the company on Raj. The rest of the story is all about whom she chooses when Raj proposes to her one day.
Shahrukh Khan donned two entirely different get-ups. He used buck-tooth, mustache, spectacles and a timid look to impress us with the role of Surinder. He is pretty funky as Raj who tries to impress heroine with macho looks. Anushka Sharma is perfect for the role of a typical Punjabi girl. She did justice to her role. Vinay Pathak has considerable amount of screen time and he is hilarious as Bobby Khalsa – the hair stylist. Kajol, Bipasha Basu, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta and Lara Dutta sizzled in a special retro song. There are no other major characters in the film.
Story - screenplay - direction: The aspect of hero living two lives and romancing with heroine in new get-up reminds us of Spiderman film and Aparichitudu (Anniyan in Tamil). Other than that, it is a simple love story. The way the director introduced the characters of main leads is classy. The way Surinder try to get attention and the way he feels happy about small things is cute. However, the heroine not recognizing that both Raj and Surinder are same. The director has worked on the emotions part really well. Initially hero just wants to enjoy the friendship and love of heroine using the Raj avatar. But after sometime, he starts testing heroine’s character. This point looks little contrived. The Sumo fight also does not appeal. The director worked on the pre-climax (heroine looking at hero like a God) and the climax part well. The director mixed commercial elements with sentiment value. The following scenes are nice –
1. Surinder keeping the rose on the table and then taking it back.
2. When Raj tells Taani not to use B word, she says that she is capable of uttering C, D and F words too.
3. Taani's bike chase with Tiny Singh
4. Pani Puri competition followed by Biryani dinner.
5. The episode of Raj’s proposal
6. Raj speaking with Mannequin dressed as Surinder
7. The way cards are used by kids to parade the panting of heroine in a song
8. The slideshow with SRK’s voiceover during end-titles rolling.
Other technical departments: Music of the film is extremely good. The usage of ‘haule haule’ bit with harmonium as background score for the cute moments between Surinder and Taani is good. The violin bit for the moments between Raj and Taani is also good. ‘Haule Haule’ and ‘Dance Pe Chance’ songs are the winners. Dialogues are excellent. Cinematography by Ravi K Chandran is of top class. Artwork is nice.
Analysis: First half of the film is good. Second half is nice, but there are some boring moments. The positive points are casting, screenplay and direction. The negative points are lack of logic (heroine not recognizing hero without mustache) and the aspect of hero testing heroine’s character. The negative points dominate the positive points in the film. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi has both fun and sentiment in equal dosage. It makes an interesting viewing.
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