Saturday, December 20, 2008

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi brings the fresh, energetic and innocent face of Anushka Sharma


One of the great things about cinema, and especially Hindi commercial cinema, is that it spots new talent, new faces. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi gives us Anushka Sharma, the Bangalore model. It is possible that she may belie the promise she holds in this debut film of hers. There is sheer innocence, youthful energy which she exudes in the most natural manner. She plays a typical Punjabi -- there is something nice about stereotypes and they need not always be looked down upon -- girl, who is modern but who retains all of the traditional sentimentality. This is natural, but sometimes we forget that a girl in jeans does not feel like an India unless she wears a saree or a salwar-kameez.
Aditya Chopra's storyline is implausible, but it does not matter. The important issue is that it is about a young girl coming to terms with the reality of life, of love. This is basically a heroine-based film, and the hero, played by Shah Rukh Khan, is really that of a hanger-on.
It would have been a greater romantic comedy if Shah Rukh and Aditya Chopra had chosen a younger hero to play the role, or the character of Raj was played by somebody other than Shah Rukh Khan.
It is no fault of Shah Rukh Khan, but he certainly looks old and haggard in the scenes with Anushka. That is not even a disadvantage if Shah Rukh Khan had attempted to give the age factor a sutble edge. Instead, he chooses to play the role of the energetic youngster as well as that of the simple and sober Surinder.
The problem with Shah Rukh Khan, as with Amitabh Bacchan, is that they try too hard to act. Shah Rukh Khan is nt a natural actor. It is the same problem that plagues Aamir Khan as well. The only two natural actors are Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan.
But Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, despite the diasdvantageus presence of Shah Rukh Khan, is a lovely film.
Aditya Chopra, like his father Yash Chopra, has a rare talent for giving a heart-warming romantic touch to the film.
After a long, long time, the songs were beautiful.
And you get a genuine flavour of Amritsar, a small town coming to terms with a globalised economy which affects lifestyle, while retaining the old sentiments and old values.
This film belongs to Aditya Chopra and Anushka Sharma

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