Bachna Ae Haseeno Review

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The film

Bachna Ae Haseeno Review

Bachna Ae Haseeno is an episodic genre film trying to show three different romantic incidents in the life of Raj, who is not exactly a Casanova, but does not understand the real nature of love.
Bachna Ae Haseeno seems to be inspired by many old films particularly the Hindi film Teen Devia (1965) starring  Dev Anand, Nanda, Kalpana, Simi Grewal and a recent Telugu film Autograph starring Raviteja, Bhoomika, Mallika, Gopika, Kanyaka.

The Cast and Crew
Directed by : Siddharth Anand
Produced by : Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra
Written by : Aditya Chopra
Starring : Ranbir Kapoor
Bipasha Basu
Minissha Lamba
Deepika Padukone
Kunal Kapoor
Hiten Paintal
Music by : Vishal-Shekhar
Cinematography : Sunil Patel
Editing by : Ritesh Soni
Distributed by : Yash Raj Films

The Synopsis

Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) meets Mahi( Minissha Lamba) in Switzerland and they roam around. The girl falls for Raj, but he takes it as just a conquest. He ditches her.
In Mumbai, Raj lives in with Radhika( Bipasha Basu), who is part of a dance troupe and dreaming about making it big in Bollywood. After steamy moments ( or days) Raj drops her like hot potato.
In Australia, Raj meets Gayathri( Deepika Padukone) and promptly falls in love with her. But then, she is least interested in him. He realizes the emotional backlash of rejection.
He goes back to Mahi who is now married but has some differences with her husband(Kunal Kapoor). Raj succeeds in bringing them together. He then goes to Radhika, who is now a big cinema star. She treats him with contempt as if he is just a slave.
Then the story ends in a predictable happy ending.

The Performance

Ranbir Kapoor carries his role with panache. But, the script does not allow him to show his entire gamut of histrionics. Minissha has done well in the emotional incidents. Deepika has a raw deal and her character has not been etched well for her to show any talent. Bipasha has the plum role and she performed exceedingly well.
Kunal Kapoor and Hiten Paintal carry themselves quite competently.

The Techniques

The story races as the three romantic episodes take place, but the part where the hero goes back to apologise and the climax are poorly written. A little bit of imaginative innovation would have made the story and screenplay more interesting.
Director Siddharth Raj Anand did a fine job given the limitations of the story. Vishal-Shekhar’s music is not going to be a chart topper. Cinematography is truly exquisite.

The Verdict

Bachna Ae Haseeno will not break the jinx of a series of flops from the house of Yash Raj Films. The film does not have that feel good ambience. It is good in parts but week in many respects.
Many scenes in the film gives the feeling of déjà vu.
The Rating
2.5 out of 5

Deen Kumar

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