Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) *HQ*

Sorry to disappoint all the young girls, but unfortunately Ranbir doesn’t drop the towel in this one but to make it up to you, he looks super hot throughout the film, appearing shirtless in a few scenes. Bachna Ae Haseeno may have flaws as a film, yet it succeeds in entertaining and does so many things right, that you are willing to overlook the mistakes. The best part about the film is that in spite of being slightly over two hours twenty minutes, the film’s pace is very crisp and you in fact may walk out of the theatre planning to see the film again.

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba and Kunal Kapoor

It’s a three-track love story, relayed in a delectable style that unabashedly pays homage to Yash Raj productions signature film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge . Ranbir Kapoor plays a newage avtar of Raj and takes off where Shah Rukh Khan left off in DDLJ . If the wild, unpredictable, rakish playboy of DDLJ was tamed in just a few reels, here it takes a lot reel time before our new millennial Romeo learns the meaning of commitment and ever after.

He first finds love at eighteen and romances the wide-eyed Minnisha Lamba who moonwalks through Switzerland, believing in fairy tales and a Prince Charming called Raj. But after a brief and goofy scooter trip through the sylvan mountains with her dream beau, she ends up heartbroken and hardened for life. The 18-year-old was just having some boyish fun, she learns. At 24, he’s still having fun, this time with a small-town girl (Bipasha Basu) who dreams of making it big in Mumbai. But he walks off once again, leaving her washing her tears with the rain, as she waits for the groom who dumped her on her wedding day. Cut to Sydney. The boys are clear about their preference: they want to chill out with sexy young things, rather than with brainy girls, because they believe girls can only be shikaar (prey), never yaars (buddy). But all it takes to set his skewed fundas right is a B-school student (Deepika) who drives a cab at night, works in a grocery store by day and doesn’t believe in the institution of marriage. Touché!

Payback time. The playboy must give up his Rajgiri (that’s what he calls it) and reform his ways. And the only way he can do it is to look for reprieve from the women he betrayed. Of course, the film suddenly loses a bit of its playfulness and shifts gears into sentimental stuff, with Ranbir begging for forgiveness from a much-married Minnisha and a Devil-wears-Prada Bipasha. But hey, didn’t we say Ranbir’s super cool. The actor roller coasts his way through both the serious and the soufflé stuff and displays a chutzpah that is destined to take him a long way in fickle Bollywood.

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