Live each day like it’s your last. Enjoy life to the max. Live with a no regret policy. Yeah yeah yeah, we have all heard this time and again and that’s precisely what Anjaana Anjaani is all about. Directed by Siddharth Anand, starring Priyanka Chopra as Kiara and Ranbir Kapoor as Akash in the lead, Anjaana Anjaani is a story about two strangers who meet on a bridge, wanting to commit suicide. Of course, they end up with unsuccessful suicide attempts and decide to die together. After a couple of failed attempts, they realize there’s probably something that they have left undone. That’s when they mark the New Year’s Eve for another suicide attempt and decide to spend the remaining 20 days doing things they have always wanted to do but couldn’t. What ensues is a 20-day road trip that takes Kiara and Akash over scenic locales throughout America.
If this rings a bell and reminds you of The Bucket List, let me just clear it out right away, Anjaana Anjaani is not an adaptation or a copy of that movie. However, there’s no denying the fact that the concept is clichéd and has been done over and over again. It’s extremely predictable. Ten minutes into the movie and you can already predict the end but what’s interesting is the way they take the story to the end. You still want to watch it despite the fact that Anjaana Anjaani doesn’t have an anjaana plot.
The reason you want to watch it is that it’s a simple, light hearted love story which is predictable but different in its own special way. Ranbir is the finest actor of this generation and his performance in Anjaana Anjaani proves that yet again. With every new release, Ranbir raises the bar higher and looks charming and absolutely stunning!
Priyanka has performed her role with great ease and looks natural. She has perfect comic timing in the comic scenes. She is emotional in the touching ones and rowdy during the drunken scenes. But even though she looks young, preppy and fashionable in the Manish Malhotra outfits, I believe she could have looked much hotter. Somehow she didn’t have the wow factor like she did in Dostana.
Priyanka and Ranbir are superb and they complement each other. It’s the first time that these two actors have come together and their chemistry is fantastic.
The movie takes a while to settle in the plot as Akash and Kiara’s bond blossoms but after a while you fail to understand why they still want to commit suicide. And just when their lame attempts to commit suicide start becoming annoying, they make you laugh like there’s no tomorrow. Watch out for the swimming adventure scene between Akash and Kiara. It is hilarious to say the least! Also, the scene where Akash is forced to pole dance at a gay club is uproarious and left the crowd in stitches. Kudos to Ranbir for pulling it all off so well without being called gay!
The initial scenes of the movie show a very carefree, fun loving, happy go lucky Kiara, which makes the audience question why she was on that bridge? But oh I forgot, the audience is not supposed to ask questions. Nevertheless, another question that kept popping in my mind was how Kiara and Akash could afford trips to Vegas and around America considering one of them was bankrupt and the other was jobless. Oh well, I guess everything is possible in Bollywood.
Another flaw apart from these unanswered questions in Anjaana Anjaani is that the entire movie focuses on only two characters basically. I am not forgetting the fact that Zayed Khan has a cameo but his performance is completely forgettable. Also, there are parts where the movie seems stretched. That’s when you wonder why Akash and Kiara didn’t jump off the bridge in the first place. But it’s not all that annoying. The locales shown are beautiful and make you feel stunned while seated in your chair gazing at the screen. Every frame is amazing. You can’t help but appreciate the cinematography. The music by Vishal Shekhar is foot tapping and easy on the ears. There’s a kind of song for everyone and the background score complements the movie to give a great effect.
All in all, Anjaana Anjaani is a predictable story with great performances, nice music, superb cinematography and light moments that bring a smile to your face. It makes you want to stop and think about what you really want to do in life. Oh and it teaches you the same lesson all over again, live each day like it’s your last but this time it convinces you a whole lot more – Hafsah Sarfraz
Rating :- 3 out of 5
Cast and Production Credits
Year – 2010, Genre – Drama/Romance, Country – India, Language – Hindi, Producer – Sajid Nadiadwala, Director – Siddharth Raj Anand, Music Director – Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Cast – Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Zayed Khan, Anupam Kher