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FILM REVIEW: Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani

Well-packaged glitzy entertainer  Cast: Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Churni Gan...

Well-packaged glitzy entertainer 

Cast: Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Churni Ganguly, Aamir Bashir

Rating: 4*

It’s so wonderful to see Dharmendra on screen after so long and that too with an adorable and impactful performance in whatever screen time he has. Karan Johar has made a glitzy entertainer for possibly the very first time and he comes out with distinction. He is a very good storyteller and this time he tells a story of being progressive and also addresses the rigorous dictums by the head of the family. The casting of Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi is also a coup. Both excel in their respective roles, which are meaty ones. Karan’s love for retro music is showcased once more in this film. The use of colours especially red in the Durga Puja sequence is eye-catching. The gender culture is also one of the focal points of this film.

The flamboyant Rocky Randhawa (superb Ranveer Singh) is the grandson of mithai magnet Dhanlaxmi (Jaya Bachchan). When Rocky finds a picture of Jamini in his grandfather’s diary, he wants to trigger the memories of his grandfather Kanwal (Dharmendra) who suffers from amnesia by finding out about Jamini. He learns that she is the grandmother of India Now successful television anchor Rani Chatterjee (a fiery and terrific Alia Bhatt). They meet and despite being socially and dramatically opposite sparks fly and fall head over heels with each other. Thus follows their cultural differences and clashes between them and their respective families.

There are some standout performances apart from the lead cast. Leading is Tota Roychowdhury as Rani’s father Chandan Chatterjee. His is wonderful and you got to see his kathak dances. As Tijori Randhawa, Aamir Bashir is spot on as Rocky’s women-hating father. Churni Ganguly as Rani’s mother Anjali is quite brilliant especially when she uses long sentences for short words and also in the store sequence. Namit Das as Rani’s colleague Shoumen impresses. As and when he appears on screen the famous music of Padosan’s Meri Pyari Bindu plays in the background. Kshitee Jog and Anjali Anand as Rocky’s mother Punam and sister Gayatri (Golu) leave an impact.

Don’t miss the cameos of Varun Dhawan, Jahnvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, and Ananya Pandey in the opening song of the film. There are a few more cameos in this 169-minute film. 

Pritam’s music is another plus in the film with ‘Jhumka’ and ‘Dhindora baje re’ topping and a foot-tapping title song. A revived ‘Dola re Dola’ is definitely clap-worthy.

The film has dollops of comedy that make you smile throughout the film with impactful dramatic and emotional scenes which make for a perfect Karan Johar film. He borrows heavily from K3G and the Yash Chopra chiffon saree song sequences in the snow-clad mountains.

A surprisingly progressive film that pushes against the norms, go and enjoy this Karan Johar full on entertainer. 

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