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Raanjhanaa (2013)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  21 June 2013 (India)
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A small-town boy needs to break through the class divide to gain acceptance from his childhood sweetheart who is in love with big city ideals.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dhanush ...
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Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub ...
Murari
Swara Bhaskar ...
Bindiya
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Akram Zaidye / Jasjeet Singh
Shilpi Marwaha ...
Rashmi
Suraj Singh ...
Anand
Kumud Mishra
Deepika Amin
Nisha Jindal
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Kundan's Father
Naman Jain ...
Arvind Gaur ...
Guptaji
Sujata Kumar ...
Chief Minister
Ishwak Singh ...
Doctor from Lucknow
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Storyline

The pundit's son Kundan (Dhanush) has fallen for the girl at first sight. That they're both kids makes us dismiss it as a meaningless crush. But a few years later, the boy is still in love with the girl, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor). When she's in school, he follows her around holding her hand and getting slapped in the process. Finally, she relents because of his "consistency". The film shifts cities when Zoya gets into JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University), and through her, we are introduced to the idealistic and political culture of the place. She discovers a long-lost strength as she confronts and then falls for student leader Akram (Abhay Deol). The film takes a turn when Zoya returns to her hometown after eight long years only to find some things changed, and others surprisingly the same. Written by Sonia Chopra

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21 June 2013 (India)  »

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Budget:

INR 350,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$414,211 (USA) (21 June 2013)

Gross:

$875,051 (USA) (5 July 2013)
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In a one of its kind first, A R Rahman gets first credits as composer, followed by the director's. See more »

Goofs

When Kundan and Murari return from hospital to Kundan's wedding, they are on a 'Piaggio' scooter belonging to Murari. But in the previous traveling scene, both were on a 'Bajaj' scooter belonging to Kundan. See more »

Connections

References Jawani Diwani (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Aise Na Dekho
Produced by A.R. Rahman
Written by Irshad Kamil
Performed by A.R. Rahman and Karthik
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made my day
23 June 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is one of those rare breed of movies in Bollywood that dare to go beyond the commercial crowd pleasers. Fortunately we are seeing more of such kind each day. Having said that, this is a highly entertaining paisaa vasool venture with substance. Kudos to the writer and director who gave us the soulful Tanu weds Manu but this time he sets his mark higher.

The movie takes you on journey with Kundan who is brilliantly plated by Dhanush right from his school days in Banaras to his ultimate destiny. Its very hard not to feel for the guy and cheer him,laugh with him, feel with him and it definitely makes one nostalgic and teary eyed at the same time.

There are many amazing sequences in the film which are so realistic that you can really feel the main man crying,smiling,puking at various stages of the movie.His transformation from a school boy with a crush, through a youth with stubble and only one real goal in life, to an atonement seeking person is palpable.

Mind you though its made to be a love story it almost never gets into stereotypes or clichés and keeps us on the edge of the seat with its thrilling twists throughout the course.

Of course the main character is aided by a wonderful support cast from his friend Murari who gets the best one-liners, his childhood girlfriend, Abhay deol who plays his role with ease and surprisingly Sonam Kapoor who has dared to do something different & succeeded.

But the movies greatest strength is Dhanush who can make you cheer for him even when he's slashing his wrist, or riding is love into the river when he realizes she in love with somebody else.

On the flip side his role as a political leader seems over stretched after the racy 1st half and some of the actions of the lead female towards the end are not understandable.

All in all if you want to watch desi realistic love story with raw human emotions and unpolished drama here's your chance. Don't miss it!


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