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Raanjhanaa (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 21 June 2013 (India)
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Kundan, the son of a Hindu pundit, discovers that his childhood sweetheart Zoya loves city-bred Akram and wants to marry him. However, he persistently seeks to win her heart.

Director:

Aanand L. Rai

Writer:

Himanshu Sharma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dhanush ... Kundan Shankar
Sonam Kapoor ... Zoya Haider
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub ... Murari
Swara Bhaskar ... Bindiya
Abhay Deol ... Akram Zaidye / Jasjeet Singh
Shilpi Marwaha Shilpi Marwaha ... Rashmi
Suraj Singh Suraj Singh ... Anand
Kumud Mishra
Deepika Amin
Nisha Jindal Nisha Jindal
Vipin Sharma ... Kundan's Father
Naman Jain ... Kundan (Childhood)
Arvind Gaur Arvind Gaur ... Guptaji
Sujata Kumar ... Chief Minister
Ishwak Singh 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Tamil

Release Date:

21 June 2013 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambikapathy See more »

Filming Locations:

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 350,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$414,211, 23 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$875,051, 7 July 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 1,000,000,000, 23 July 2013
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Trivia

After 25 films in Tamil , lead actor Dhanush got his debut best actor award in filmfare See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Murari: Looks like this is not love, it's an exam of UPSC, not clearing even after 10 years.
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Features Saajan (1991) See more »

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Performed by Javed Ali, Keerthi Sagathia and A.V. Pooja
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Love -- With A Different View !!
26 June 2013 | by prantickbSee all my reviews

Raanjhanaa, what can I say about the film!! As an avid film buff I have compel to write this bollywood movie review. It's an unique movie, so bollywood but so unique and refreshing! It is a definitive multi-layered story woven beautifully with a great but complex script.

Script is complex, multi-layered but transparent to viewer. It starts from boy meets girl and narrates philosophy, dedication, progression of life with love. And how it turns to an unique love story that should not be missed.

The editing is very good at first half, but it should be more stringent in the second half. Cinematography is marvelous, Baranasi can be this beautiful? then you have to watch it.

Songs and lyrics woven beautifully in the story. You can not side-line the songs and watch the movie; it is practically lyrical story. AR Rehman creates a blend of true Indian flavored music here.

Dialogues are also playing a crucial part in the film. From witty to cliché, from orthodox to unorthodox, it varies and triumphs.

When you are seeing the acting of the film, Dhanush has really become Kundan. Dhanush never existed in this film, only Kundan has. That should sum up the acting depth infused in the film as Kundan. Welcome Dhanush to bollywood. Sonam is beautiful and well enacted the role. She is more compelling towards ending of the film.

Another advantage director uses in his film that is supporting actors. Special mention to Murari(Kundan's friend) and Bindiya. Both have the best one-liners of the film and their acting was just apt. Abhay Deol is also good.

Director Mr. Rai presents you a story with great attributes. Celebrate, cheers, empathizes and of course fall in love....with a bit of sacrifice.....Raanjhanaa !!!


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