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Anjaana Anjaani – Not For Realists

Anjaana Anjaani

Anjaana Anjaani

After several days, came along a movie which we were all waiting for. The promos looked extremely exciting. After all, it had two of the most amazing actors of the Indian film Industry – Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor. The movie managed to generate a lot of hype before its release, because both the actors looked absolutely stunning. Priyanka Chopra, with her long tresses clipped short and unbelievable style managed to look more beautiful than ever before. Ranbir Kapoor, the latest heartthrob of all the Indian women looked as charming and innocent as ever. The music is simply great, with some new singers crooning melodies which were different, yet vaguely familiar at the same time.

Thus, feeling elated, crowds thronged into theatres during the first week of the movie. The expectations were very high. The last hit Bollywood movie “Dabangg” had created mass hysteria, and the urban crowd was now in the mood for something more mellow and romantic. However, as it is the case with most Bollywood films today, disappointment prevailed. People were not happy with the way the movie was made.

Firstly, the story gave people bouts of nostalgia about the time when the blockbuster hit “Jab We Met” was released. Secondly, the storyline was very lame, and kind of clichéd. Most people came out with the opinion that although the presentation of the movie was good, the story was absolutely pathetic. It was illogical, unreal, and something which would never happen in real life. The characters were not properly defined – it felt as though they kept digressing from what was originally portrayed of them. In addition to this, the second half of the movie felt as though the makers had suddenly remembered that they did have some very good songs. Thus, there was a song after every few dialogues, which exasperated most of the audience.

Yet, there are many with a different opinion. It is a strange thing about Indian audiences – they can accept cheesiness when it comes to Hollywood films. Yet, the same things are not acceptable back home. The same people, who love to devour Mills & Boons at a rate which would put even a hungry sumo wrestler to shame, hated a story on similar lines which was shot for Bollywood. Many people however, loved the movie. They found it full of romance, comedy and the music delighted their souls to the very core. The actors did a fine job of representing the lonely and confused characters of Aakash and Kiara. The scenes were shot in some of the most beautiful locations, which made the overall presentation of the film a really pleasurable experience.

So all in all, this is a movie which has been made solely for romantics. Perhaps the urban Indian audience is now getting divided into two distinct categories – the romantics, who love to watch movies mainly because they are not real. Because movies are only a representation of their wildest dreams and fantasies. The second category consists of the realists –  people who feel that there is no point in wasting time with illogical things. That movies are a platform for people to show something substantial, and that producers must always keep in mind of the expenses borne by people to watch their movies.

About Anindita Chatterjee

Career and Education: I am currently PGDM 2nd year student (operations) from K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and research, Mumbai. I had a prior work experience of almost 2 years at Verizon Data Services India, Hyderabad, where I served as a server administrator. My work involved troubleshooting all kinds of OS and Hardware problems with Windows 2003 servers. My graduation consists of BE in IT from CBIT, Hyderabad. Social: Born in Mumbai to Bengali parents, raised in Hyderabad, studying now in Mumbai, I am pretty much the PAN Indian. I love making friends and meeting new people, although I wouldn’t really call myself a social butterfly. I love writing, and am a voracious reader – be it fiction or non-fiction. I think that one of the biggest comforts in life is being able to curl up on the couch with a great, exciting new book after a day’s work. I also enjoy all kinds of music, and I am a complete movie buff. I realise that there are grey areas in most issues, but I do call a spade a spade, when it’s glaringly obvious. I believe in God, but I’m not religious. I feel that it’s important to focus on the purpose rather than the medium used to achieve the purpose.

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