Film: Anjaana Anjaani
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Zayed Khan
Director: Siddharth Anand
Rating: Good

Jaya Biswas
Director Sidharth Anand is back with his latest offering, Anjaana Anjaani, that boasts of some hilarious dialogues and brilliant performances. As the tagline of the film suggests, it’s a love story between two strangers who meet under unusual circumstances and manage to find love.
New York boy Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) and Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) meet at a point when they are simply fed up with their lives and do not want to live any longer. They try to commit suicide a couple of times but all their efforts go in vain as something or the other goes wrong. So the duo plan to help each other out and become partners in death (sounds corny right?). Never mind, what ensues is a 20-day road trip that takes the couple to various scenic locales all over America before they commit suicide on December 31. It turns out that Kiara had been cheated by Kunal (Zayed Khan) days before the two were to get married to each other. Unable to bear the humiliation, Kiara had wanted to end her life. Akash, of course, had lost millions of dollars in business and didn’t want to face his friends. Anjaana Anjaani is replete with comic moments, which at times are predictable but still manage to gather quite a few laughs. Ranbir’s dance tracks and other song sequences are high points of the film.
However, the film has few flaws that one can’t ignore. The plot is hugely inspired by the 2007 Hollywood film, The Bucket List in which two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. Also the opening scene is an exact copy of 1999 French film, Girl on the Bridge where the boy Gabor (Auteuil) and a girl Adèle (Paradis), intend to kill themselves by jumping from a bridge. What follows is their tumultuous adventure-travel around Europe, ending in Istanbul when they get separated and their lives once again becomes luckless. Talking about ‘being inspired’, haven’t we seen that “Oh did we have sex at night after drinking” scene before in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaenge?
Director Siddharth Anand should have paid more attention to making the characters believable. Instead of some despondent creatures heading for suicide, Ranbir and Priyanka look more like some spoilt brats who seem to enjoy the game of suicide.
Having said that, I don’t want to do a disservice to the actors… Ranbir’s character in Anjaana Anjaani is somewhere between Wake Up Sid!, Rocket Singh and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. The guy not only looks good but also proves himself once again with his effortless acting. Priyanka’s effervescent portrayal of Kiara stays with you. And boy what sizzling chemistry!
Zayed Khan is okay in a guest appearance. Joy Sengupta, Vishal Malhotra and others provide ordinary support.
Overall, it is Ranbir-Priyanka’s eventful journey that makes it worth a watch.

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