We've seen several films on weddings and some of them have been made under the Yash Raj banner (DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE, MERE YAAR KI SHAADI HAI). But this is perhaps for the first time that a film throws light on the profession of wedding planning.
We must have attended many weddings till now. But apart from commenting about how good or bad the bride and the groom look or the quality of the food, have we ever thought about the efforts that go into organising the various events? Perhaps not. Even I didn't until BAND BAAJA BAARAAT. Right from decoration, to the food, to booking the venues, to welcoming the guests, there are several things that go into a wedding.
BAND BAAJA BAARAAT is the story of Shruti (Anushka Sharma), a final year student who wants to be a wedding planner. She's so ambitious and determined, that she has even fixed the name of her company, 'Shaadi Mubarak'. She meets Bitoo (Ranveer Singh), a chilled out college student who doesn't know what to do in life, at a wedding he has gate crashed into for food. Despite their contrasting personalities, they soon become friends and after sometime later even partners in their wedding planning business. Shruti's rule is simple: Jisse vyapaar karo, usse kabhi na pyaar karo. Their business grows along with their relationship. Shruti breaks her own rule and starts loving Bitoo.
The main reason why BAND BAAJA BARAAT works is because of its refreshing script. The wedding planning business is not just used as a backdrop. Just like ROCKET SINGH: SALESMAN OF THE YEAR (also a Yash Raj Film), which was about sales, BAND BAAJA BAARAAT explores wedding planning along with Shruti and Bitoo. Debutante director Maneesh Sharma spends almost the entire first half on how they reach newer heights in their business through their good and honest service. It separates the film from being just another love story. In the second half, there's a slight dip in the narrative after Shruti falls for Bitoo. The plot gets a bit threadbare and even predictable. Wish it was much tighter.
There's an interesting blend of humour, drama and romance in the film. It's replete with great scenes like the one in which Bitoo cleverly inquires about Shruti over the phone or the one in which he talks about foreign guests taking pictures of practically everything from a camel to a pigeon. Dialogues and screenplay by Habib Faisal, who is the director of DO DOONI CHAAR, add merit to the film.
Aseem Mishra's brilliant cinematography captures Delhi in a new light. Music composers Salim-Suliman's music is excellent with many eclectic numbers that go well with the film. Ainvayi Ainvayi, Mitra and Tarkeebein are the best.
Anushka Sharma delivers a spirited performance. She suits her role perfectly. But the real star of the film is debutante Ranveer Singh. He has an amazing screen presence and performs his role impeccably. Right from his dialogue delivery to his body language, everything is just right. The chemistry between Anushka and Ranveer totally rocks! All the other actors have performed well too.
Make sure you join the celebrations and groove with this BAND BAAJA BAARAAT. Strongly recommended.