Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani: Movie Review

If you think Rajkumar Santoshi is the director of so-serious-movies like Ghayal, Damini, China Gate, Pukar, Lajja, Legend of Bhagat Singh and Khakee, you are missing something. He’s the man who gave us Andaz Apna Apna. And now he’s there with Ajab Prem ki Ghajab Kahani.

Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani

OK. Frankly, Andaz Apna Apna is a classic and nobody, I repeat, nobody can make it again. So let’s see APKGK from a new frame.

First things first. All good movies don’t need things like mind and reasoning. APKGK is one of those movies.

The movie starts on a light note with Ranbir Kapoor, or Prem, the President of Happy Club, doing nothing but running his club whose aim is to make its members more happy. And yes, to make lovers meet. Ranbir meets Katrina during such a ‘mission’ and while he falls in love at first sight, she falls in hate. Then the misunderstandings end and they meet. And then misunderstandings come again. And then they meet again. In the process, you get to see some light-hearted comedy with some Rajnikantish moves by Ranbir and you also get to hear some wonderful music.

At the end of first half the movie gets a bit serious for some time, at least for the interval, but then Rajkumar Santoshi brings in a mini-climax and you can see everyone running while Ranbir flees with Katrina, to bring her to Upen Patel who is her lover. They both go in a happily ever after mode but then Katrina comes back to Ranbir, even though not realizing Ranbir’s love for her. Then politics, family, and lot of comedy come in and finally the movie comes to a huge climax with everyone running in all directions. The good part is that the comedy here is better than we have seen in most of Priyadarshan’s movies, or at least enhanced in some ways. With this climax, Katrina is freed from ‘Don’ and Upen Patel’s marriage with Katrina is almost done. I’ll leave the story here. All I can say is, at the very end, unnecessarily, but not badly, Rajkumar Santoshi does a little Chetan Bhagat too.

The movie, to a large extent, belongs to Ranbir again, even though it’s continuously second time his father throws him out of home in a movie. In the first half it seems like Santoshi has used all his potential, but in the second half, in some parts it seems like he has a lot more potential.

Among others, Katrina is good and has done more than just smiling in the movie. Upen Patel is more than just a guest appearance. Seems like he’s negotiated for the title in exchange for a bigger, better role in the movie. Darshan Jariwala is good as ever. In fact he’s better than ever in comedy scenes, at least in Hindi films. Smita Jaykar is good again, but Govind Namdeo hasn’t got a role good enough for his skills. Navneet Nishan is hardly there. Happy Club is fine. Sajid Don has got dialogs that make you laugh. If you want, you can also search for the Hindi teacher of Taare Zameen Par in the movie for yourself.

Also, music plays a big role in keeping the movie up and running. In fact if there is anybody other than Ranbir to whom this movie belongs, it’s Atif’s wonderful voice and Pritam’s music. The guy who sings shining in the shade in sun (uncredited, probably Neeraj Shridhar) sounds superb too, even for those few words. And yes, the best song of the movie, Tu Jaane Na has beenpicturisedbeautifully. Superb cinematography there.Santoshi has mixed comedy and emotions really well. In many scenes there are sudden jumps from comedy to romance and vice versa which have been handled wonderfully.

Overall the movie is good and likable. Even if you go with your mind working, things sometimes get so interesting that you do not mind their silliness, something like Tom and Jerry. The only bad thing about the movie is that there isn’t much scope for using one’s mind. Even though Prem is Ajab, the story has no Ghazab there. It’s just a normal story presented in a new packet. Still, I loved the overall package a lot. Go for it, I’d say.

लेखक: Harshit

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