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Raanjhanaa

CBFC Rating: U/A

Runtime: 2 hours 26 minutes (146 minutes)

Genre: Romance

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Raanjhanaa Review

What's Good:
First-half is Flawless, Dhanush's performance, A. R. Rahman's Musical, and some myriad emotions.
What's Bad:
Second-half changes the tone of the vibrant love story and makes it brooding :(
Verdict:
Raanjhanaa is like a heady wine! It's effect is slow, but for sure. Dhanush will be loved!
Watch or Not:
Definitely watch it for the novel story, and some great performances.

Audience Ratings for Raanjhanaa

35.0%
71 Ratings
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Critics Reviews for Raanjhanaa

88 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 8 | Positive Review: 7 | Negative Review: 1 | Average Rating: 3.1/5

Just when you thought that Bollywood had (slowly, but steadily) matured in its take on love, director Aanad L Rai quashes our faith with a shockingly outdated love story. Set on the rustic bylanes of Benaras, 'Raanjhanaa' is unimaginatively archaic and extremely convoluted that it gives love a bad name. Pitching an outdated love story that could've (probably) worked in the 90s, is a sure-shot hint at box-office disaster. Take our tip. Skip this one.

June 21, 2013 Full Review
Resham Sengar
Resham Sengar
Zee News

RAANJHANAA encompasses romance and myriad emotions most wonderfully, besides bravura performances and a popular musical score from the maestro. A film that touches the core of your heart. A film that's definitely worthy of a watch. Not to be missed!
Critic Score: 3.5/5

June 21, 2013 Full Review
Taran Adarsh
Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama.com

Raanjhanaa is a love story that has a Shakespearean touch and is mounted on a lavish scale. Set in Benaras, in a sense, the heart of India, the first half in the vibrant city where the Ganges flows, just sweeps you off your feet with its colour and feel. All of a sudden, Raanjhanaa seems like two different films. In the first half, it is an interesting, intense, introspective love story, where you empathise with the characters. In the second half, the love story gets diluted to make way for gobbledygook political ideology that is an irritant. Note: You may not like this film if you cannot digest brooding love stories.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

June 21, 2013 Full Review
Meena Iyer
Meena Iyer
Times of India

In Raanjhanaa, a guy from Benares tests his owns limits to the extent he’ll go for the girl he's been besotted by ever since he was a little boy. Endeavours that begin this early have a way of getting out of hand and exasperating. But Rai has Dhanush -- wonderful, tangible, indefatigable Dhanush, and the actor in his first Hindi film holds fort from start to finish. What this tells you: Raanjhanaa isn’t easy viewing. Kundan and Zoya aren’t easily likeable. They have flaws. They make mistakes. Blunders, really. But Rai shows them for what they are; he never paints a pretty picture. And this brutal honesty coupled with a commanding Dhanush is what works.
Critic Score: 3/5

June 21, 2013 Full Review
Sukanya Verma
Sukanya Verma
Rediff.com

Raanjhanaa, scripted by Tanu Weds Manu writer Himanshu Sharma, is a love story with a huge difference that benefits no end from a clutch of exceptional performances. The film defies the expectations of the audience at several crucial junctures and holds out absolutely no apologies for springing abrupt surprises. If you are among those that helped Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani rake in all those crores at the box office, you owe it to yourself (and to the cause of popular Hindi cinema that entertains with more than just song and dance and star power) to vote for Raanjhanaa with your feet.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

June 21, 2013 Full Review
Saibal Chatterjee
Saibal Chatterjee
NDTV

Raanjhanaa joins the rank of recent love stories (Aashiqui 2, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani) that take the unconventional path of approaching the genre by exposing the dark underbelly of romance through shades of loss, regret, remorse, and pain. Despite a colourful and vivacious beginning, the film ends up being weighed down by its heavy melodramatic second half. Raanjhanaa has a fantastic first half. Watch it for Dhanush and Sonam's performances and some colourful one-liners and dialogues.
Critic Score: 3/5

June 21, 2013 Full Review
Tushar Joshi
Tushar Joshi
DNA

Painted on a novel idea of unrequited love, packing it with a kinetic first half, the film’s buoyancy transforms into brittle in its second half. With a few mercurial performances from its supporting cast mostly Abhay Deol, it is the clumsy and lackadaisical show in the second half that makes the film plain facile. Had the film maintained its force, it could easily have been more spirited. However a sluggish screenplay and lurching script makes Raanjhanaa a half baked effort‬ and hence gets a 2.5/5 from me. It is exasperating to see how directors lack the perseverance to hold steady a film’s entertainment value till the end.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

June 21, 2013 Full Review
Mohar Basu
Mohar Basu
Koimoi.com

The riveting first half of the film lives up to its old-fashioned title, with a young lover whose chief driver is passion, the innocent young girl who is the object of his adoration, and the problems that keep them apart. Post interval, it comes unstuck, and squanders its gains. If Raanjhanaa had kept its tone intact, it would have been a great love story. Raanjhanaa is a film which is all of a piece in its engaging first half, and a good Bollywood launchpad for Dhanush.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

June 21, 2013 Full Review
Shubhra Gupta
Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

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