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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)

RabNeBanaDiJodi2008

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), translation: A Match Made by God is a 2008 Bollywood romantic comedy directed by Aditya Chopra and produced by Yash Raj Films. Shahrukh Khan stars in the film as mild-mannered office worker Surinder “Suri” Sahni whose love for beautiful, vivacious Tania “Taani Partner” Gupta (Anushka Sharma) transforms him into the loud and funloving “Raj.” It was released worldwide on 12 December 2008.

Upon release, the film became a blockbuster, netting the sixth-highest opening weekend and fifth-highest opening week. At the end of its theatrical run in India, the film netted over INR 850 million, and is currently the sixth highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time according to net collections.

Plot

Shy, introverted, and kind-hearted Surinder “Suri” Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) is an office employee for Punjab Power. He quietly falls in love with the daughter of his former professor (M.K. Raina), beautiful and vivacious Tania “Taani” Gupta (Anushka Sharma), whom he first sees during the preparations for her wedding. When they are introduced however, Taani jokingly berates and blames him for setting an impossible set of standards (reiterated by her father) that she was never able to meet growing up. A short while later, the shocking news arrives that her lover and fiancé and his wedding entourage were killed in a road accident. The hitherto immensely carefree Taani’s immediately distraught; her father suffers a heart attack. Fearing that Taani will be alone in the world, the professor on his deathbed, and paternally affectionate toward Suri, requests him to marry her. Suri silently concedes; Taani tearfully agrees for her father’s sake.

After an impromptu wedding, Suri takes Taani to his ancestral home in Amritsar. While his good nature leads Suri to treat her with exceptional care, illustrated by his letting her have his bedroom all to herself, and patience, he is too frightened to profess his love for her. Besides which, Taani tells him that while she will try to be a good wife and thus respect her role in his life, she can never love him due to having no love left within her. Suri, least bothered and grateful for the increasing acts of wifely affection she does show, proceeds to indulge her wishes. These include regular evening trips to the cinema to see song and dance films which appeal to Taani’s fantasies about romance and her passion for dancing. She soon asks for Suri’s permission, which he grants, to take an expensive dance class with a Bombay company Dancing Jodi to unwind from her mundane life at home.

During those evenings spent at the movie-theatres, Suri realizes his inadequacy vis-a-vis the strong, masculine images that Taani admires and later asks his long-time chum Balwinder “Bobby” Khosla (Vinay Pathak), a hair-salon owner, for grooming advice so as to win her love. Bobby is eager to help and gives him a complete makeover (shaving off his mustache – an accidental gag, modding his hairstyle, fitting him out in funky Western-style clothing including aviator-style shades with oversized pastel lenses). Suri is thus transformed into the swaggering, crude, and fun-loving “Raj Kapoor”, a name he borrows from the hero of the movie that Taani had recently admired. He joins the dance class to be near her. By chance — or, as he puts it, by divine choice — he becomes Taani’s partner in the competition. Despite Raj’s initial obnoxiousness — a result of Surinder’s inexperience with women and his over-the-top attempts to emulate the “cool” images from movies — he and Taani become friends as they work together on their dance routine. Suri feels encouraged when Taani does not tie a rakhi (holy thread) on “Raj’s” wrist during the festival of Raksha Bandhan (for to do so would indicate that she thought of him only as a brother). Thus, after a period of time, Raj declares his love for her.

Suri’s ruse poses a dilemma for both of them. Taani enters into a period of internal conflict, desperately wanting to escape from her despair-filled life through finding a new person to love. Despite wanting to escape what she believes is a loveless marriage, Taani feels compelled to stay with Suri due to the promise that she made to her father. Suri also faces an extraordinary paradox: Taani’s sheer misery as his wife in contrast to her delight with his fabricated alter ego, Raj. He thus attempts to win Taani’s love as Suri, an act which only alienates her further. She eventually runs away to find Raj in order to tell him the predicament she is in, hoping he will help her. He offers to elope with her, which she agrees to, tearfully. They set the date for their elopement to the next night, the night of the competition. Later that wet night, freed of his ‘Raj’ facade, Suri confides in Bobby his desires to not do the right thing – reveal all to Taani – but end the charade in his own way, i.e. sacrifice his cravings for her love, leave her his property and transfer himself to Delhi.

On the day of the competition, Suri takes Taani to the Golden Temple in order to garner God’s blessings for her competition that night—and internally, also for her life with(out) Raj. While there, Taani has an epiphany in which she believes God has shown her a sign that tells that her marriage to Suri is divinely inspired. For the first time she reflects on her husband and becomes aware of the strength and integrity of Suri’s character, something she can grow to love. Taani thus tells Raj that she cannot choose him over her newly-discovered life-partner. She leaves him in what appears to be a state of shock with tears in his eyes. When the time comes for their performance Taani, resigned to Raj’s non-availabily, is stunned to see Suri instead join her on stage. Even as he kick-starts their eventually competition-clinching routine, Taani puts two and two together and through a series of flashbacks during the dance awakens to the fact that Suri is Raj. Backstage she confronts Suri and when he confesses his love for her, she tearfully admits that she returns his feelings. The two having won the competition head off on a honeymoon to Japan, the trip itself a product of Suri’s erstwhile endeavours – as Suri – to win Taani’s love.

Cast

Shahrukh Khan as Surinder ‘Suri’ Sahni / Raj Kapoor
Anushka Sharma as Taani Sahni
Vinay Pathak as Balwinder ‘Bobby’ Khosla
M.K. Raina as Taani’s father
Manmeet Singh as Raju mechanic
Mark Sagato as Sumo Wrestler
Nilofar Salehi as Dolly
Rohit Siobti as Surinder’s friend
Anuj Tikku as D.K.
Bobby Bedi as Tiny Singh
Rajesh Jain as Khanna
Vineet Kapoor as Chedda
Bipasha Basu as Special appearance in the song “Phir Milenge Chalt Chalte”
Lara Dutta as Special appearance in the song “Phir Milenge Chalt Chalte”
Kajol as Special appearance in the song “Phir Milenge Chalt Chalte”
Rani Mukherjee as Special appearance in the song “Phir Milenge Chalt Chalte”
Preity Zinta as Special appearance in the song “Phir Milenge Chalt Chalte”

Sound Tracks

“Dance Pe Chance”
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Composed by Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan, Labh Jajua
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Dancing Jodi”
Composed by Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Haule Haule”
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Composed by Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Haule Haule – Remix”
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Composed by Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte”
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Composed by Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Performed by Sonu Nigam
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai”
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Composed by Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Performed by Roop Kumar Rathod
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai – 1″
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Composed by Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal
Music Label Yash Raj Music

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 07 January 2011

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