Friday, December 10, 2010

Blessy Chettiar - Don't miss the Band Baaja Baaraat

Jisse vyapaar karo, usse kabhi na pyaar karo is the rule of business that Shruti Kakkad (Sharma) swears by. She’s a feisty Punjabi kudi, focused yet realistic about her plans of making a career out of planning weddings, armed with a scrapbook of marriage themes, some experience, and dreams of her future venture.

Now meet Bittoo Sharma, bhukkad, lazy, and aimless. The two poles come together to set up Shaadi Mubaarak, a wedding planning agency, in partnership. What follows is a ball of a time they have organising weddings, from taking care of guests to food, decoration, lighting, sound, and whatnot. One wedding after the other and Shaadi Mubaarak breaks into the wedding planning scene in Delhi.

Predictably, the twist in the tale comes when Shruti’s ‘binness’ rule goes for a toss as she falls in love with Bittoo. The dip in the narrative also comes with the twist in Band Baaja Baaraat.

Debutant director Sharma’s writing is crisp and the story is vibrant and colourful. It successfully carries the Yash Raj tinge of romance and drama against the backdrop of the big fat Indian wedding. The dialogues (by Habib Faisal, who directed and wrote the dialogues for family comedy Do Dooni Chaar) are sharp and conversational. Delhiites will particularly relate to the lingo and the flashy weddings, a status symbol among many North Indians.

Newcomer Singh is impressively confident and effortlessly good at his job. Watch out for this Yash Raj find. Anushka Sharma is comfortable in her skin and carries off the rough-and-tough girl’s part with ease. The lead pair is comfortable and their chemistry striking.

The music is loud, like most other things in Band Baaja Baarat but the peppy tracks could well qualify as wedding staples this season. Notable among the lot are Ainvayi Ainvayi and the title track Band Baaja Baaraat.

Wedding planners Bittoo and Shruti are set with their preparations to welcome you at the nearest theater. Don’t miss this vibrant spectacle that celebrates the great Indian wedding.


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