Film: “What’s Your Raashee?”
Star Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Harman Baweja, Manju Singh, Aanijan Shrivastava, Visswa Badola, Rajesh Vivek, Dilip Joshi, Dyaneshwar Pandey, Yuri Bhairavi Vaidya, Geeta Tyagi, Ajita Kulkarni, Darshan Jariwala
Music: Sohail Sen
Director: Ashutsoh Gowariker
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala, Sunita A. Gowarikar
After Ashutosh Gowarikar’s historical Jodha Akbar, thought provoking Swades and complete entertainer and Oscar nominee Lagaan, his attempt at a complete new genre of films – satirical comedy – has failed disastrously. The good part about the movie is that it has not shown all the Gujjus as comic strips as is done in some of the movies. A detailed attention has been given to the language, names, costumes, body language and set design. Though the total concept of depicting all the 12 zodiac signs has plenty of scope in developing a few interesting and comic situations, the movie does not seem to have geared up this fact. Also, the total stretch of around 3.5 hours creates a kind of boredom inside the audiences.
Based on the Gujarati novel ‘Kimball Ravenswood’ by Madhu Rye, the movie starts with an astrologer predicting that Yogesh Patel (Harman Baweja)an US settled NRI, will get a lot of money on the day of his marriage. After his parents call him back to India, Yogesh realizes that his family needs money to save his elder brother (Dilip Joshi) from a 4 crore debt and that his marraige is the only hope. So ultimately he decides to meet up 12 girls based on 12 different zodiac signs. His uncle (Darshan Jariwala) helps him out by making him meet twelve different girls. There is a sub-plot in the middle showing uncle’s affair with his yoga teacher. Finally, in the end Yogesh marries a girl and is assisted by his nanaji in solving out the debt problem.
Priyanka has worked hard throughout the movie depicting all the 12 zodiac signs satisfactorily. The frank and vindictive nature of the dancer Mallika Desai, the vivacity and restlessness of Kajal, innocence and comicalness of Anjali, naughtiness of Nandini and strictness of Rajni Parmar has been worked out fantastically. The character of Hansa depicting self-respect and honesty has been expressed perfectly through Priyanka’s body language and eyes. Also, she has managed to bring the dreamy look of her long lost husband in her past life in the character of Chandrika. And yes, the character of Sanjana appears to be lively and real. Harman Baweja has surprised the audiences with his acting.
The music is not so good and there is a song for each Raashee thus making the total going up to 13. The worst part is that you whine whenever a song is played wishing somewhere that bit more attention could have been given to the characters who have been just introduced. Instead of giving them the depth there has been a song played which has got no connection with the zodiac nature. Also, the sub-plot, introduced to help out Yogesh to find his perfect bride, is of no help. And the fact that all the misunderstandings are cleaned up easily is a bit hard to digest.
Unfortunately the movie leaves behind a daily soap kind of end that is generally predicted by the audiences watching it everyday.