Review: Bachna Ae Haseeno!

I don’t trust film critics these days. They are highly biased and I’ve found myself enjoying quite a few films that they panned and I have detested some films they glorified. So despite all the bashing the film got, I jumped at Sneha’s plan.

Let me give you a background. Although everyone’s enjoying the long weekend and all that, most of the CampusJunkie team was reading articles and busy rating them. By Saturday afternoon I was exhausted. The film was a break from all the work.

The story:

It doesn’t take too much to guess that BAH is a good looking, sweet-talking guy’s story. He’s been surrounded by hot women, and he starts talking about three loves of his life… He can put all you romeos to shame with his moves and of course, his looks. The first half is a fun-filled, picturesque narrative of how Raj (Ranbir) goes around breaking hearts before his very own heart gets broken. The second half is an emotional (almost bordering on the ham side of things) roller-coaster as Raj sets out to seek redemption and apologise for his actions.

The first half is extremely fun, it’s got your typical Yashraj film elements(Europe, DDLJ fan and a missed train, what can get more Yashraj than this?) The second half continues to be inspired by DDLJ too but starts getting a tad boring. Siddharth Anand should give up on trying to make his audience weep. It doesn’t work! (Please refer to Ta Ra Rum Pum)


Ranbir rides on his family equity yet again. In Saawariya, he encashed the Raj Kapoor equity and now with Bachna Ae Haseeno he tries a hand at encashing his father’s brand equity. But I welcome the chocolate hero of the new era of Bollywood. We’ve had quite a few actors unsuccessfully trying to cater to the chocolate boy image that Rishi Kapoor, Aamir Khan enjoyed through the initial years of their careers. Ranbir fits that image effortlessly. One tip though, keep the lipstick a shade lighter, Ranbir. Nobody likes a boy with rose-bud pink lips!

Minisha fails to emote except when she’s crying. With her flawless skin and all that, she looks like the quintessential Punjabi soni kudi.

Bipasha: BIMBO! She looks horrible. Her attempt at being the girl next door who is trying to make it big in Bollywood, falls flat on its face. She pulls of a JLo-esque Bollywood superstar Shreya effortlessly though.

Deepika: Make-up doesn’t suit her. She looks a bit too fake and her acting skills need some polishing. However, she’s a sight to see in ‘Khuda Jaane’. The woman does have breathtaking features.

Final Word:

It’s a nice movie to catch on a Saturday evening. According to Sneha, it’s a great date movie as well. A much better film from the Yashraj banner after the horrific crap that they’ve been coming out with last year (hello! Remember JBJ & Tashan?!?) This one however, cannot compete with a DDLJ or DTPH. So it hangs somewhere in between…

My verdict:

Watch once if you want to have fun. Enjoy the peppy title track and the soothing Khuda Jaane and get refreshed. I sure am!

5 comments for “Review: Bachna Ae Haseeno!

  1. August 17, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Lol… I saw the trailer and decided not to waste my money on that! 😀
    Good review, and very nice blog! Count me in as a regular! 😀

  2. August 17, 2008 at 6:37 am

    lol so a truthful review 🙂 i think i will give this a miss 🙂 after jaane tu and kismat konnection i don’t have the patience to watch another no brain 🙂

  3. August 18, 2008 at 8:31 am

    An original and different review. As I mentioned in my other comment, you write well. And you have a good mind! Thinking ability is what is missing today in most writing, and I mean even in mags and papers. And as for the film reviews, they are paid for.The critics are wined and dined.

  4. compulsivewriter
    August 18, 2008 at 9:10 am

    @Nikhil: don’t judge a film by its trailer! It can be worse than it seems!
    @Vishesh: watch it on DVD when it releases, its worth a few laughs
    @ Nita: Thanks! During my stint as a feature writer, I discovered that many critics even manipulate their reviews according to their favourites in the industry… Its sad… But really appreciate your feedback! Thank you 🙂

  5. Ashish
    August 22, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Hi !

    I went to watch BAH with no expectations. Surprisingly, I enjoyes the movie a lot!

    – Ranbir Kapoor ROCKS!
    – Minisha Lamba ties too hard!
    – Bipasha looks beautiful and acts well!
    – Deepika looks very beatiful and I found her character very strong ( Pre Interval).

    The movie teaches not to hurt anyone around!- Very sweey message!!!

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