(I am watching 3 movies over this long Independence Day weekend so dont be surprised if this starts to look like a movie blog!)
If I said I was being forced by my wife to watch Bachna Ae Haseeno, I must apologize to her. While she did insist on watching this movie, her insistence was well deserved. Now all of you movie connosieurs shouldnt get me wrong. The movie isn't and will never be the critics' favorite. This said, if you've never watched a Bollywood movie before and you wish to know how it usually is -- watch this one!.
In very few words, Bachna Ae Haseeno is a movie about a guy called Raj who meets three girls at three separate stages of his life -- dumps two and is dumped by the third, and realizes how it hurts when you're heartbroken. He promptly sets about on a tour across Amritsar, Delhi, Mumbai, Capri and Rome to seek forgiveness from the damsels he'd dumped. And when he successfully returns to Sydney, he's in for a great surprise!
Now that isn't a great story, but when did Yash Raj Films ever do meaningful cinema? Watch this movie if you want 75 minutes of wacky humor, followed by another 75 minutes of Yash Raj chocalaty-cheesiness! Now at this point I must make a special mention of Ranbir Kapoor. Move over Shahrukh -- here's our new chocolate boy. Bachna Ae Haseeno is Ranbir's movie through and through. He displays tremendous screen presence, a remarkable dancing style, incredible comic timing and the ability to ham which is invaluable if you want to survive in Bollywood. Rarely have I seen a newcomer display such amazing Bollywood traits in just his second movie. And how can I forget the girls -- Bipasha Basu (wooh baby.... sluuurp) is very bit the diva we've made her out to be. If there's a stand out lady in the movie, its her! I must say the other girls did a reasonable job, though I thought Deepika's performances seemed extremely rigid and rehearsed. But who cares? She has just 15-20 minutes of the movie!
All in all, I'll say that you must watch Bachna Ae Haseeno for the pure cheesiness and the bubblegummy nature of the movie. Its meaningless fun, but its fun all the same. Its 150 minutes of great entertainment and I while I guess you wont rave about the movie, you wont regret buying the ticket either.