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Sadly, this fresh story loses its fizz



Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baaraat

Film: Band Baaja Baarat (Hindi)

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma

Director: Maneesh Sharma

Known for its lavish wedding sequences, this time Bollywood pauses to go behind the business of the big fat Indian wedding. After Rocket Singh, this is Yash Raj banner's second film which celebrates the entrepreneurship of young India without resorting to the big banner stereotypes.

Habib Faisal's screenplay has the spark of Jaideep Sahani's writing but cannot sustain the tempo in the second half. Band Baaja Baaraat still manages to tug the heartstrings with a story that is fresh and deserves to be told.

Shruti Kakkar reflects the new middle class girl who is training to be a wedding planner while completing her graduation from Delhi University.

On one of the assignments, she comes across Bittoo, raw and rustic, for whom college is just a time-pass and culture figures only in agriculture.

The two bond over bread pakodas and as Shruti nips Bittoo's romantic ideas in the bud, they decide not to mix business with pleasure. Shruti's planning and Bittoo's earthy execution gives Shaadi Mubarak a flying start. As they gradually rise from organising loud Janakpuri weddings in the lanes to staging understated Sainik Farm extravaganzas, we have plenty of aha! moments. The banter is believable and the situations reflect the reality of this recession-proof industry.

The casting is spot on as Ranveer Singh, despite his limited screen presence, looks straight from the sugar cane belt of western Uttar Pradesh. Anushka is improving with every outing.

She is an interesting mix of old world elegance and today's energy who finds girls of her age group giggly. Their effervescence is infectious and the first half passes like a breeze. However, debutant director Maneesh Sharma fails to create a concrete conflict even as Shruti fails to place love in her business plan when it suddenly drops in unannounced. This is an interesting situation to play with but the emotional frisson between the two pans out in a rather casual fashion.

As predictability sets in, the pace slackens. A couple of engaging subplots could have saved the day.

ANUJ KUMAR

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