December 10, 2010 Srinivas
Director Maneesh Sharma dished out a frivolous tale which is tidily carved out into a self-styled lighthearted screenplay by Habib Faisal. If truth be told the promos of Band Baaja Barat definitely make a fool of the audience. The film disappoints if at all one intends to watch a spotless and decent one. But, for those who are tolerable to a run of the mill theme it's unquestionably a passable flick.
The locale of the Delhi gallis, the cosmopolitan way of life, the survival of middle class populace in the urban regions, the Delhi colloquial speech (Hindi mixed with Punjabi), the splurging way of the well-heeled group, etc. are shown in a grand comportment. To a certain extent the narration sustained with a fine tempo. Just ahead of few minutes of the intermission it was highly stimulating. The decorum of the film went for a toss with the unwanted love-making scene.
Post intermission the unfolding of the story lost the rhythm and went astray. The ethical values are set aside for a brief period. But, still the director managed to hold the drama. The sudden outbreak of the sensibly thinking leading lady is totally rubbish. The film would have been the most beautiful one ever made with just a minor avoidance.
As far as the story is concerned, it is about Shruti Kakkar, a go-getter, who fends off needless issues that comes in her way. She even notifies her parents that she would be settled in married life subsequent to gratifying her desire of proving herself through an enterprise in a span of five years. In the interim, Bittoo Sharma, a laid-back guy, with no certain aspiration in life happens to see Shruti and falls in love with her. He tries to woo her in his own way and finally gains her confidence with a proposal of a joint venture.
In fact Bittoo, in order to getaway from the compulsion of going back to his home town and look after the sugarcane farm, needs an excuse to stay back in Delhi where he is graduated from. Anyways, Shruti and Bittoo associate with a wedding consultancy and followed by a scuffle with the boss, the duo leaves and start their own wedding consultancy christened as 'Shaadi Mubaarak'. With their great effort and elegance the reputation of the consultancy reaches the zenith.
During the celebration of the success the couple goes intimate and crosses all the barriers where the problem is on track. Shruti then learns that she is in love with Bittoo, where as the latter is committed to their concord made prior to the launch of their venture. Their agreement is 'Never fall in love with the business partner'. Aggravated by Bittoo's ignorance of her love for him Shruti breaks up their business partnership. Thus, they part ways which leads to problems at both ends. All of a sudden an affluent person offers them the contract of his daughter's wedding and puts a condition to work jointly. The rest of the story should be watched on screen.
The final verdict is that Bollywood is adapted to the constraints of Hollywood especially in romantic situations. The smooching sequences are conspicuously given away. The exhilarating song 'Ainvayi Ainvayi' is beyond doubt a plus to the film. Anushka Sharma who performed alongside Shah Rukh Khan sometime ago needs no introduction and she performed in the role of Shruti with ease in the current film. Debutant Ranveer Singh as Bittoo gave an impression of a well experienced actor. Yet, the story of Band Baaja Barat needs trivial alteration with which it could have been totally wonderful.