Anupama Chopra's review: Raanjhanaa

By HT

Direction: Aanand L Rai
Actors: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol
Rating: ***1/2

Let me begin with an honest confession. As I drove to the preview theatre to watch Raanjhanaa, I wondered how I would spend over two hours gazing at a hero as plain as Dhanush.

Until this film, I had only seen the National Award-winning actor in his blockbuster Kolaveri Di video. But my fears vanished almost as soon as the film started because in the first few minutes, Dhanush’s character Kundan jokingly acknowledges his lack of good looks.

And after the first 10 minutes, I was utterly bowled over by Dhanush’s energy and charm. He’s outstanding as the spirited, street-smart son of a pundit in Benares who is a little boy when he embarks on his epic love story.

The object of his passion is the local Muslim beauty, Zoya