Cast: Dhanush, Abhay Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Deepak Dobriyal, Kumud Mishra
Director: Anand L Rai
Plot: Ranjhanaa is the story of a Hindu Boy named Kundan (Dhanush), who stays in Varanasi and falls madly in love with Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), a Muslim girl.
Raanjhanaa is a celebration of the true love that rarely exists in today's age, the producer of the film producer Krishika Lulla said during a promotional event in Delhi. And going by the critics' reviews, it certainly is a celebration. Most critics have given thumbs up for the second venture of director Anand L Rai after Tanu Weds Manu.
The movie is a refreshing take on love and life. A story on unrequited love, Raanjhanaa succeeds in surprising the viewers with interesting twists. Raanjhanaa is a love story with a huge difference that benefits no end from a clutch of exceptional performances, says Saibal Chatterjee, film critic, NDTV. Saibal Chatterjee appreciates exceptional performances in the movie and finds the pace of the drama perfect.
Tushar Joshi writes for DNA, "Raanjhanaa works because of Dhanush's ability to make you believe in his love for Zoya. You might not agree with his approach, but deep down you cheer and root for him each time Zoya plants a slap on his face."
Writer Himanshu Sharma has also infused social issues and concerns in his plot - religion divide, anti-corruption and the like. This, however, does not quite work for the movie. "Raanjhanaa gets somewhat weighed down in the second half as it factors into its plot many of the recent people's protests (anti-corruption, Bhatta Parsaul, the Nirbhaya gang rape) that have rocked Delhi, writes Saibal Chatterjee.
Meena Iyer of TOI writes, "In the first half, it is an interesting, intense, introspective love story, where you empathise with the characters. In the second half, the love story gets diluted to make way for gobbledygook political ideology that is an irritant."
As for the actors, Dhanush has impressed the critics with his debut film. Tushar Joshi says, "Dhanush has neither the conventional good looks, nor the six-packs to cater to mainstream audience. And that strangely is his biggest asset."
Film critic Mayank Shekhar, however, does not like the Tamil star's performance, "His character is supposed to be gifted with great inter-personal skills. It doesn't quite show."
Most critics have appreciated Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol and Swara Bhaskar profusely. Reviewers also feel that Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub makes a strong on-screen presence in the film. Tushar Joshi especially roots for Swara while Saibal Chatterjee is not too impressed with Abhay's performance.