Raanjhanaa started to be a love story and eventually turned out to be a political boiler. The actors shone through the movie – however, the plot didn’t blend as seamlessly as expected. In all the political madness, will Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) realize Kundan’s (Dhanush) true love for her? What happens to Jasjeet (Abhay Deol)?
Warning: spoilers ahead!
The first half of Raanjhnaa portrays 10th grader Kundan as a love struck puppy who is head over heels in love with 9th grader Zoya but when her parents find out, they don’t approve of him because he is Hindu whereas she is Muslim. Hence, they send Zoya away to Aligarh.
After being separated for 8 years, Kundan who is still in love with Zoya, is eagerly awaiting her return at the railway station of Banaras only to discover that she doesn’t even remember him. Kundan re-establishes his friendship with Zoya only to realize that she is using him to get rid of marriage proposals and instead marry the love of her life Akram Zaidi (Abhay Deol) whom she met at Delhi while in college.
What follows is an emotional turmoil in which Kundan proclaims to help Zoya marry Akram, even though he’s still crazy about her. However on the day of Zoya and Akram’s wedding, there is a sudden twist in the story when Kundan finds out that Akram is really Jasjeet – a Hindu. Angry and crestfallen, Kundan spills the beans to Zoya’s family and the wedding is called off.
The second half of the movie is a complete shift from an emotional love story to a political drama. Zoya returns to Delhi and begins leading a political party called ‘All India Citizen Party’. Dhanush follows her there and the two of them are shown fighting against the police forces and other political parties over social issues.
Watch Raanjhnaa to find out if Kundan finally wins his love.
Sonam makes a very pretty Zoya and has given a good performance. Abhay Deol has a short but a strong role in the movie and he has done a good job portraying a political party leader. Newcomer Dhanush has done incredibly well and suits the role of Kundan perfectly. His bindaas acting and dhamakedaar dialogues bring a smile to the audience’s faces throughout the movie. Welcome to Bollywood, Dhanush! (3 Stars)