I went to watch LADIES vs RICKY BAHL because it had so much of BAND BAAJA BARAAT about it: the same production house (Yash Raj films), the same lead artistes (Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma), the same director (Maneesh Sharma), the same music directors (Salim Suleiman), the same lyric writer (Amitabh Bhattacharyya) and the same dialogue writer (Habib Faisal). And since BAND BAAJA BARAAT was such an energy laden and paisa vasool product thanks to this combo offering (the trend in most fast food joints today), I was sure that despite LADIES vs RICKY BAHL being a movie about conning and getting conned, the audience would not be conned.
The best part of the movie is the first half hour; it moves at a very brisk pace and despite shades of unrealism and sketchy attention to detailing in the conning mechanism, the episodes involving the debutante Parineeti Chopra (a cousin of Priyanka Chopra) are outstanding for the tongue in cheek humour, the dialogues and the loveable characterization of Parineeti who despite being conned by Ranveer is still besotted by him. Both Parineeti and Ranveer display such spontaneity that one overlooks the flaws; but after that, the pace begins to slow down and it largely relies on Habib Faisal’s interventions to sustain interest. And there are a few gems! The one which I liked best is where the corporate exec claims that she is from IIT and IIM and promptly goes about getting conned in a manner which does not speak well about “protection against conning” training in these institutions of repute!
Anushka Sharma has created for herself a unique position as a spontaneous and vivacious gutsy girl and it appears as though roles are written for her to capitalize on this positioning; in this movie her charm gets extended to her shots in a bikini! Ranveer, too has ample amount of skin exposure in this movie; but this actually distracts from his role of a conman. In a few scenes, I even felt that he was doing a modeling assignment, although, thankfully, the script requires him to get into the conman role quickly enough for his acting prowess to be displayed. And the pair of Ranveer and Anushka seems to click so effortlessly that perhaps this pair is the most “Made for each other” pair in Bollywood today.
Unlike in BAND BAAJA BARAAT, the songs here seem to intrude; to add to the woes, there is no number or choreographic act to even remotely match the effervescence of the Ainvayi number of that movie. As a result of all this, this combo offering is excellent in the beginning, but after that there are only infrequent passages of interest. If you are aware of this, you will not get a feeling of having been conned!
RATING: 2.5 out of 5

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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