What’s It All About
Never before have the sun and the moon played such an important role in romance. The movie is about a young Gujarati boy, Yogesh Patel (Harman Baweja) who, in his heart, has always wanted a love marriage till family circumstances force him to go for an arranged marriage, that too within 10 days. Finding the dream girl is tough enough, but finding one in a hurry is even tougher. His solution is simple; he will meet one girl from each raashee – sun sign, as he feels that this is the best way to make sure he finds a suitable wife, while also giving himself twelve chances to fall in love. The twelve girls from every raashee are played by Priyanka Chopra. Two meetings per day gives him six days to meet them, three days to make a final decision and he can get married on the tenth day, or so he thinks.
This tongue-in-cheek comedy comes with boring dialogues that fail to amuse the audience. The romance is nil as the character Yogesh keeps shifting from one girl to the other in no less than 15 minutes which, in some cases, invokes sympathy for the girl but gives nothing in terms of romance and relationship. One needs to gear-up to face thirteen songs in the film. Where some songs are groovy, the others are lacklustre. The movie is colourful and fashionable in Gujarati style. Priyanka, who has twelve transformations in the film, has been creatively shown in every character through different make-up, hairstyle, costume and accent.
Priyanka gives a good performance – she is excellent in carrying off most of the sun signs barring a couple which fall flat. Her dance is superb. But this movie definitely belongs to her, thanks to the subject as well as her acting and personality changes. Harman Baweja wastes one more opportunity. Anjan Srivastava (Yogesh’s father), Rajesh Vivek (Jyotshi-cum-detective) and Darshan Jariwala (Yogesh’s uncle) provide whatever comedy that the film offers. Dilip Joshi, Manju Singh, Bhairavi Vaidya, Geeta Tyagi, Shilpa Mahta, Pramod Moutho pass muster.
Visshwa Badola is convincing as nanaji.
Adapted from the Gujarati book, Kimball Ravenswood by Madhu Rye, it has earlier been made as TV serial Mr. Yogi (1989) by Ketan Mehta and the theatrical as A Suitable Bride, by Naushil Mehta who is credited with screenplay (with Ashutosh Gowariker) and dialogue of What’s Your Raashee?
The background score that changes with every story is good and well-suited for every character and raashee. The cinematography is good.
The hero’s 12 encounters with a suitor have to be narrated. As if as a formula, each girl and her parents’ background is divulged, meeting arranged and few questions and answers either follow a song or precede them. While the film is watch-able for a while, say, till interval, it becomes monotonous and tiring thereafter. Some sequences of the film are a waste and could have been deleted.
The detective angle, for example, is anything but entertaining and is a drag on the film.
After critically acclaimed films like Lagaan, Swades and Jodhaa Akbar, Ashutosh Gowariker gives a movie which falls under the genre of comedy/romance. The problem is, being what it is, is not really suitable for a film. An apt idea for a TV serial, it becomes marathon monotony as a film. Gujarati background/families are the flavour in vogue on TV, not in films yet.
What’s Your Raashee? has its length going against it to start with, and the fact that it is not the entertainer it was meant to be eventually.