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WHAT’S YOUR RAASHEE? MOVIE REVIEW
Review by : Harish V
Starring: Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra, Anjan Srivastava, Visshwa Badola.
Direction: Ashutosh Gowarikar
Music: Sohail Sen
Production: UTV Motion Pictures, Ashutosh Gowariker Productions
Yaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnn

Ashutosh Gowarikar, the ace director is back with a quickie “What's your Rashee?” with Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra. Ashutosh until now has tried his hand in several genres Action (Baazi), Sports/Drama (Lagaan), Social/Drama (Swades), Romance/Period (Jodha Akbar) and he has finally come to Romantic Comedy genre. Will this genius pull it off once again? Will Harman finally have the break? Will Priyanka enter our hearts as she had entered the Guinness for her portrayal of 12 different characters? With so many questions in my mind the lights in the theatre went off and when it came once again after 105 minutes there were huge cheers in the theatre not because it was a piece of art but Ashutosh finally had decided to give an interval for this epic of a movie.

There are few questions still lingering in our mind targeting the director after the end of the movie- 210 minutes for a romantic comedy!! Ashutosh, what were you thinking? Did the movie have an editor? Why is Harman in the lead role?
  What's Your Raashee?
Why is Harman in any role? Why cannot the movie be released in 1970 when it was supposed to release with all the 13 songs? If you are going for 13 songs why did not you sign Rahman as you used to?

The story is about a Yogesh Patel, an NRI. Due to his Rashee and the heavy loans incurred by his big brother he decides to succumb to his parent’s wishes of getting married in 10 days. By chance he reads a book called ‘What’s your Rashee?’ and decides to meet 12 different woman of different rashees in the next 6 days and gets to know them. Then he would decide the person he wants to marry and marry her on the 10th day. But it is not going to be easy when in those ten days his uncle's love affair comes to the fore. His family friend who is half astrologer half detective, a Don who is ready to chop of the fingers of the protagonist and his brother, complicate things further. Will he get the girl in those ten days and who he would get, forms the rest of the story.

Ashutosh had a good story which could have been an interesting watch if the screenplay was tight. There are several scenes sprinkled all over the movie which would bring a smile in our face. Almost all the characters are well defined. And it is quite interesting to see how each Rashee react to a situation but after a point you just start getting uncomfortable in those comfy seats in the theatre. It is like seeing a star batsman hitting a 50 in 300 balls and that too in a batsmen friendly pitch. At least if the climax is good enough the director could have been pardoned but the last few reels are the worst minutes in the whole enterprise.

Cinematography by Piyush Shah, is flawless. It works perfectly to the mood of the movie. Editor Ballu Salluja, hasn't done the job- he should have been ruthless for such a movie, Make up and dressing needs special mention as all the 12 characters of Priyanka are well defined and looked different from one another. Music by Sohail Sen is good to an extent but too much of anything will spoil the food but lyrics by Javed Akhtar needs a special mention as it was well penned. Choreography was efficient. Background score was mind numbingly bad.

Acting wise Priyanka Chopra needs an Oscar for doing this, only Kamal Hassan was successful in playing almost 10 roles on screen but Priyanka without the layers of make up does show the difference in character through her eyes and she has pulled it off tremendously well. Kudos Priyanka Chopra! Harman Baweja might look like Hrithik but he is not, he is one of the worst actors that Hindi film industry has seen since Nisha Kothari(Priyanka Kothari). He is likeable when he is not emoting but overall a major disappointment. Darshan Jariwala, Anjan Srivastava, Visshwa Badola, Pratik Dixit and almost the entire cast do not disappoint and do their work with complete understanding.

Overall this is not a bad movie, it has an interesting premise, amazing performance by Priyanka Chopra and a good musical score but the length of the movie kills it completely. The movie does convey a very important message 'Time is Money, don’t waste it'.

Verdict: A half century in 300 balls

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