Raanjhanaa- Not the usual love story

Raanjhanaa- Not the usual love story

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Dhanush became a household name throughout India after the viral success of the single 'Why This Kolaveri' in 2011. Now, he has set foot in Bollywood and it's time for him to be noticed for his acting prowess.  Dhanush's entry into Bollywood did raise a few eyebrows as the team also included A.R. Rahman, Sonam Kapoor and director Anand L. Rai whose debut venture, Tanu Weds Manu was successful and well-received but Dhanush has proved once again that he is one brilliant actor.
Raanjhanaa revolves around Kundan (Dhanush), a South Indian brahmin boy who falls in love with a Muslim girl, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) and the events resulting from the initial adolescent romance. The film takes a dramatic shift post-intermission where it switches from romance to politics. 
Dhanush performed brilliantly, and the role was tailor-made for him. We have seen him in an almost similar role in the National-award winner, Aadukalam but his performance in Raanjhanaa is a highlight of his acting capabilities. From being mischievious to being depressed, he virtually nailed it. Apart from Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor also excelled in her role as Zoya. Nobody else could have pulled off the role with finesse apart from Sonam. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub pulled off the role of Murari with ease with Swara Bhaskar as Bindiya also scoring in the acting department. Abhay Deol shines in a short but significant role.
The beauty of Banaras was brilliantly framed by the two DoPs, Natarajan Subramanian and Vishal Sinha. The celebratory scenes during Holi and protest scenes were expertly canned. The pace of the film was well-maintained with Hemal Kothari's skills. The songs were well-placed and did not disrupt the flow. A.R. Rahman's compositions set the mood for the film. The songs which stood out was the title song, Tum Tak and Piya Milenge. The BGM was both outstanding and enchanting. 
Raanjhanaa is an emotional drama in which the lead cast pulled off a sterling performance. Apart from that, Anand L. Rai proved that he is ahead of other established directors although he has only two films to his credit. In a few days time, another Dhanush-Rahman combo is set to hit the screens. Hence, these two films will showcase Dhanush's capabilities as a complete actor.
Vinod Nair

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