Films | Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl – Movie Review

Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on December 9, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Yashraj Films
DIRECTOR – Maneesh Sharma
WRITER – Habib Faisal
CAST – Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Sharma
MUSIC – Salim-Sulaiman

In ‘Band Baajaa Baaraat’ they were a middle-class, rough-at-the-edges, regular couple. And they endeared themselves to us with the refreshing honesty they invested in their characters. With ‘Ladies vs Ricky Bahl’ they go the other extreme and pull out all stops to amaze us with gloss, glamour and sassy shrewdness.

So in this rom-com you will find leading lady Anushka Sharma sizzling in a black bikini and leading man Ranveer Singh showing off his well-toned abs to perfection. The story goes somewhat like this. Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) is a veteran conman whose central occupation is to woo rich ladies and con them for money. Thus enter in his life, among others, Dimple Chaddha (Parineeti Chopra), Raina Parulekar (Dipannita Sharma) and Saira Rashid (Aditi Sharma). He is a gym instructor to one, an art dealer to one and to another he is a guy-next door until he meets his equal in Ishika Desai (Anushka Chopra). A cat-n-mouse game of one-up-manship in con world ensues as the audience waits to know how the rest will unfold to a pretty much predictable end.

It does in a pretty upbeat and racy style. It isn’t a breathless film for sure but it is energetic and does not take itself too seriously which works for the candour its main leads bring to the film. Ranveer and Anushka, solid performers, yet again sweep their characters with an assured confidence and strike the right note with their chemistry. It is of course inadvisable to go looking for what they delivered in their previous outing because it is a completely different world here, but do they own their characters? Yes, they do.

And they are supported well by the secondary cast. Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Sharma and Dipannita Sharma may not stand out but perform with strict conviction which suffices to sell us the film. Crisp dialogues and a rather quick screenplay brings a necessary verve to the film accounting for several delectable moments in the film.

The film is packaged as a shiny entertainer in the tradition of YRF. So good looking people, good looking places and clothes are everywhere. Director Maneesh Sharma uses his cinematographer and stylists very well to tell his story that largely depends on the deception of appearances.

It is a smart flick riding largely on the popularity and chemistry of the lead pair. Helped with usual baubles of a glossy rom-com, they show off their skills yet again, largely helping the film become the enjoyable experience it is, entertaining within its own confines.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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