Monday, September 3, 2012

Ladies vs. Ricky Behl: Unfair review

The official banner for LVRB
Ladies vs. Ricky Behl was as good as Band Baaja Baarat. Why then would majority of reviewers diss this film as a dud. Yes, the chemistry between Anushka and Ranvir was not as obvious as it was in BBB. But then, the thing about LVRB is that most of the actors get a LOT of footage (it can be argued that there just wasn't enough time for the chemistry to grow as it did in BBB). So while Ranveer is the clear 'hero' of the film, there is no real heroine. The other three ladies--Parineeti Chopra (very nice), Dipannita Sharma (nicely done), and Aditi Sharma (good) have tremendous screen time and all three have made the most of it.

So why is it that most reviews were negative or just meh? I believe it the Bollywood Brats & Parents Lobby. This consists of some talented and some not talented star kids and their over protective/ambitious star parents putting (pleasurable) pressure on these bikau critics and buying bad reviews for somebody like Ranveer Singh because he is just too much of a threat. The guy says he wanted to be a star since he was a kid and I believe him -- he has it all decent looks, a great body, and above all -- tremendous acting talent. He is a Bombay dude who plays a Delhi guy so convincingly that he had a hard time convincing people that he was born and lives in Mumbai. The poor guy does not seem to have a film release in 2012 but he has three coming up in 2013. No matter how much pressure this BPPL lobby puts on him, I'm pretty sure he is going to bounce right back.

A few words about the ladies then --
Anushka Sharma
Anushka has a good future for her but she needs to step out of the sort of similar roles that she seems to be picking up -- her role as Shruti Kakkar in BBB was a more aggressive and city-bred version of Tani Sahni she played in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. The role in LVRB was somewhere in between. But the girl has got scope. She also needs to take care of her weight. She is not yet anorexic but is just about a kilo or so from it -- she looked the best in RNBDJ -- she had a butt to envy then.
Parineeti Chopra
Parineeti Chopra has the potential to become a force to reckon with in Bollywood. However, this Ambala lass too needs to get out of doing only one kind of roles fast. LVRB's Dolly could have wandered into Ishaqzaade and nobody would have noticed. She is going to be starring next in Maneesh Sharma's next (director of BBB, LVRB). Let's hope he shows us another great side of her.

Dipannita Sharma -- I'm not sure she will pursue roles eagerly (she is married to an industrialist) but she does have scope. I can say the same about Aditi Sharma (I have liked her in most of her ads).
Dipannita Sharma
Aditi Sharma

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