Band Baaja Baarat is truly a celebration of Indian marriages...

A Yash Raj film that centres on weddings can be a scary proposition. Surprisingly, Band Baaja Baaraat (BBB) — while retaining all basic Yash Raj ingredients — springs a surprise. There is certain freshness in the drama which makes it stand out among not just recent YRF productions, but other recent films too.

A wedding is a time for fun, enjoyment and celebration. Indian weddings, especially, Delhi Weddings in particular are very lavish affairs. Band Baaja Baaraat gives you a peek into what goes on at these weddings.

Shruti (Anushka Sharma), a final year student in college works part time as a wedding planner. She is an ambitious, proactive girl, full of zest but also with a short fuse. Her goal is to become the best wedding planner in India. She has a name ready for her business, 'Shaadi Mubarak' and sets a deadline of 5 years to achieve everything before settling down. Bitoo (Ranveer Singh), on the other hand is the exact opposite. While Shruti knows what she wants, Bitoo is lazy, unmotivated, lacks ambition and does not know what he wants out of life. He spends most of his time with his friends, gate crashing weddings for the food. As expected, Shruti runs into Bittoo. Despite their contrasting personalities, Bitoo falls for Shruti and they soon become friends. Luckily for Bittoo, he somehow manages to convince Shruti and becomes a partner with her in the 'wedding planning business'. Shruti however, sets the rules. Profit will be 50-50 and never mix business with pleasure. Together, they provide personalised and honest wedding services. Business blossoms and so does their relationship.

One thing leads to another and Shruti forgets the rules. She starts liking Bittoo and this, instead of being a good thing, unfortunately creates a rift between them and thus begins their individual journey that forms the rest of the story.

The script is fresh and debutant director Maneesh Sharma does full justice to it. The movie is well written and the director has handled the subject really well. He has executed the light moments as well as subtle emotions amazingly well. Dialogues and screenplay by Habib Faisal, are first rate. The film's look is also striking. Bittoo and Shruti's styling is up to the mark. Aseem Mishra's cinematography is excellent. You feel that you have entered the by-lanes of Delhi and are leading the lives of the people concerned. Music composers Salim-Sulaiman have done a good job as well. The songs are perfectly timed and in keeping with the mood of the film.

Anushka Sharma is a treat to watch. She has come a long way since her first movie. She can cry and laugh at the same time and deliver lines like a total Pro. Ranveer Singh is very natural and his sincerity can be seen in his convincing performance. He brings spontaneity to his character. The rest of the supporting cast has done a good job too. On the whole, Band Baaja Baaraat is a refreshing film, very different from the usual romantic comedies which we are used to. It is a well-made film that should connect with the cinemagoer. Definitely go and see this film. You won't regret it.

Don't miss this vibrant spectacle that celebrates the great Indian wedding.


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