07 May, 2021

Bachna Ae Haseeno

A fun watch because of three reasons—likable characters and relationships, interesting situations and the witty lingo

Bachna Ae Haseeno

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, Minnisha Lamba, Hiten Paintal
Directed by Siddhartha Anand

The best moment in Bachna Ae Haseenois when Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) diligently removes nail polish from Radhika aka Shreya’s (Bipasha) feet. She seems to have stepped straight out of Devil Wears Prada; he’s a former boyfriend begging forgiveness for ditching her. The humiliation, near-emasculation of the hero takes many other forms, unimaginable in mainstream Hindi cinema. No wonder this gender bending is quite a joy, more so since it comes without any overt feminist agenda.

There may not be much guessing required on how the story will pan out or how things will come together in the climax. The setting might be the same old too—Switzerland to Punjab via Italy. Add to it the innumerable references to previous Yashraj films. But Bachna is a fun watch because of three reasons—likable...

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