How many raashee's can you name??? Now can you also answer them by their Hindi names???
Hmmm… :D don’t know…??? Same here, I just know about Tula (Libra), which I fall into.
Here it is… Mesha (Aries), Vrishabha (Taurus), Mithuna (Gemini), Karka (Cancer), Simha (Leo), Kanya (Virgo), Tula (Libra), Vrushchika (Scorpio), Dhanu (Sagittarius), Makara (Capricorn), Kumbha (Aquarius) and Mina (Pisces).
Wanted and Dil Bole Hadippa brought smiles on the faces of Tradewalas and people are hoping things get fine from now on... This week saw the release of a romantic comedy "What's Your Raashee" starring Harman Baweja & Priyanka Chopra. This film is directed by somebody who is an actor, producer, writer and a super successful director Ashutosh Gowarikar. Ashutosh Gowarikar is the director of Academy Nominated Lagaan, Swades, Jodha Akbar, Baazi and Pehla Nasha. He is a voting member of Academy Awards. The film is jointly produced by Ronnie Screwvala (UTV Motion Pictures) & Ashutosh Gowarikar. Therefore, when you have a team of such highly acclaimed people behind a film, you expect it be something monumental. But, as Ashutosh Gowarikar said before that What’s Your Raashee? is a small film and you see a newcomer like Harman in the cast, you take it as a small film. But, as it is said, people who have made big can never make small again.
Expectations: Till Thursday night, I had a lot of expectations from the film, something really magnificent, but eventually after the film released and met some mixed reviews, the expectations were minimal. But, a film by Ashutosh Gowarikar, you still expect something plus you have a lady whose the first in the whole world to portray 12 characters in just 1 film!!!
Also, the real expectations were from the charming Harman Baweja. I really wait for the day when people will see his real potential and call him a great actor. I have said this for people like Abhishek Bachchan, Abhay Deol, Pritam in the recent past and would add Harman Baweja to the list.
Story/Screenplay: The story concept is something great which is adapted from a US based Gujju writer Madhu Rye’s novel “Kimball Ravenswood”. The novel has earlier been adapted into a 13 episode serial “Mr. Yogi” on DD National way back in 1989. Like I said before, Ashutosh Gowarikar has guts who thought of making this novel into a feature film. But, what happened to the writers when they were scripting the story??? No doubt the project of writing was always going to be a very big one, but four writers Naushil Mehta, Amit Mistry, Tapan A Bhatt and especially Ashutosh Gowarikar could have managed that. The film could have been a lot better if the script was good. Disappointing.
Acting: If the script disappoints, the acting impresses big time!!! I just loved everybody, right from the supporting casts to the main lead. Harman Baweja is damn good, I just loved him. People who avoided this film because it has Harman Baweja I would request them to give this film at least one chance. He will soon establish himself and I am sure about this. Another thing I would want is that from now on Harman should take some supporting roles or move to offbeat cinema and start afresh. Priyanka Chopra, the would be world record holder, wufff,,, this actress was literally struggling last year with soo many flops and now she has about 4/5 films in hand, best actress trophy and possibly another best actress next year too… She has reached another milestone with this film. Portraying 12 characters with such ease can only be done by an experienced actor, she did it. Career best performance for Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja. Superb
Music: Having my feats firm on the ground, I would like to say something about myself, off late I have started having some great music sense.
From the day when the music of What’s Your Raashee released, I was mesmerized into it, people used to ask me what’s so good in it, useless music, weakest for any Gowarikar film and now you see the same people have all the songs in their playlists. I would say the best music for any Gowarikar film soo far.
I love all the songs, the lyrics is plain and simple which adds value to it. Full marks to the new composer “Sohail Sen”who has done something really appreciable with the music and background score of the film. There was another composer who did something really good in his debut film “Saawariya”, but failed to meet the expectations there after. I wish Sohail Sen takes a different root and reach the top. I can bet on one thing, when the award season starts, Sohail Sen is sure to get something, atleast a RD Burman award at Filmfare. Brilliant
Direction: I thought about a lot of films on Raashee’s or for that matter Astrology; but, unfortunately I couldn't think of any. I must say Ashutosh Gowarikar has guts that he thought of something like this.
After directing films like Lagaan, Swades & Jodha Akbar, nobody takes a risk like Ashutosh Gowarikar took making a romantic comedy that too of a length which I don’t think any romantic comedy has ever been made. When the film was launched, I remember reading an interview where Gowarikar sir said that I am planning to make a small film this time which would be a light hearted entertainer; I was really confused what will be the fate of the film. Imagine the person who has made issue based films so successful in the recent past, turning out to an entertainer. But, kudos to the person who broke the jinx and thought out of box for doing such a wonderful project, I can’t comment for anybody else, but for anyone who wishes to be a filmmaker, it would be a lifetime opportunity to work with this person for whom a small light hearted entertainer means 3 & half hours of magic, 13 songs, 13 stories in one with huge sets. Amazing sirji. Nothing much to say, I think the weakest direction from the last four films he made but definitely good enough. Good
Overall: What’s Your Raashee is an entertaining film. It's a bit too lengthy, but sometimes you do like to have something which you can keep watching, What’s Your Raashee is a film which falls in that category. Watch it for its unique concept, acting, music, direction.
Overall Rating: ***1/2 (GOOD)
Story/ Screenplay: **
Box Office Estimate: I don’t think the film would flop considering the fact it has been released in just 450 screens and has made decent collections over the weekend and Monday is also a holiday. I think it should be an earner.
Recommended for families, friends and everybody who wants to be entertained but go with minimum expectations.