Anjaana Anjaani, directed by Siddharth Raj Anand, and produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Productions, has so much potential to be one of the best love stories, and go down in history along with the all the legendary love stories ranging from Jab We Met to Love Aaj Kal. Anjaana aims and shoots the arrow in the right direction, but the arrow somehow misses its target when the movie ends. All this is due to the lack-lustre ultimate 30 mins of the movie. However, that would not allow me write it off as the movie has a lot to its merits, and topping it all are phenomenal performances by the lead pair - Ranbir and Priyanka who deliver one of their career best in not-so-author-backed roles. I tell you, both of them are destined for greatness.
Anjaana Anjaani works on many moments. The movie does not have an author-backed innovative storyline or something thats very out of the box to offer but theres something about it that keeps you glued to the screen. I really respect this one for making a brave attempt to deliver a feature film for a little more than 2 hours, in which there are only 2 characters from the first to the last frame and they still manage to keep your interest alive. Despite lacking in innovation, Anjaana captures your brainspace on more than one instance. The very first scene at the bridge, the Atlantic Ocean swimming sequence, the fake story sequence in club before the title song, Priyanka chopping her hair off in frustration, Ranbir walking off a party when he sees Priyanka dancing and enjoying without him showing his jealous love, the disco dancer sequence, Priyanka hugging Ranbir from behind as he is leaving, The Vegas hotel room sequence - Pure masterpiece moments!!
Director Siddharth Anand tries to go on a path that very less filmmakers dare to and I would not say that he succeeds entirely. The movie falls apart in the last 30 minutes when it not only falls prey to cliches, but also tends to drag the cliche and the audience can only get pissed off. It is very difficult to have a good response to the movie for a general moviegoer if the ending was a spoil. Direction falters and you feel irritated towards the end. On the contrary, the first 2/3 part of the movie everything is in place. Anand takes a major step as a director but I would still rate Salaam Namaste as his best work for some reason, or maybe even Bachna Ae Haseeno. Cinematography is superb, as a usual norm in all latest movies. Few shots on the bridge in NY, SF, The vegas hotel room shots and many more are worth mentioning.
Two aspects which need special mention are Music and Editing. Outstanding work. Salutations and heartfelt respect to Vishal-Shekhar for coming up with yet another exceptional album with all songs fairly above average. Editing of Anjaana is functional and adds a lot of flavor to the movie. Dialogues are funny, but totally matching the sensibilities of an Indo-american audience. Screenplay looses its fizz towards the end. Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are the best achievers. Both of them deliver a performance that goes beyond excellence. Full points to them for that. All other characters in the movie are fairly irrelevant. Zayed Khan does a bad job even in few scenes. Other side actors are not even worth mentioning but they do not affect the movie in total as they are merely there for a scene or two.
All in all, Anjaana Anjaani is definitely not as bad as people might tell you it is. If you have a flavor for soft romantic comedies and you can feel from your heart, you should definitely go for it.
Rating - 3/5