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Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani Movie Review; Check Out:

Rich families, extravagant surroundings, family values, emotions, love, and heartbreak atop bright clothes and masterfully choreographed dance sequences… RARKPK (Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani) is a typical, though not ideal, masala film. The anticipation and enthusiasm around Karan Johar’s return to directing after seven years since Ae Dil Hai Mushkil are tangible. But everything falls apart when the film Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem takes too long to hook you in and eventually turns out to be a never-ending narrative of romance and sanctimonious lectures. Yes, it restores the grandeur of the Karan Johar movie that we have been missing for a long time, but it is not without problems.

What upset me the most while seeing RARKPK (Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani) was the stereotyped representation of Punjabis as loud and uncivil individuals and Bengalis as extremely educated and superbly clever lot. It’s really a bummer to watch Bollywood trapped in these tropes. No women in Punjabi households wear dupattas to cover their heads. And what’s with the film’s hero’s shameless objectification when the audience has long chastised Bollywood films for sexualizing their female characters?

Rocky Randhawa (Ranveer Singh) makes a stunning entrance in his low neckline printed shirt and oily chest, with an over-the-top song set against the backdrop of the Punjabi of the Year tournament. Rani Chatterjee (Alia Bhatt) has a far better-written introductory scene in which she educates a politician about escalating rape incidents. We are taught from the start about the two families, the Randhawas and the Chatterjees. The plot centres in Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem movie around Rocky and Rani, whose love story begins when they try to reunite their respective grandparents Kanwal (Dharmendra) and Jamini (Shabana Azmi), who had an affair in 1978 that terminated due to their married status.

While the old-world romance is resurrecting, Rocky and Rani face challenges due to their disparate backgrounds. To persuade their families, they decide to swap residences for three months and live with one other’s families, only to discover that things aren’t as simple as they appear. What follows is a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, hardships, insults, conflicts, self-discoveries, and regrets.

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem

The film Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem is overly long at 168 minutes, and it took me nearly an hour to find my grip. The first half, in particular, is so tedious that I struggled to sit through it while viewing the first few sequences. Who knows what was going on on the screen. Rocky and Rani met and fell in love. I’m still not sure. It was so hurried that I nearly went into rewind mode to see if I missed anything. Unfortunately, it is quite abrupt. How did Rocky’s grandmother, Dhanlakmi Randhawa (Jaya Bachchan), feel about her grandson meeting his ex-lover? We’ll never find out either.

The tale picks up pace in the second half of Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem, as expected, and there are enough emotionally intense sequences to keep you engaged. Rocky’s scenes with Rani’s family are poignant and full of wit and comedy, whereas Rani’s scenes with Randhawas are heated and not at all nice. I appreciated how KJo tried to strike a balance when alternating between the two houses. With his on-point and near-perfect direction, KJo once again demonstrates that he understands his actors’ strengths and how to maximize them through the characters they play. The way he balances emotions and humour remains the film’s backbone.

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Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani Story 

RARKPK(Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani), written by Ishita Moitra, Shashank Khaitan, and Sumit Roy, contains some really poor dialogue, as well as double-meaning terms and forced one-liners. We’ve had enough of Bollywood authors trying to make people laugh by mispronouncing phrases like inter-caste as intercourse and organize as orgasm; we need something smarter than this, please!

Another disconcerting aspect of the film is the seemingly unending preaching sessions. There’s no shortage of messaging, from criticizing patriarchy to calling out misogyny to thrusting feminism in our faces. There’s an entire segment that emphasizes the ‘talent transcends the borders of gender’ ideology, which I loved at first. However, it becomes troublesome when it is carried beyond its limits and when it is expressed in poor taste by mocking a traditional dance form such as Kathak. I doubt many people would applaud the scene in which Rocky tells Rani’s father, ‘Inko Madhuri chadh gayi hai’. Another scene has Rani’s mother taking Rocky ‘bra-shopping’ and then lecturing him on respecting women but first being comfortable enough to touch the bra. It appears and disappears.

Following that came a discussion about racism, in which Rocky had been advised by his grandmother his entire life to avoid drinking tea since it darkens the skin, whereas the Bengali home considered it terribly racist. In the same sentence, she mentions #BlackLivesMatter, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, and the Punjabi song Kaala Shah Kaala. Oh, wait, there’s more. Alia is a textbook on feminist discussions, and while I am all for gender equality and women’s rights, I don’t see why you would incorporate so many social messages and take away the essence of a so-called family entertainer. Instead of venturing into these realms and attempting to give out messages, RARKPK (Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani) should have stayed true to its roots as a love story and family drama.

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem

Some decent and convincing performances save the day, with very nothing to complain about. Ranveer Singh as the flamboyant and raucous Punjabi ‘Karol Bagh ka launda’ offers an easy performance, made all the more impressive by the fact that he is portraying himself. I’m not criticizing, but I didn’t see any acting or preparation. It didn’t feel any different watching him do all those crazy antics than when we’ve seen him walk the red carpet at events or go overboard during his film promotions.

why isn’t he educated despite his family’s wealth? There’s nothing wrong with not understanding English, but there was no reason for KJo to portray him as a high school or college dropout. Alia, on the other hand, as an educated and ambitious TV journalist, looks stunning in every frame and is a sight to behold in those wonderful Manish Malhotra chiffon sarees with backless blouses. 

She is equally talented in the acting department. Though there are a few situations where you can see the actors are overacting, they don’t irritate you too much. In the emotionally heated scenes, both Ranveer and Alia bring their A-game, convincing you that such squabbles can still occur in the most educated families.

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Jaya Bachchan and Dharmendra Vintage Look

Jaya Bachchan is the greatest of the bunch because she is the family’s rigid and conservative matriarch. Despite her oddities and severe demeanor, she manages to elicit real laughter at times. She is very different from her characters in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham or Kal Ho Na Ho, and KJo makes sure to give her ample screen time so that people can enjoy her. Dharmendra has a lovely screen presence, although he only gets two dialogues and one song that lifts the mood of the entire theater. Shabana Azmi brings the seriousness she’s known for with subtlety and doesn’t disappoint.

She has enough to show off, and her interactions with Dharmendra are charming. Churni Ganguly and Tota Roy Chowdhary, who play Rani’s parents, deliver excellent performances. Rocky’s parents, Aamir Bashir and Kshitee Jog, are believable and bring the Punjabi flavor to life with their accents and mannerisms. Anjali Anand, who plays Rocky’s sister, brings a breath of new air to all of these conventional characters. She appears confident and has a strong screen presence in scenarios that allow her acting abilities to shine.

The music in RARKPK (Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani)  is what stands out. Tum Kya Mile and Ve Kamleya are soulful music, whereas Jhumka and Dhindhora Baje Re are full-on party tracks. The film also pays homage to masterpieces like Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, and Lata Mangeshkar, and it is this devotion to the old world elegance of Bollywood music that I found most enjoyable. Oh, and Baba Sehgal’s renowned song, Aaja Meri Gaadi Mein Baith Jaa, is played several times. Watch the movie Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem to find out why it’s so important in the tale. KJo hasn’t forgotten about his nepo starkids.

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani Cast

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra, Churni Ganguly, Tota Roy Chowdhary, Aamir Bashir, Kshitee Jog