Dec 12, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl is a 2011 Bollywood Hindi movie directed by Maneesh Sharma with Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh in lead roles. Read the Hindi film review at Calcutta Tube.
The charming con man
Ranveer – Anushka Jodi is back in theatres after Band Baaja Baarat in the latest instalment from the Chopra house- Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, and this fun filled paisa vasool movie is a must watch for Ranveer fans and also for a certain black bikini scene.
Ranveer is the con man with stunning abs, lots of sweet words and a factory of names. He preys on females ranging from the hapless damsels to the powerful tigresses of the society making a lot of money with his innovative schemes. After one particular heist three of his victims try to elicit revenge by hiring Anushka Sharma to con the con man.
The story- 3/5
A tad predictable but still has some real conviction to it. It seems that after months of lacklustre scripts (and a certain disastrous science fiction attempt) Bollywood is finally able to create proper story lines. For the first hour of the movie the innovative schemes will keep you hooked but the story gets a little predictable in the second half with reminiscences from a dozen other loves stories.
But don’t let the obvious happy ending prediction let you down, because Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl still has a lot of goodies and gags to keep you occupied.
The characters itself are believable and ladies beware, this suave “chor” will surely catch your attention with his moves and looks while boys Anushka makes up for the lack of stellar intellect with some steamy hot scenes.
The rest of the characters, especially Dimple (Parineeti Chopra) are believable and absolutely enjoyable.
The direction and technique – 2.5/5
It’s the Band Baaja Baaraat (BBB) team and director who have gathered together to make another enjoyable rom com and to most extents they have succeeded. What director Maneesh Sharma also reused apart from the cast and crew was Ranveer’s energetic image, only this time there is the obvious slickness that revamped Ranveer’s previous image from BBB.
The only flaw apart from the slightly predictable romance was his inability to recreate the fantastic screen chemistry of Ranveer and Anushka that had made his last venture such an endearing watch.
Also the pace of the movie is rather erratic and it slows down quite a bit in certain parts making it a tad boring. On the whole however half thumbs up!
The acting – 3.5/5
Ranveer is a find. He is brand new exploitable merchandise for our future viewing pleasure and for this flick he appears on screen to blast your senses away. This conman wants to win and he does so in style (with all of his packs blaring).
Ranveer doesn’t bore you as the protagonist and manages to exude the right amount of flair to make his character come alive on screen.
Anushka however pales in comparison to the dude when it comes to the screen presence department but she doesn’t fail in the oomph department. Still she will not leave as lasting an impression as she had left during her last venture with Ranveer.
But it isn’t only about the cool boy so “Ladies” don’t fret. Show’s not over until we mention the trio- Parineeti Chopra as Dimple Chaddha, Dipannita Sharma as Raina Parulekar and Aditi Sharma as Saira Rashid. These three occupy a fair share of the screen time and with mesmerising effects. They keep the gags rolling and make the movie much much more eventful.
The music – 2.5/5
The songs are mostly dance masti type party tracks that will get you feet tapping in no time but apart from that they are forgettable.
The background scores work and flow smoothly with the storytelling.
On the whole
Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl is a movie to enjoy and forget. There are no hidden meanings and so no use in searching for them but on the whole the movie is a nice watch.
So if you are in the mood for trying out something light with an amusing storyline and believable cool characters then this movie is for you.
If not then you can give this romantic con man a skip.
– By Arnab Chakraborty/IBNS