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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Why this Kolaveri Dhanush?

Serena Menon, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 21, 2013
First Published: 14:49 IST(21/6/2013) | Last Updated: 16:00 IST(21/6/2013)

Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

Director
Aanand L Rai (Last directed Tanu Weds Manu in 2011)
The romantic-comedy starring Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan was a success. The film’s soundtrack is still remembered for producing the hit track, Sadi gali, among others.

Music
AR Rahman
The maestro said he has given the music a Benares feel, in keeping with the tonality of the film. The first two tracks that have released, Raanjhanaa and Tum tak — have gained a lot of popularity.

Controversies/stunts
When Rajinikanth’s son-in-law makes his Bollywood debut, controversies have to worry about the film, not the other way around.

Marketing/hype
With Tamil cinema’s superstar, Dhanush, making his Hindi film debut in this movie, the makers have already got the attention of a huge market down south. Though Abhay Deol has been missing from all the promotional activities, Sonam and Dhanush have been marketing the film across the country.

Our assessment
After Tanu Weds Manu turned out to be a surprise hit, fans of the director are looking forward to his next. Dhanush’s, tapori avatar, has already got people questioning whether he truly dubbed for this film, and since he apparently has, this means he’s only done a decent job. Though this film has one big challenge before it all — Mumbai’s unpredictable monsoon.

For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow in the Watch & Listen page of  Hindustan Times

Film: Raanjhanaa
Cast: Sonam Kapoor (last seen in Players; 2012), Dhanush (Bollywood debut) and Abhay Deol (last seen in Chakravyuh; 2012)
Storyline: Kundan has been madly in love with Zoya ever since he first saw her as a child. He follows her around smitten, falling off bicycles, jumping into rickshaws, getting slapped and tossed around by Zoya, who enjoys the attention and gets away with a smile and some occasional anger. Then, enter young budding politician Abhay Deol. He impresses Zoya with his ‘revolutionary’ ways and thus adds the required twist to this quintessential love triangle.

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