Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (2011) Hindi Film Review - Who will win?

Director Maneesh Sharma is back again with the hit pair Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh of ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ with another fun-filled film under the Yash Chopra banner, ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl.’ Just as the name suggests, it is a story of one boy and a few women, but not in a love triangle, rectangle or anything else, but simple fun and enjoyment.

Indian Actress Anushka Sharma

Interestingly, Uday ‘Ali’ Chopra  has penned the story. Excuse me? What story? The film looked to be inspired by Hollywood film ‘John Tucker Must Die.’ So, no credits to Uday Chopra for the story as such, rather kudos to him and the Masoom guy Jugal Hansraj (screenplay) for carving out a totally Indian Masala film with its stereotypical twists and turns form a Hollywood flick.

The storyline even has some similarities with Ranbeer Kapoor starrer ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ but there are some major differences too.

Ricky (Ranveer Singh), the hero of the film is not a good looking guy but is a fine actor. May be 2/3 years down the line he might be on the top of the charts. He is paired opposite four beautiful ladies and no he does not only pose to be in love with them, he cheats or robs them of money. To put it simply, he is a fraud, a conman.

Ricky becomes Sunny for Dimpy (Parineeti Chopra), Dev for Raina (Dipannita Sharma) and Iqbal for Saira (Aditi Sharma). The three ladies fall for his charm, sensitiveness and modesty and falls victim to his tricks.  The three girls gang up to teach him a lesson and Ishika (Anushka Sharma) steps in. Ishika is smart girl who is hired by the three ladies to teach Sunny, Dev & Iqbal a.k.a. Ricky a lesson. Even though Ishika traps the conman, ‘yeh kambaqt ishq beech mein aa hee jata hai.’ The girls falls for the boy and the inevitable ‘love’ happens between the two. And this is when the so long smooth journey of the film slips. Wonder why this love thing turns a film so boring; is it such a common thing?

The story is predictable and we know that the hero is a bad guy; even then the script is very crisp and is handled very maturely.

Maneesh Sharma is a smart director and he knows the pulse of his audience, so quite naturally the story is speedy and there isn’t any exaggeration of any scene or incident. Like I wrote earlier, Ranveer Singh is a good actor and he once again re creates his on screen chemistry with his Band Baaja Baraat co star Anushka Sharma. (Another good pair to look forward to) Anushka Sharma is smart and confident and gave enough proof of these traits in her first film Badmaash Company. Her performance in another Yash Chopra block buster ‘rab ne bana di jodi’ was appreciated by everyone, especially the ‘dance pe chance’ scene where she proved that she was a great dancer too. ‘Jazba’ is one such foot tapping number in this film that Anushka sails through easily.

A Hindi Film Song music video from LVRB

Parineeti Chopra plays her role of a talkative Punjabi girl perfectly. Aditi Sharma is good and Dipannita Sharma is just too good, smart and confident (is Abhishek Bachchan listening?) 

Music is by Salim-Sulaiman and the songs are pleasant and cheerful. Overall it is an entertaining film if you don’t expect too much of serious stuffs from such a simple and common story.

Jpg Image: Ranveer Singh & Anushka Sharma

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