WBRi Movie Review: Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (2011): A Conman’s Tale In A Stylized Bollywood Film Package

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Calcutta, Dec 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Exactly a year ago, a film titled ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ directed by first-timer Maneesh Sharma hit the theaters. The movie featured a two-film old Anushka Sharma cast opposite a raw newcomer, Ranveer Singh. The release of the movie was not preceded by a promotional blitzkrieg (as is the general norm!) and all one knew about the film was that it had the solid backing of Yash Raj Films.

The movie, however, surpassed all expectations and became the sleeper hit of the year, helping Ranveer win several ‘Best Newcomer’ awards in the process. The entire team of ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ is back again with the latest offering from the Yash Raj stable, ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’. How does the new movie stack up against the lofty standards set by its predecessor? Fairly well, one must say.

Trailer: Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (Hindi, 2011)

‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ relates the escapades of the master conman ‘Ricky Bahl’ (as you might have guessed from the title of the film itself!). His mission in life is to worm his way to the hearts (and ultimately, the wallets!) of all well-off young ladies that he comes across. No member of the fairer sex can stave off the charm, style and panache of this young wooer (who proudly raps ‘dhokha kha gayi India ki har bandi’). Be it Dimple Chaddha, the young college student from Delhi, Raina Parulekar, the smart businesswoman, or Saira Rashid, the attractive young widow from Lucknow, Ricky Bahl swindles the living daylights out of them all.

Just when everything seems to be going smoothly for the con artist, he comes up against Ishika Desai, an up-and-coming, ambitious sales girl. Ishika is way too smart to fall for the smooth ways of Ricky as easily as some of the latter’s earlier preys. Fate also brings Dimple, Raina and Saira in contact with each other, and, together with Ishika, they vow vengeance on Ricky – the man who had mercilessly played with their heart- (and, purse) – strings. It would be a shame to declare the results of this fascinating contest in this review, simply because it would be an even bigger shame not to catch the Ricky Vs Ishika & the girls' winner-takes-all fight in the theatres.

The movie, much like ‘Band Baaja Baarat’, revolves around strong and sincere performances by all members of the cast. Anushka Sharma, perfectly cast as the ambitious, bubbly, corporate salesperson with a devil-may-care attitude, breathes life into her character. Once again, the lady proves that she can hold her own against any leading man in Bollywood. Her onscreen chemistry with Ranveer is electric and the duo has every potential to become the most happening ‘jodi’ in B-town.

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Dippannita Sharma, back on the big screen after a brief hiatus, packs in a powerful performance as the successful businesswoman, Raina. The actress is one of the finest character artists in the Hindi movie industry and her portrayal of an ambitious, loving, heartbroken and ultimately, revenge-seeking lady is indeed praiseworthy. Parineeti Chopra, as the young, starry-eyed college girl, who comes to the city to lose weight but only manages to lose a considerable amount of cash, is entirely believable too. The weakest link as far as the acting department is concerned is Aditi Sharma, whose emoting skills leave a lot to be desired. Hers is the only character that the audience cannot relate too.

‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ is a visually stunning movie, thanks to the nifty camerawork by Aseem Mishra. The film is helped along by its smart dialog, penned by Habib Faisal, and the confrontations between Ricky and Ishika are truly enjoyable. The movie could have done with a tighter screenplay though, with the second half tending to drag at times. The performances of the lead characters, however, keep the audience hooked.

Salim-Sulaiman deliver a fun musical album with ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’. While ‘Aadat Se Majboor’ is already a national rage, ‘Thug le’ and ‘Jazba’ are also tracks worth listening to. Most importantly, the songs go with the flow of the narrative of the film – something that is so very essential for any well-made movie. The rapping skills of the leading man in ‘Aadat Se Majboor’ are pretty cool too.

Finally, ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ is Ranveer Singh’s movie through and through and boy, does he deliver a grand performance or what! He poses as Sunny Singh, Deven Shah and Iqbal Khan to con three different ladies and carries off the varied roles and disguises with nonchalant ease. Ranveer shone with his screen presence in his debut film itself and his acting abilities show considerable growth this time around. He can shake a leg too and his scenes with Anushka add the much-desired magic to the film. The manner in which the audience (and mostly girls, at that!) rooted for Ricky Bahl as he shamelessly conned ladies onscreen bore evidence to a mighty fine performance from this young actor. Way to go, Ranveer!

‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ is a fun, entertaining movie that, thankfully, never tries to get preachy. If only the editing had been better in the second half, it would have been an even better film. With fine performances, a well-sketched storyline, hummable tunes and expert direction, ‘Ricky Bahl’ is set to win a lot of hearts off-screen too. After all, he is ‘aadat se majboor’ to do so!

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