A chorus of movie critics across the world has slammed Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma).
Here’s a sample of the critical reviews:
To be honest, even if you are willing to buy into that bizarre premise – that Taani fails to recognize her own husband because he’s shaved his moustache, lost the spectacles and picked a funky hairstyle -Â Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is still an exhausting watch because it’s such a predictable story, because it recycles the same old clichÃ©s, and because the characters are so poorly developed.
With no story worth speaking of save a newly married uxorious husband Surinder Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) making a monkey of himself to get his young wife Taani (Anushka Sharma) to love him, an inept screenplay that makes junk likeÂ Yuvvraaj and Drona look glorious, mediocre actingÂ by Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma that make the grotesque Tamil film stars seem great and soporific dialogs that have less life in them than Manmohan Singhâ€™s speeches, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi heaps more shame on Bollywood and fresh infamy on the fading Yash Raj Films banner.
If you donâ€™t have DDLJ on your mind, you wonâ€™t mind Rab Ne. But the fact remains, itâ€™s little more than an ordinary film with extraordinary intentions.
In a nutshell, RAB NE BANA DI JODI is no DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE. It’s not MOHABBATEIN either. At best, it’s an average fare that may generate some curiosity initially, that’s it. You expect much, much more, butâ€¦ alas!
…Director Aditya Chopra is letdown by his own writing. The story is not convincing, the screenplay is not water-tight and therefore, RAB NE BANA DI JODI does not create the impact it ought to make. Also, the film is quite lengthy.
The premise of Rab Ne is illogical but even if you are willing to overlook the fact that Tani fails to recognise her own husband because he loses his moustache and gels his hair, the film is a frustrating experience.
Sporadic scenes play out nicely and Shah Rukh Khan works every acting muscle to bring conviction to this story but the overwhelming emotional inconsistency fractures the film.
As events unfold, you are constantly asking: why is this happening. Eventually then, Rab Ne is a disappointment.