Band Baaja Baaraat: A Quick Review

Bitto Sharma (Ranveer Singh) and Shruti Kakkar (Anushka Sharma) graduate from university. Shruti has everything planned out- start her wedding planning business (Shaadi Mubarak), get married five years later, then have kids. Bitto has no plans… except trying to get out of working on his dad’s sugarcane farm. Due to circumstances, the two become business partners and complications ensue (naturally).

What I liked about this movie:


Everything! The bands. The horns. The revelry. It’s colorful and a real feast for the eyes. The different sizes and styles of weddings are fun to see and make the perfect backdrop for this coming-of-age type of romance to unfold.

Salim and Sulaiman you are (to borrow a phrase from Shruti) ‘too good!’ The soundtrack perfectly captures the tone of the film. I defy anyone not to get Dum Dum (or any of the others) stuck in their head.


Bitto and Shruti’s relationship. It feels more organic than some others I’ve seen portrayed on screen. Overall, it had a “When Harry Met Sally” feel.

How many times has a male protagonist admitted to another male character that the female protagonist made a man out of him? You might count that on one hand… maybe a finger.

The performances given by Anushka Sharma (her third role) and Ranveer Singh (his debut role) are to be commended. I think these two are my new Bollywood favorites and I look forward to seeing how far they go in their careers.


What I didn’t like about this movie:


Recommendation: Yay or Nay?

Yay! Clearly. This has quickly become not only one of my favorite foreign films, but overall favorites.

Yash Raj Films (YRF) is currently remaking BBB in southern India with actors Nani, and Vani Kapoor, director Gokul Krishna, and producer Aditya Chopra. The film is currently untitled. Production has finished for its first location, Chennai, and will continue in Hyderabad and Mysore. I really don’t know how it will stand in comparison to the original 2010 version. Here’s hoping it’s just as good (how could it be better?)!


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