film biopsy: ladies vs. ricky bahl

Posted: December 10, 2011 in Film Biopsy

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Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl – for some reason, the film doesn’t quite stand out. After the promotions, the music videos, and the teaser trailers, one would expect a fantastic film. However, you will be disappointed if you walk into the theatre expecting the same chemistry as Band Baaja Baraat. 

     Ofcourse, it is almost the same team as Band Baaja Baraat, but this film definitely doesn’t have the same charm. Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl is about Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh), a conman who deceives unsuspecting, rich girls using his charm, his smile, his gentleman-like behaviour. Once his prey starts trusting him, he runs away with their money, never to be seen again. Dimple Chaddha (Parineeti Chopra), Raina Parulekar (Dipannita Sharma) and Aditi Sharma (Saira Rashid) play the naive targets of Ricky Bahl, who adopts various aliases to con them, and finally runs away with their money. Once the three “ladies” find out that they have been conned by the same man, they hire Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma) to get back at him. Ricky Bahl finally meets his match in Ishika who is also set to con him. 

     The film follows the classic plot of any other con story, with a few innovations here and there, and catchy one-liners. Otherwise, the story is quite predictable, and follows the hit formula of men with dashing hot bods, abs, long fluttering hair, cars, and women in bikinis. 

     In terms of acting, Ranveer Singh is quite believable in his conman character, but definitely could have done better. It is almost as if Bittoo Sharma jumped out from Band Baaja Baraat and found his way into this film. Anushka and Ranveer’s chemistry is not as sizzling as expected. In fact, it gets a little cold after the initial 15 minutes. Parineeti Chopra, however, manages to impress. Her character as a loud, self-obsessed Delhi girl comes across very naturally, and she portrays herself as a very real person. Dipannita Sharma and Aditi Sharma have stayed within their limits, neither of them trying too hard, or too little. 

     There are some parts in the film that will excite audiences and it is all thanks to the background score. The songs are also a plus point of the film; especially Thug Le, which is being hailed as the next Ainvayi Ainvayi. Overall, the film is a one-time watch. Don’t go in with too many expectations, because you might be disappointed. The girls might enjoy Ranveer Singh’s shirtless scenes, and the boys might spare a whistle for Anushka Sharma, but it is a weekend film. 

FILM-O-METER RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5

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