Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl

9 Dec

With a song to start off proceedings and two more to introduce the main characters, ‘Ladies vs. Ricky Behl‘ looked the part of a typical Yash Raj production. As expected, like everything else they’ve delivered this year, there was a predictable Hindi film twist to spoil what was a promising premise.

Ricky Behl (Ranveer Singh) is a professional conman who targets women thanks to his good looks and charming personality. After conning 29 women including Saira Rashid (Aditi Sharma) as clothes material dealer Iqbal Khan and Dimple Chaddha (Parineeta Chopra) as gym instructor Sunny Singh, he manages to con dominating Raina Parulekar (Dipannita Sharma) and her company by pretending to be Art exhibitor Dev.

With the media spotlight on her regarding the scam, Raina unites with Saira and Dimple to bring down that ‘Bloody Kamina’ aka Ricky Behl. They hire saleslady Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma) in the hopes of conning the conman. The rest is well….a typical Hindi film.

Ranveer Singh as Ricky Behl

From the director who surprised us with Band Baaja Baaraat, Maneesh Sharma had high expectations resting on his shoulders. What began on a positive note (sans the song and dance routine) with loads of room for some fun and suspense, it fell right into the ‘everyone lived happily ever after’ love story category that really didn’t make sense in the big picture.

Ranveer as Ricky with Anushka as Ishika

Cinematography and camera work was uninspiring but effective while the music by SalimSuleiman was mediocre to say the least. Some of the wardrobe choices were odd and rather distracting especially with excess amount of skin show from the lead pair. Editing as usual could have been better to improve the pace of the film and reduce its runtime. Seriously get rid of those songs…

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Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh don’t bring anything new to the table apart from what we’ve already seen in Band Baaja Baaraat. The chemistry they share felt rushed and therefore lacked the intensity needed to get the viewers involved. Ranveer had the perfect opportunity to shine as the films protagonist but his character variations were as awkward as his facial disguises.

Ranveer as Sunny with Parineeta Chopra as Dimple

Parineeta Chopra as Dimple was brilliant. Her facial expressions, comic timing and body language brought some fresh energy into a ‘done to death’ Punjabi supporting role. She is one actor to watch out for.

Ranveer as Dev with Dipannita Sharma as Raina

Dipannita Sharma as Raina was so-so as the corporate executive lost in the human rat race. Her character expected her to deliver a strong demanding performance but she felt out of place and rather rigid in her act.

Aditi Sharma as Saira was a typecast Muslim supporting role with the usual dosage of formality and awkwardness that conveniently diminishes away along with the clothes as the movie progresses. Aditi chose to remain confined within the boundaries of her character and ended up playing a forgettable role.

Ranveer as Iqbal and Aditi Sharma as Saira

With a story (written by Aditya Chopra) that lacked the depth of a fully fledged Hindi film, the screenplay by Devika Bhagat also falls short of doing what was needed to make the film stand out. In the end, you can expect a few laughs, lots of colours and a happy ending. Just make sure you enter the theatre with low expectations.

The Ladies: Trying to con the conman

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