Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
Starring - Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Dippannita Sharma, Aditi Sharma
Director - Maneesh Sharma
Producer - Aditya Chopra
Banner - Yash Raj Films
Music - Salim - Sulaiman
Genre - Comedy, Romance
Rating - ** .
By Prerna G Seth / Kreative Access Media
Right from its inception, it was hammered into our heads umpteen number of times that YRF's `Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl' is about this suave and charming conman (Ranveer Singh) who thugs ladies for a living and how he meets his match, a con girl Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma). Now, what people want to see in the film is that can Anushka, Ranveer and Maneesh Sharma repeat the magic they created with `Band Baaja Baraat'? Will Ranveer's maddening charm work once again? Will Anushka swipe feet with another magical performance? And how different is the film for BBB?
I exactly had all these questions in mind when I went for the screening and here are the answers. Well, the story as well as Maneesh's execution and treatment of the plot is quite different from his debut film, and yes if you compare, you will call BBB as a classic and `Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl' lacks that punch. It has its own moments of entertainment and laughter which tend to fizzle out it the second half. Though there is a sense of curiosity in the end that wants to find out who get triumphant, is it the ladies or Ricky Bahl?
The ladies are a wonderful addition to the team with each having a different persona. There is Dimple Chaddha (Parineeti Chopra), a perfect portrayal of a spoilt north Indian brat who sneaks out of the house with her beau saying that she is going for a friend's sangeet and donning a body-con top and pants under her lehenga choli. Parineeti gets it just right with the accent and she has been given the best and the meatiest dialogues that are going to win her accolades. She is Ricky Bahl's first target.
Next, is Saira Rashid (Aditi Sharma), a Lucknow based young widow, who sees innocence in all eyes. She is soft and emotional. Her Hindi with a hint of Urdu makes her different from all and Aditi does fit the bill perfectly. Ricky Bahl's third target is Raina Parulekar (Dipannita Sharma), a composed, sophisticated high society working girl from Mumbai. Dippannita has poise and adds charm to Raina, she later playing the master mind in conning Ricky Bahl. The camaraderie between these ladies is something to watch out for.
The trio comes together and plots a smart sales girl, yes a sales girl, Ishika Desai against the Bloody Kameena, as they call a con-man with many names. Anushka plays this salesgirl who will sell anything to you which may not even be of use and this quality is what makes Raina believe that she can con their target. Anushka is decent but this time Maneesh seemed like presenting a different side to both Anushka and Ranveer. The first half where Ranveer cons the ladies is interesting and a good watch but the pace drops in the second half. Ranveer's chiseled 6-pack oil clad abs, while Anushka's skiny frame in the two pieces is what was the highlight of the second half. Ranveer-Anushka chemistry was better in their first film together. The climax also could have been more striking but the film ends on a predictable note.
Salim Sulaiman's music is peppy and will stay. The background score especially Ricky's introduction music adds value to the film. What's worth mentioning is the actors' styling. The cinematography deserves thumbs up too. Overall, the film is a decent watch with hints of laughter, romance and entertainment.