Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Bollywood With English Subtitles
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Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, as the title suggests, is primarily a tussle between a charismatic con man Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) and three lovely ladies- Dimple (Parineeti), Raina (Dipannita) and Saira (Aditi). The war begins when Ricky (in disguise of fictitious names) cheats on the ladies by disappearring with their money. Raina being the smartest of all, along with Dimple and Saira, plans to take revenge from Ricky, with a help of small-time sales-woman who works in a mall- Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma). They are on the verge of winning the battle, when Ishika falls in love with Ricky, who too claims to be all hers. Now, will Ishika remain loyal to the ladies and con Ricky or will she get carried away in love is what follows next in the story.
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Yash Raj films have always been the best. Am always happy to see one of them; a cut way above the rest in my view.
whether as the beach king "Vikram Thappar" or the shy "Iqbal Khan" or fitness trainer "Sunny Singh" or art dealer "Deven Shah," Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) has a knack for breathing life into his sham personas, to the tune of 31 tricked girls. If only he didn't have that telltale ring tone as a fatal flaw. It's how three of his victims manage to track him down. These three - the corporate raider Raina (Dipannita Sharma), demure young widow Saira (Aditi Sharma), and spoiled college girl Dimple (Parineeti Chopra) - embark on a turn-the-tables con. To pull it off, they contract the services of the free-spirited Ishika Desai (Anushka Sharma), a glib department store salesgirl who can talk water into running up. The girls instruct Ishika to go to Goa and pose as the daughter of a motel mogul. See how that went full circle?
Some good things to say about LADIES VS. RICKY BAHL, but also some botheration. First, the carrot (then the stick). Two standout performances grace this romantic comedy. Anushka Sharma as our main protagonist is effortless in her appeal. This may be the most vivacious and lively she's ever been onscreen. And, when appropriate, she tones it down to exhibit this wistful vulnerability. More than her co-lead - and I'll talk about Ranveer soon - she carries this picture. The unexpected gem is Parineeti Chopra who draws big laughs as the bratty but very likable Dimple. I like how Parineeti seems so natural, as if she weren't saying scripted dialogue. The other two actresses (Dipannita Sharma, Aditi Sharma) are fine as well, but, let's face it, their roles don't call for them to be as audacious.
LADIES VS. RICKY BAHL reunites Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh, and I guess they're okay together, but my opinion is that their chemistry isn't as palpable as it was in Band Baaja Baaraat (New Comedy Hindi Film / Bollywood Movie / Indian Cinema DVD). Probably my biggest problem is that Ricky Bahl remains an enigmatic character for the entire movie. Or maybe not enigmatic as much as empty. The overall sense is that, given his unlawful pursuits, Ricky seems like a nice enough guy. At least he restricts his predations to financial gains. Even when one of his targets throws herself at him, he doesn't take advantage. I find myself not really sympathizing with him, and it's probably because Ricky Bahl was never fleshed out enough to feel like a real person. Even when Ishika was falling for him - and we all saw that coming, right? - in the back of my head I kept thinking about those three girls who were fleeced. No lie, I was rooting for the girls' con to succeed. Having said that, one can never discount Ranveer Singh's charisma. And he can dance, which is a very good thing in Bollywood. I actually bought this DVD after having seen his live dance number in the 2013 Filmfare Awards. But, yeah, the writer(s) could've given his character a more in-depth treatment.
It's a diverting enough romantic comedy. I like the easy-breezy vibe and there are some neat comic beats. And I enjoyed the strains of DON's "Aaj Ki Raat" coursing thru as the girls' big sting unfolds. But we'd all seen these con movies before, and there's absolutely no new twist here. And when Ricky Bahl bitterly remarks that what he has with Ashika is "a 100% true partnership of two liars," well, he makes the romance seem more pulse-pounding than it really is. Anyway, I liked the movie enough that I'm rating it a better-than-average 3 out of 5 stars.
LADIES VS. RICKY BAHL runs 140 minutes and gives you options for English and Arabic sub-titles. The DVD's bonus stuff:
- Making Of the film featurette (00:21:52 minutes, mostly in Hindi with a smidge of English)
- 18 Deleted Scenes (in Hindi, sorry, no English or Arabic sub-titles)
- "Jasba" music video (full version)
- Theatrical trailer
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