Aaha Kalyanam Review

by Sai Shyam G


‘Aaha Kalyanam’, the much anticipated remake of Bollywood hit film ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ had hit the screens last Friday (February 21st). The movie also marked the entry of Yash Raj Films into Kollywood. Starring Nani and Vaani, the movie is directed by newcomer Gokul Krishna. Has the movie repeated the magic of BBB? Read on.

Plot


Sruthi (Vaani Kapoor) and Shakthi (Nani) are two happy-go-lucky guys who join together and start a wedding planning business. They rise to stardom instantly, only to part ways due to ego clash. They also fall for each other gradually, but none of them admit it. After parting ways, their individual bussiness ventures fail miserably. Will they team up again and also become a couple? Watch the film to know the answers.

Performances


The film works mainly due to highly energetic performances by Nani and Vaani Kapoor. Nani has done a terrific job in portraying different emotions and also confidently delivers powerful dialogues, in a non-exaggerated manner. On the other hand, his Tamil accent may be disliked by few. One might think that the makers could have used a professional dubbing artiste for him. Vaani Kapoor is pretty bubbly in her role and she keeps the audience hooked to the film throughout. However, she lacks nativity and it is little odd to accept her as a South Indian.

Simran’s cameo act is breezy, while Badava Gopi has shined in his small, yet significant role. The other supporting actors have done a neat job too.

Technicalities


Under Dharan’s music, the songs are peppy and enjoyable. Also, Loganathan Srinivasan’s cinematography is colourful, thereby, making the songs more appealing. Although the film has many songs, most of them gel with the flow of the movie. Editor Bavan Sreekumar  has kept the first half really crisp, while the second half meanders a bit when the film gets serious.

Direction – Gokul Krishna


It is not easy to remake a super-hit film. Newcomer Gokul Krishna must be appreciated for taking up the challenge and trying his best to match the original. On the other hand, few might argue that Gokul Krishna has remained too faithful to the original, as some of the scenes remind you of Bollywood flavour. Few scenes might have been altered so that they could have struck a better chord with the audience here. However, there is never a dull moment in the film, thanks to the engaging screenplay.

Rajeev Rajaraman’s dialogues are crisp and to the point. Some of the dialogues said by Nani receive instant applause from the audience. On the whole, ‘Aaha Kalyanam’ is a fun film, which is breezy and entertaining.