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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi - DVD Review


Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
Director: Aditya Chopra
Producer: Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra
Music: Salim-Sulaiman
Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni


If at all one has to hail a superb climax for a film, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi would be the forerunner by a long distance. In fact, it's the very climax of the film which makes it such an endearing watch that one is tempted to watch it all over again. The point where Anushka starts realizing that Raj and Suri are the same person, the film's graph reaches a high point. While Suri is dancing in the way Raj was doing in all the rehearsals, the expressions on Anushka's face have to be seen to be believed as she looks all perplexed and bewildered while her body is dancing mechanically to the tune of 'Dancing Jodi'. This is the point where Aditya Chopra demonstrates a great hold of the proceedings as the sense of surprise and guilt is mixed well with some excellent support from the music and choreography departments.

So why has the climax been described at the very beginning of this review? The reason is simple. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi could never have been the film that it eventually turned out to be if not for it's brilliant climax. This is one heartwarming sequence that forces you to go back and revisit this dramatic romantic tale which indeed was different. No wonder, the film turned out to be one of the biggest blockbusters of Shah Rukh's career when released late last year.

Of course, an excellent climax by no means undermines a very good start that the film's narrative takes. Right from the moment Shah Rukh and Anushka get married out of the blue to the time Anushka declares that she could never love Shah Rukh to the time Shah Rukh starts making adjustments in his life - it is one emotional journey that results in moist eyes for majority of viewers. In fact your heart goes out to the man as he starts falling in love with the girl 'haule haule'. Raj is a clear alter ago of Suri as he does everything that Suri could never imagine doing. He breaks rules, flirts around, is all goofy - and all of this is to gain access to the love which he couldn't find in his own house from his own wife.

Presentation of this dilemma could have been shown in multiple ways. Either it may have turned out to be an out and out comedy with a Golmaal kind of a narrative or it could have gone an intellectual way with the metaphor being on your face or it could have become an out and out art house cinema. However, Aditya Chopra applies a different route altogether and comes up with a dramatic love story that has quite a few heartwarming moments interspersed into the narrative. Of course, cinematic liberties are quite a few, but then all of that is attributed to 'rab' since it is conveniently declared that it is HE who decides what should happen and what shouldn't!

The movie does fizzle a little towards the pre-climax because by that time the audience starts craving for some action on screen but there is none of that that takes place. The Sumo wrestling sequence is truly forced and leads to yawns instead of smiles. But as said earlier, it's the entire segment of the film towards the very end that brings back spark into the proceedings. And the spark is such that it just fires up the screen and illuminates it strongly enough to leave a lasting impression.


Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi wins brownie points for an excellent plastic casing that it comes in. While the trademark Suri/Raj twin effect is available yet again on the inlay card, the overall presentation of the DVD lends it an exclusive touch.


The film's duration is 164 minutes


The film comes with the bonus features that include:

- The Making of the Film
- The Making of the Songs ('Haule Haule', 'Dance Pe Chance', 'Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte')
- Deleted Scenes
- SRK Unplugged
- SRK and Anushka in conversation

For a major part of the audience, it's a pleasure to hear Shah Rukh talk about films, whether they are his own or of others. In the DVD of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, one gets to hear Shah Rukh talk about the film for more than an hour which is quite some bonus, especially for those who loved the film. He talks, and talks and continues to talk and what makes it special is the animated tone that he applies while explaining his character, the mannerisms, the reasons behind signing the film, the bond that he shares with Aditya Chopra, the rapport he shared with Anushka and most interestingly, the real life characters on whom he based Suri and Raj!

With quite a lot to offer to the viewers, the DVD takes them behind the scenes with ample footage of what really happened on the sets, the rehearsals, song recording and some hilarious goof ups. Also watch out for all the innovation and improvisations that the actors (especially Shah Rukh) indulged in while the shots were being canned. Though it's a disappointment not to see or hear an ever elusive Aditya Chora, Shah Rukh along with Anushka and other crew members more than make up for it.

Especially interesting is the part where choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant talks about the challenges that she faced while shooting 'Haule Haule' since it required her to capture the entire act in one single frame. Have a look at how the feat was ultimately accomplished! Moreover, Shah Rukh also reveals how before working on Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, he and Aditya Chopra had all the plans to work in a hardcore action film before the latter decided to kick start a love story!

And then lastly, there is this really involving conversation between Shah Rukh and Anushka which had made quite an impression when it was first seen in the world of internet and TV after the release of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Relive the moments as you get an opportunity to be privy to this entire conversation as it is included as a part of the bonus DVD.

The disappointing part of this DVD though is the 'Deleted Scenes' section. There are as many as six deleted scenes included here but not even a single scene stands out. In fact they were best left out of the final cut even though all of them featured Shah Rukh Khan. While a couple of them have Shah Rukh and Vinay Pathak in a conversation, the remaining feature Anushka Sharma. However, all of them are best forgotten after they are seen for the first time.


- 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- Subtitles in English, Arabic, Dutch, Telugu, Tamil
- Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo


Rs. 399/ =


Want to watch a clean family movie at home? Then go for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In any case, with nothing playing on screens due to stand off between producers and multiplexes, this DVD is your best bet to get your much needed dose of Bollywood entertainment at home.
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"As a kid I used to dance on SRK's song from Baazigar" - Anushka Sharma

The best compliment Anushka Sharma received for her performance in Rab Ne Bana De Jodi came from Yash Chopra. "He came up to me and said mine was one of the best performances he had seen by a debutant. He placed his hand on my head while saying this. So he was blessing me."

She was also not presented with the poise finesse and sophistication associated with the typical Yash Raj heroine. Anushka defends the banner stoutly. "You're right. Even when girls are presented as seedhi-saadhi in a Yash Raj film she's glamorous. And coming from a glam background I wouldn't have minded being glossy in my first film. But you know what? This was such a huge opportunity. I couldn't have asked for more. I fell in love with my character and the film. It's a dream role for any debutante. I can always get into chiffon saris in the next Yash Raj film. Or the one after that..."

It's interesting how Anushka got Rab Ne Bana De Jodi. "I was auditioned and short-listed. Then Adi auditioned me personally and I was on."

Ask her how she managed to be so natural in her first film and Anushka laughs, "All the while I was modeling in Bangalore. Maybe there was an actor lurking within me. I'm crazy about my modeling work. I love the ramp and the backstage banter. I moved to Mumbai a year ago. Movies were not a priority. I don't come from a film background, don't know how the industry works. I didn't know anyone here."

But Anushka was always a huge Shah Rukh fan. "My dad is in the army and when they would've these functions in the mess, I'd dance to Shah Rukh's 'Kitabe Bahut Si Padhi Hogi' from Baazigar. I must've been 3 at that time. I wasn't just Shah Rukh's fan. I'm his trueblue admirer. I always loved the way he conducted himself. Now after having worked with him I love him even more. Rab Ne...was like my school where Shah Rukh and Adi were my teachers."

However Anushka wasn't over-instructed. "Adi never told me what to do beyond a point. In fact he gave me the liberty to interpret my character how I wanted after making me read the lines. Imagine a newcomer getting so much freedom in her first film! I must have given my DOP Mr Ravi Chandran so much grief. I knew nothing about camera angles. I didn't even understand focus marks. Shah Rukh was doing that for me. Adi and Shah Rukh made things so comfortable for me. These things matter a lot when you're starting out."

Anushka didn't have to make a strenuous effort to act. "Even modeling is a kind of performance. On the ramp you are representing a concept. In a film you're projecting an individual. But the transition wasn't hard for me. Because in real life I'm as simple as the girl I play in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Yes, I do like to dress up and walk the ramp. But that isn't the real me."

Anushka was lucky to be brought up in Bangalore. "Otherwise army officers who give their lives for the country (and I'm proud to be born to a soldier's daughter) could be posted anywhere in the back of the beyond. That gets really tough on their kids. Me and My brother (who used to be a state-level cricketer) got the best of education in Bangalore."

Mumbai is now Anushka's home. "I kept coming to Mumbai for modeling assignments. I decided to move into Mumbai a year ago with my mom, since my dad is posted out. I haven't bought my place. Right now I'm very comfortable in the army quarters. I don't feel the need to move from where I am."

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'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' The highest opening week grosser till date

Shahrukh Khan-starrer `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' that released worldwide on December 12, has grossed Rs 90 crore in its opening week, which is on par with and in some places even higher than two of the highest opening week grossers till date, `Om Shanti Om' and `Singh Is King'.

Its producers Yash Raj Films (YRF) said `Rab Ne...' has also broken all earlier opening week collection records for Yash Raj Films, having surpassed the opening week collections of `Dhoom: 2', which is regarded as one of the highest grossing movies of all-time.

The total collections for `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' in India are around Rs 42 crore net (gross collections were Rs 70 crore). The total gross collections for all overseas markets are over USD 4 Million (around Rs 20 crore), a YRF statement said here on Thursday.

In Middle East, `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' has broken all previous records for first week collections, netting just under USD 1.3 million. The previous highest grossing film in the Gulf region, having a sizeable Indian population, was `Dhoom: 2', which grossed approximately USD 1.86 million across its entire run.

The Aditya Chopra-directed romantic flick, featuring newcomer Anushka Sharma, is on course to break this all-time record going into its second week, the statement said.

The film has also had a grand opening week across all overseas markets, including the UK, USA, Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and features in the list of the highest grossers for the opening week in most of these territories.

"The film has the potential to finish as one of the biggest blockbusters of all-time," it said.
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