English: Indian composer A.R. Rahman opens the...

English: Indian composer A.R. Rahman opens the studios at Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International film school. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Indian actress Sonam Kapoor

English: Indian actress Sonam Kapoor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was only recently I watched a TV show where the main topic was if the heroes from the South of India creating a buzz in the North of India. I know it sounds strange but this Billion population has two mega-film industries, Bollywood and Tollywood.

Actor Dhanush surely is creating the buzz and he will be remembered as the first South Hero to do so, in his film Raanjhanaa. It was not long ago that his song “Kolaveri Di” became the first viral YouTube song in India and soon caught the attention of the world. He is also the son-in-law to the mega super star of Tollywood, Mr Rajnikant so some actor abilities are bound to spread.

English: Dhanush at a function in chennai

English: Dhanush at a function in chennai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





















The other interesting newcomer is the director, Anand Rai, even though he is nearly four films old, Raanjhanaa has made a mark for him. Yes, his last film “Tanu Weds Manu” was a semi-hit and perhaps thats where Anand realized was his strength, romance. He kept Raanjhanaa authentic with the backdrop of India’s famous city, Benaras, located on the banks of the river Ganges. The story of Raanjhanaa has been written by Himanshu Sharma who has worked with Anand Rai before and it looks like this tag-team is going to have more success.

A simple boy falls in love and never gives up, despite religious differences, 16 slaps and slitting wrists. What makes the character of Kundan played by Dhanush very adorable is well the person Dhanush, its as if he is being himself and delivers with honesty and conviction. This Benaras boy doesn’t let you down till the end of the film, there are no fancy stunts for him or long lines of dialogue or dreamy songs, he is just being himself. That is also the strength of the film because even the heroine of the story is Zoya, played by Sonam Kapoor and till the end she remains true to her character. Zoya is a simple but well educated Muslim girl who only briefly falls in love with Romeo Kundan until she meets her Prince Charming Akram Zaidi, played by Abhay Deol and the wedding bells are about to ring. This brings in the main twist of the film and before you know it, there is more than meets the eye.

English: Abhay Deol at the 2009 Toronto Intern...

English: Abhay Deol at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




The backdrop of student politics maturing into real party politics has been cleverly used and in the middle of all this is Kundan’s undying love. This film is a winner in many ways and the music by the maestro A R Rahman, make it even more worth it.