Bollywood movie Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, which stars Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh in leads, has received mixed reviews from film critics. There were lot of expectations from the Band Baaja Baarat team. Although the team has done a wonderful job, their work is not up to the mark.
Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl is a romantic comedy film. Film critics have praised the amazing chemistry between Ranveer and Anushka, Salim-Sulaiman's foot-tapping music, interesting storyline, beautiful locations, Habib Faisal's witty one-liners, Aseem Mishra's camera work. But most of the critics are upset with its sluggish and predictable script and mindless placement of songs.
An inexplicably sluggish pace and forgettable songs thrown in every few scenes kill any possibility of a narrative rhythm in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.
Sometimes a director's own film works against him. Maneesh Sharma's debut Band Baaja Baarat was such a delightful little surprise packet that expectations were bound to be high. But then Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl proves that it is difficult to match the standards of a fun riot like BBB, even by its own director.
Ranveer Singh walks away the hero from the film. Super energy and after Parineeti, good dialogues which make him not a seminal con-man by any standards, but an enjoyable one.
'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' nosedives further post-intermission because of script holes the size of craters. The trio of women track down our hero way too conveniently, and you can"t help but question how a seasoned conman could so easily be charmed into parting with his cash. Doesn"t help either that the narrative is interrupted far too often with unnecessary songs.
What makes the film go down a steep slope after moving to a solid high is the stupid showing of how these girls manage to sell fake Gucci's and Prada's to Ricky. He is shown as a man who knows his stuff. So why this laziness in the script?
Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. They are personable enough, and they act well enough. He's smooth, she's smart and sassy. The story is clever enough, and whole idea of the wronged girls trying to wrong the bad guy always delicious. But we've seen too many of these con vs con movies from Yash Raj Films. Think Bunty aur Babli (pioneering), Badmaash Company (painful) and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (terrific).
LADIES VS RICKY BAHL is at best, a decent fare, which appeals in parts. The film starts well, even ends well. It's in between that's plain ordinary. One definitely expected more from the director of the immensely likeable BAND BAAJA BAARAT. Ideally, the film merits a two-and-a-half star rating, but that extra half star is for Ranveer and Anushka, who steal your heart with truly striking performances.
Anushka Sharma doesn"t impress, Ranveer Singh doesn"t excel, the songs aren"t a rage either but yes, Uday Chopra has definitely penned a good story. The hero of the film is actually the script — well done Uday Chopra and Jugal Hansraj who perfectly executed the story into a good screenplay.
At worst, the film remains then a yawn inducing, half explained romance; at best, it"s an effortless watch all the way.
Irrespective of its minor blemishes, director Maneesh Sharma succeeds in striking a constant connect with the audience and also extracts decent performances from the entire cast.
The Band Baaja Baarat director fails to meet the expectations due to Devika Bhagat's predictable and sluggish script. But one cannot give a miss to watch Anushka-Ranveer onscreen chemistry.