• Publication date: April 15, 2010

Deception In The Name Of Love Can A Wild Scheme Earn His Wife�s Affection?

Filmmaker Aditya Chopra, producer of Bollywood blockbusters �Dhoom� (2004) and �Dhoom 2� (2006) presents �Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,� (2008) his first directorial work since 2000�s smash �Mohabbatein.� Chopra is backed up by his regular leading man, �Om Shanti Om� (2007) star Shahrukh Khan in this romantic comedy, which has the distinction of being India�s third highest grossing movie of all time. The film remained in Mumbai�s theaters for a whopping 120 days � for the mathematically challenged that equals roughly four months.

Filmmaker Aditya Chopra, producer of Bollywood blockbusters �Dhoom� (2004) and �Dhoom 2� (2006) presents �Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,� (2008) his first directorial work since 2000�s smash �Mohabbatein.� Chopra is backed up by his regular leading man, �Om Shanti Om� (2007) star Shahrukh Khan in this romantic comedy, which has the distinction of being India�s third highest grossing movie of all time. The film remained in Mumbai�s theaters for a whopping 120 days � for the mathematically challenged that equals roughly four months.

Khan depicts two very different characters in the picture. The first is Suri Sahn, a practical, well educated, timid, and gentle employee at a local power plant. Originally from Amritsar, Suri departs his hometown to meet a former professor and mentor, whose daughter�s wedding is the same day. However shortly before the wedding her groom is killed in a car accident, leaving the professor�s daughter, Taani (Anushka Sharma) devastated.

Another tragedy occurs shortly thereafter: Taani�s father experiences a heart attack, but before passing he requests that his daughter marry Suri, a man the professor likens to a son. Reluctantly she obliges, though makes it clear to her new groom that it is a marriage of necessity, not one of love. In the marriage�s earliest days Suri tries his best to please Taani, though nothing he does seems to help. Taani continues to mourn her former fianc�e�s death, treating her �uncool� husband callously.

In the daytime Taani watches Bollywood films, dreaming that her relationship could resemble the fun, youthful romances she sees on the screen. Her fascination with the pictures� music and choreography prompts her to sign up for dance lessons, with Suri�s permission.

While the couple�s marriage may have been prearranged, Suri felt genuine love for his wife � even if the feeling was not returned. That is where his alter ego, Raj Kapoor enters the picture. With the help of Bobby Khosla, Suri�s best friend, he transforms himself from geek to chic, shaving his mustache, gelling up his hair, and dumping his business attire. After his makeover he signs up at Taani�s dance studio, and presents himself as a macho man who will stop at nothing to win her love. Due to his radically new appearance, however, Taani never realizes that her new admirer is actually her husband, Suri.

The plan works, and Taani begins to dream of a new life with Raj. Yet, the charade cannot continue indefinitely, and either Taani must accept the real Suri, or Suri must uncomfortably continue his cool-guy fa�ade for the remainder of his life.

�Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi� is rated PG with a runtime of 167 minutes.