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Raanjhanaa Critics Review: Dhanush gets rousing welcome

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Updated: Saturday, June 22, 2013, 11:31 [IST]

Dhanush has got a dream Bollywood debut in Raanjhanaa as his performance has been praised to heavens by audience and critics. The Tamil star has been overwhelmingly welcomed by cine goers and he has become the talk of the town in Hindi film industry.

Raanjhanaa tells us, it's not so cool to fall in love. Unless you're ready to slither on the ground for love, if the need arises. The movie is an opulent, epic, seductive, raging and rippling ode to love, according to critics.

The film celebrates the pain of heartbrokenness. Dhanush, as the worshipping loverboy, lets his face become the map of his heart in the movie. So transparent are his feelings for the girl that every kind word or gesture from her brings a response of teary gratitude in his eyes.

The film is directed by Anand L Rai and features Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskar and others in the cast. Here, we are bringing you what critics' review says about our own Tamil star Dhanush. Read it on the slideshow...

Oneindia - Nabanita

Dhanush has come quite a long way to make a niche for himself in the Hindi film industry with his latest debut movie Raanjhanaa. And to one's surprise, Dhanush proves it and he is sure to stay here.

Unlike other south stars in Bollywood, Dhanush gets his Hindi right. He gets into the skin of the character of a sweet, simple, innocent boy and delivers an absolutely marvellous performance.

Bollywood Hungama - Taran Adarsh

Dhanush, who makes his Hindi film debut with RAANJHANAA, is simply outstanding. To state that he's the mainstay of the film would be most appropriate. You take back his innocence, his dedication for his beloved, his emotions as you exit the auditorium. Here's a performance that deserves an ovation!

Rediff - Sukanya Verma

Sonam and Dhanush have a peculiar chemistry. It's neither simmering nor constrained but bears a quaint mystery, which deepens as they alternate to justify and contradict their actions.

If Rahman is Raanjhanaa's discerning soul, Dhanush is its explosive heart and nimble body. There's a scene involving him, Deol and a gas cylinder. It's subtle, funny and says volumes about his Kundan.

Dhanush's Hindi is wobbly but surprisingly grows on you even as his vigour burns the screen whether he's clumsily asking out Sonam on his bike, joyously gate crashing a wedding procession or biting his lips in agony when affronted by the one he's wronged.

DNA - Tushar Joshi

Dhanush has neither the conventional good looks, nor the six-packs to cater to mainstream audience. And that strangely is his biggest asset.

Raanjhanaa has a fantastic first half. Watch it for Dhanush and Sonam's performances and some colourful one-liners and dialogues. Dhanush's dialogue delivery has a unique ring to it which will be either music or noise to your ears. You can't help but draw comparison with his father-in-law Rajnikanth in a few scenes.

Deccan Herald - Subhash K Jha

Dhanush's performance would go down in cinematic history as one of the most consistent and compelling portrayals of single-minded ardour.

If Rai's remarkable love tale seems so richly sublime and vibrant it's partly because Sonam and Dhanush have submerged themselves into their characters until we see only their love... rather, his love.

NDTV - Saibal Chatterjee

The two lead actors, Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor, complement each other perfectly. Even when he is exasperatingly impulsive, the character remains endearing, thanks to the boyish charm that the actor exudes.

Zee News - Resham Sengar

Dhanush exudes excellence whenever he appears on the screen. Not with the kind of looks that a Bollywood hero is expected to have, Dhanush has hit the bull's eye and that too as a romantic hero in his Hindi debut - all thanks to his acting finesse. He has reiterated the fact that a good actor is not at the mercy of good looks. To sum it up, this Raanjhanaa is charmer.

Be it for its technical pros or for Dhanush's Bollywood debut, Raanjhanaa makes for a good watch this weekend.

Indian Express - Shubra Gupta

The playfulness and intensity that Dhanush, making his Bollywood debut, exhibits consistently is what keeps the film ticking. His complete surrender to the role leads to the kind of unselfconsciousness that is so absent in Bollywood newbies who try playing lovers: if you want to show me your perfect abs, how will you let yourself screw up your face while crying for your mehbooba? And that is what makes Dhanush, who is familiar to north Indian audience only through the chartbuster Kolaveri Di, so believable.

Deccan Chronicle - Khalid Mohamed

Dhanush, overeager and hyperactive, is appealing when called upon to do scenes of some seriousness and sobriety.

Firstpost - Piyasree Dasgupta

The Southern superstar makes a lot of big Hindi film stars look like they need to go back to acting classes in his Bollywood debut. Raanjhanaa is worth a watch. Not just for a delish Abhay Deol sighting or the Hauz Khas-worthy kurta designs, but for Dhanush.

The Tamil actor plays everything from a 15-year-old to a twenty-something with stunning conviction. It's spectacular how Dhanush perfects a naive, smitten, small town teenager's body language right to the wide-eyed, silly smile. The fact that he is far from being conventionally good looking works to his advantage.

Topics: raanjhanaa, dhanush, anand l rai, sonam kapoor
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