Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 6,756 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Musical | Romance
  • Release Date: 12 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 167 min
  • Filming Location: Amritsar, Punjab, India
  • Budget: INR 220,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $2,074,346(USA)(11 January 2009)
  • Director: Aditya Chopra
  • Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vinay Pathak and Anushka Sharma
  • Original Music By: Salim Merchant  (as Salim-Sulaiman) Suleiman Merchant  (as Salim-Sulaiman) 
  • Soundtrack: Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke, Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital EX | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Marriage | Dancing | Assumed Identity | Musical Segments | Beautiful Woman

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Aditya Chopra  story

Known Trivia

  • Sonam Kapoor did a screen test and was strongly considered for the lead role.
  • As part of the film’s promotional campaign, the film’s teaser trailer was released on November 2, 2008, Shah Rukh Khan’s 43rd birthday.
  • The song “Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte” pays tribute to the legendary Bollywood actors Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Dev Anand, and Rajesh Khanna. Each stanza of the song contains lyrics that represent the titles of songs filmed with those aforementioned actors.
  • The film has no songs performed by Abhijeet and Udit Narayan, two of Shah Rukh Khan’s favorite playback singers. Instead, the male singers are Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Sukhwinder Singh, and Labh Janjua.
  • The film doesn’t feature any songs performed by Yash Raj Films favorite Lata Mangeshkar. The female singers of this movie are Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal.
  • The song “Haule Haule” was shot in three takes. Shah Rukh Khan improvised most of his dance moves throughout the shoot. He later said that while he felt uncomfortable wearing the wig and moustache, it was one of the most relaxing songs he had ever shot.
  • The dancing jodi motif seen throughout the film is the famous Raj Kapoor logo, which was designed after a scene between Raj Kapoor and Nargis in the film Barsaat.
  • As part of the film’s promotional campaign, Yash Raj Films designed special lenticular posters that featured both Surinder Sahni and Raj dancing with Taani.
  • The phrase “Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte,” repeated many times in the movie, is actually a combination of three Bollywood movies that starred the three big Khans: Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke with Aamir Khan, Phir Milenge with Salman Khan, and Chalte Chalte with Shah Rukh Khan, who was the lead in this movie.
  • Shah Rukh Khan has two completely different looks in the film, which were inspired by two contestants on Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?, the game show that he hosts.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Raj shows Taani "I LOVE U" written all over the Amritsar town to express his love for her. The next shot shows a close-up of Taani and one can see the reflection of "I LOVE U" in her eyes, but the it's not a mirror image as it should be.

Plot: A middle-aged man who lost his love for life rediscovers it by assuming a new identity in order to rekindle the romantic spark in his marriage. Full summary »  »

Story: Surinder is married to Taani but there is a huge age gap between them. There is no real romance in the marriage. Then, a dance reality show called "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" airs and Taani wants to participate but can't because her husband is not hip and happening. She has a fear of losing, and she also fears that her friends will laugh at her. Surinder overhears her problem and decides to go in for a makeover. He watches some movies and learns to dance in order to woo his young wife. Throughout the show, Taani keeps falling in love to with this new-and-improved Surinder without once realizing that he's really her husband.Written by mansoor-biggest fan of SRK  

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Synopsis: Shy, introverted, and kind-hearted Surinder "Suri" Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) is an office worker for Punjab Power. He quietly falls in love with the daughter of his former professor, beautiful and vivacious Tania "Taani" Gupta (Anushka Sharma), whom he first sees during the preparations for her wedding. Upon their first meeting however, Taani jokingly berates and blames him for setting an impossible set of standards (reiterated by her father) that she was never able to meet as a child. A short while later, Taani’s father suffers a heart attack when the entire wedding party learns that her fiance and his family were killed in a traffic accident. Fearing that Taani will be alone in the world, the professor asks Suri to marry her. Suri concedes; Taani tearfully agrees only to please her father.

After a hasty wedding, Suri takes Taani to his ancestral home in Amritsar. While his good nature leads Suri to treat her with exceptional care and patience, he is too frightened to profess his love for her. However, Taani tells him that while she will try to be a good wife, she can never love him due to having no love left within her. Suri still continues to indulge her every desire. This includes frequent visits to the cinema to see song and dance films which appeal to Taani’s fantasies about romance and her passion for dancing. She soon asks for Suri’s permission, which he grants, to take an expensive dance class with the company Dancing Jodi to escape her mundane life at home.

During one visit to the cinema, Suri feels inadequate in comparison to the strong, masculine images that Taani admires and later asks his childhood friend Balwinder "Bobby" Khosla (Vinay Pathak), a hair-saloon owner, for advice on how to win her love. Bobby is eager to help and suggests a complete makeover (removing his moustache, changing his hairstyle, and giving him a new set of clothing including a pair of sunglasses). Suri is thus transformed into the swaggering, loud, rude, and fun-loving "Raj", named by Suri after the hero in the movie that Taani had admired. He joins the dance class and by chance or, as he believes, by divine intervention becomes Taani’s partner in the competition. Despite Raj’s initial crudeness a result of Surinder’s inexperience with women and his attempt to emulate the "cool" images from movies he and Taani become friends as they work together on their dance routine. Suri feels encouraged when Taani does not tie a rakhi (holy thread) on "Raj’s" wrist during the festival of Raksha Bandhan (for to do so would indicate that she thought of him only as a brother). Thus, after a period of time, Raj declares his love for her.

Suri’s ruse poses a dilemma for both of them. Taani enters into a period of internal conflict, desperately wanting to escape from her despair-filled life through finding a new person to love. Yet despite wanting to escape her loveless marriage, Taani feels compelled to stay with Suri due to the promise that she made to her father. Suri also faces an extraordinary paradox: Taani’s sheer misery as his wife in contrast to her delight with his fabricated alter ego "Raj." He thus attempts to win Taani’s love as Suri, an act which only alienates her further. She eventually runs away to find Raj in order to tell him the predicament she is in, hoping he will help her. He offers to elope with her, which she agrees to tearfully. They set the date for their elopement to the next night, the night of the competition.

On the day of the competition, Suri takes Taani to the Golden Temple in order to garner God’s blessings for her competition that night–and internally, also for her life with Raj. While there Taani has an epiphany in which she believes God has shown her a sign that tells that her marriage to Suri is divinely inspired. For the first time she reflects on her husband and becomes aware of the strength and integrity of Suri’s character. Taani thus tells Raj that she cannot run away with him. She leaves him in what appears to be a state of shock with tears in his eyes. When the time comes for their performance Taani is stunned to see Suri, rather than Raj, join her on stage. It is at that moment that Taani grows to love Suri (rather than Raj) as she discovers his passionate love for her.

The movie failed amidst many expectations..Most of the audience found it very silly.

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Produced By:

  • Aditya Chopra known as producer
  • Yash Chopra known as producer
  • Shah Rukh Khan known as co-producer
  • Sanjay Shivalkar known as executive producer
  • Aashish Singh known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Shah Rukh Khan known as Surinder 'Suri' Sahni / Raj Kapoor
  • Vinay Pathak known as Balwinder 'Bobby' Khosla
  • Anushka Sharma known as Taani Sahni
  • M.K. Raina known as Taani's father
  • Manmeet Singh known as Raju mechanic
  • Bipasha Basu
  • Bobby Bedi known as Tiny Singh
  • Vivan Bhatena (as Vivan Bhathena)
  • Puneet Cheema known as Dance Instructor
  • Alene D'Souza known as Dance Instructor
  • Aneesha Dalal known as Dance Instructor
  • Lara Dutta
  • Areez Gandhi known as M.C. at Dance Competition Finale (as Areesz Gandhi)
  • Rajesh Jain known as Khanna
  • Kajol
  • Vineet Kapoor known as Chedda
  • Darshi Mashru
  • Rani Mukerji
  • Shonali Nagrani
  • Richa Pallod
  • Rushad Rana (as Rana Rushod)
  • Mark Sagato known as Sumo Wrestler
  • Nilofar Salehi known as Dolly
  • Rohit Siobti known as Surinder's friend
  • Anuj Tikku known as D.K.
  • Preity Zinta

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Vidyadhar Bhatte known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Amit Lad known as assistant art director
  • Isha Mahajan known as set dresser
  • Ashwini Shrivastav known as construction coordinator
  • Udai Prakash Singh known as assistant art director

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Production Companies:

  • Yash Raj Films

Other Companies:

  • Shree Ganesh Movie Lights  grip and lighting equipment

Distributors:

  • Yash Raj Films (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • AMC Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • AMC Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Bhaskar Joyoti Goswami known as digital compositor
  • Samapika Karmakar known as digital compositor
  • Paresh Patil known as digital matte painter
  • Rohit Prasad known as visual effects
  • Rupeshpatil known as visual effects
  • Ravi Shekhar known as digital compositor
  • Bhanu Partap Singh known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Germany 11 December 2008
  • Netherlands 11 December 2008
  • Canada 12 December 2008
  • France 12 December 2008
  • India 12 December 2008
  • Ireland 12 December 2008
  • Singapore 12 December 2008
  • UK 12 December 2008
  • USA 12 December 2008
  • South Korea 13 October 2009 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Japan 27 March 2010 (Okinawa International Movie Festival)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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