Karan Johar ventures into uncharted territory with “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani,” a seemingly frothy romance that hides a clever subversion of traditions and values.
The clash between a wealthy Punjabi mithai empire and a liberal Bengali household leads to friction, exploring the art of living and challenging societal conditioning.
The film’s excessive flamboyance and allusions to Johar’s previous works make it a signature KJo production. It takes time to adjust to the exaggerated tone and wit, but eventually finds its groove, introducing contrasting families – the grand Rocky residence and the whimsical Chatterjees.
Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s electrifying chemistry adds charm to their romance, backed by catchy musical numbers and opulent settings. The supporting cast, especially Jaya Bachchan and Dharmendra, deliver commendable performances.
Despite some drawbacks, the film entertains with pop culture gusto and eclectic humor. It addresses pertinent issues like body shaming, racism, sexism, and more, making it a visually stunning spectacle with a nostalgic touch.
“Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani” may not be flawless, but it daringly challenges societal norms and offers a glimpse of progressive thinking. For those raised on colorful Bollywood extravaganzas, it’s a nostalgic journey worth taking.
We give “Rocky aur Rani kii Prem Kahaani” 3.5/5 stars.