140 Min | Comedy – Drama | December 2011
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra
Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl Review: ‘Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl’ is a decent entertainer, that works in parts. The first – hour is quite entertaining, but the Second-Hour isn’t really arresting. However, it’s a film that will pass your time. ‘Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl’ is a charismatic fraudster who cons ladies for a living finally meets his match when a bunch of his conquests form an equally crafty plan. ‘Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl’ has a winning first – hour, which is full of entertaining moments. The 1st chapter is engaging, the 2nd chapter is fair, while the 3rd chapter is quick yet effective. The problem with this film, starts in it’s second-hour. The entire thing of getting back to the Con-Man to teach him a lesson, is not that entertaining. Even the climax for that matter, looks superficial. Aditya Chopra’s Story is watchable, but not memorable. Maneesh Sharma’s Direction is good. Cinematography and editing are passable. Music by Salim-Sulaiman, is energetic.
Yash Raj Films may be looking to strike gold again with the direction and pairing of Anushka and Ranveer, but the truth is an equally compelling script is paramount to exploit their natural chemistry to the fullest. Ladies vs Ricky Bahl was quite the roller coaster ride narratively, and it’s really thanks to the leading actors’ chemistry that saved the film from becoming a downer, keeping it afloat and coasting along without surpassing expectations. But it’s a must for fans of Band Baaja Baaraat hungry to see both Anushka and Ranveer on screen together again.
In Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl, Ranveer Singh is impressive. The actor performs his part with confidence from start to end. Anushka Sharma enters the scene late, yet does a fair job. Parineeti Chopra makes a terrific debut. Her comic-timing is just perfect. Dipannita Sharma is appropriate. Aditi Sharma is nicely restrained. Others lend support. On the whole, ‘Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl’ is, at best, a time-pass fare, that works in parts.