Aditya Chopra’s YRF Part 2! New York to Dhoom 3

Part 2! Adi started out with a business plan of pouring the distribution and DVD money into multiple new small films a year. When that stopped working in 2008, he retooled, slighter bigger and more serious movies, and the occasionally REALLY REALLY BIG hit.

Okay, of these films, which is your favorite, your least favorite, the biggest risk, and the one you most want me to review?

New York

Yash Raj tries to go serious, a look at life in America under the Patriot Act. Also, Yash Raj’s first film with Katrina Kaif!

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Dil Bole Hadippa!

Shahid Kapoor’s first Yash Raj movie, and Yash Raj’s second sports film, not as successful as its first one. And yet another Rani starring role.

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Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year

Ranbir Kapoor’s triumphant return to Yash Raj, this time in a serious role in an almost songless movie, and a starless movie not counting him.

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Pyaar Impossible

Okay, this is a really silly movie. Uday Chopra and Priyanka and Dino Morea and a strange kind of mistaken identity nerd-cool girl romance.

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Badmaash Company

Does anyone remember this movie? No, right? Shahid’s second YRF, and Anushka’s follow up to Rab Ne, supposed to be a youthful heist movie but it really didn’t work.

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Lafangey Parindey

You ready for a one sentence plot description? “A boxer who fights blindfolded accidentally blinds a woman who dreams of winning a roller dancing competition and then becomes her partner and teaches her how dance blind”. You weren’t ready, were you?

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Band Baaja Baarat

YRF finally figured out how to do the hip cool youthful film! Partly because they found a director and writer and stars who weren’t thinking about the formula, but just doing the best they could in this particular story.

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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Slightly less successful than the previous film, a little more formulaic. Also the first Katrina Kaif movie at YRF, and the first Imraan Khan YRF movie. And the first Ali Zafar film.

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Ladies VS Ricky Behl

An attempt to regain the magic of Band Baaja Baaraat with mixed results, the two leads were back together in a similar rom-com, but one with a little more of a bite and less of a grounding. Also, Parineeti Chopra’s first YRF film!

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Ishaqzaade

A hit, both commercially and critically, the first one YRF had had in a while. Parineeti made her debut as a heroine and easily stole the film from her co-star, debutante Arjun Kapoor

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Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan’s first Yash Raj film ever, and the start of a new era at YRF, the big BIG blockbuster masala films. It’s not all romance any more.

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Katrina Kaif’s third YRF film in less than a year. And Shahrukh’s first YRF film in over two years. And of course, most importantly, Yash Chopra’s last big romance for which the studio pulled out all the stops.

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Aurangzeb

Arjun Kapoor’s second Yash Raj film, and the return of Jackie Shroff and Amrita Singh to YRF, long time favorites since the Yash Chopra era. But this is not a Yash Chopra film, a gritty dark complex thriller.

Shuddh Desi Romance

This is solidly in the Aditya Chopra vision for Yash Raj. Young attractive people having a young attractive romance. Sushant Singh Seth’s first YRF film, and Parineeti Chopra’s third.

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Dhoom 3

Ek Tha Tiger was big, but Dhoom 3 was much much bigger. Besides the spectacle, there was hardly anything to it. The mystery, the relationships, even the romance, all took a back seat to the “you must see this on the big screen!” stunts. A new era for YRF, a big movie that required big screen viewing once a year and less time for those little fun films.

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Now, out of these, here are my picks:

Favorite: Wow, I don’t really like any of these! Somehow they all feel like they are trying too hard, either trying to be young and hip, or trying to be Epic and mindblowing. If I am stuck with only these to choose from, I guess Ek Tha Tiger? There is a kind of sweet freshness to it.

Least Favorite: A lot of competition in this category!!!! I think Rocket Singh? I know that will be controversial, but it just feels like it is trying too hard to be different.

Biggest Risk: Okay, I want to say Lafangay Parindey (he boxes BLINDFOLDED!!!!), but I think really it is the first one, New York. A movie that looks at the flaws in the diaspora experience and confronts the way state enforcement creates terrorism.

18 thoughts on “Aditya Chopra’s YRF Part 2! New York to Dhoom 3

  1. You definitely should review Lafangey Parindey. OMG that plot! I heard about this movie for the first time , like 1 month ago, and I was very surprised because I didn’t have idea such movie exists, and how it’s possible nobody ever mentioned it. I’m very curious how bad it can be, but don’t have courage to watch it myself 🙂

    I have seen only 4 movies from the list: Dil Bole Hadippa, Mere brother ki dulhan, Aurangzeb and JTHJ.
    Aurangzeb was great (and if you won’t chose Lafangey,please review Aurangzeb, but warning: you’ll need a cold shower after double dose of sexy Arjun)
    Dil bole hadippa was ok
    MBKD made me angry and
    JTHJ made me furious.
    So that’s my list. Special mention for the worst: Badmaash Company – even the poster looks bad, low-cost and not YRF at all.

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    • Lafingey was on Netflix for a while, when YRF had their limited Netflix deal. I watched it maybe 7 years ago, and (unfortunately) it was not as Gosh-Awful as I hoped. Less “so bad it’s good” and more just boring. But it did include a dramatic final roller dancing competition moment.

      MBKD is a favorite of some other folks here! But I think all but a few of us are also furious at JTHJ.

      I don’t know what was happening with Badmash Company and Laginday Parindey in this era. They aren’t clever and low budget, they are just bad and low budget. Damaging to the Yash Raj brand, why risk it?

      Come to think of it, it was after this that YRF launched “Y-Films”, which was really smart. Kind of quarantine the really terrible ones away from the rest of the brand.

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  2. OK, I loved Rocket Singh. It does indeed try hard, and it gets swooped into the category of “feckless young men that Ranbir played in the late 2000s/early 2010s” but I did think it was wonderfully different. It takes all these people we usually laugh at: evil guy with weird facial hair, peon, item girl, joker Sardar, and makes them the heroes. I also love what has been called “competence porn” where someone is good at figuring things out and solving problems, and this is that.

    Also BBB and SDR, which show a new kind of romance.Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, I love Ranveer in disguise and Parineeti. And I also really enjoyed Aurangzeb, not least for Prithviraj in a police uniform.

    HATED JTHT. That is my least favorite movies of these and possibly ever.

    Riskiest: Maybe SDR, just because of the abortion thing?

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    • You’ve almost convinced me to give Rocket Singh another chance! Almost. Oh, and have you seen Raid yet? Such competence porn! He wears glasses and flips through ledgers, it’s way way sexy.

      Poor JTHJ, no love so far. I wouldn’t say “least favorite ever” for me, but possibly “least favorite Shahrukh movie”. Even his really bad early ones at least have some energy to them, some joy.

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  3. My favourite among these was band baaja Baraat.. least favourite is rocket Singh. And I would like you to review Aurangzeb.

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  4. Is New York good? It always looked interesting but I am sort of hesitant due to the cast.

    Rocket Singh was a pretty good movie but I’ve noticed that it gets hyped up so much just because it’s sort of different. I wonder what happened to Shimit Amin though. I think he was supposed to do a movie with Ranveer a couple of years back.

    You know, I didn’t realize that Katrina was in so many YRF films until now.

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    • Speaking of Katrina, she is the main reason I want to watch New York. I’ve seen the songs and a few scenes, but not the whole movie, and I was really struck by her performance. It locked into that kind of womanly warmth that was brought out so well in Ek Tha Tiger and Zero and a few other movies.

      I started noticing how many Kat movies YRF produced after JTHJ I think, because that casting was so odd. I think I can see why, in some ways she is kind of the successor to Rani. Very professional, very private, very hardworking. YRF likes that in their heroines, someone who shows up and does the job without any drama. They like that in their heroes too, but clearly are willing to sacrifice lack of drama for a big box office as needed.

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      • Okay, I just watched the trailer to New York and it seems really interesting.

        Hmm, that’s a good point about Katrina and Rani. Who do you think will be the next big yrf heroine? I would say Anushka but she’s been pretty selective in her work.

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        • I don’t think Anushka, because I think she wants more than that, with her producing and stuff. I think YRF doesn’t know who their next heroine will be either, they keep trying to make one homegrown and it’s not working. Doesn’t Vaani Kapoor have another thing coming? Maybe if that does well, it will be her.

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          • I think Vaani’s in that Ranbir period movie with YRF. I forgot what it’s called but it was supposed to come out this year but Thugs’s failure pushed it back.

            I’m surprised that YRF hasn’t brought Bhumi Pednekar back. She hasn’t done a YRF film after DLKH right?

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          • I don’t think she has. And she has a longer relationship with the studio than anyone, since she was in the casting department for 6 years.

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  5. Down the list:

    New York – want to but can’t bring myself to watch it. Was visiting one son on West 72nd street when 9/11 happened and spent the day frantic over my other son, a fire fighter in the thick of it.

    Hadippa – saw it; don’t remember it.

    Rocket Singh – tried to see it all the way thru, but just can’t get my eyes around Ranbir.

    Pyaar Impossible – saw it last night in my “Poor Uday” phase. Anupam was wonderful as the nerd dad, PCJ stunk up the joint; didn’t believe her frou-frou energy for a minute. And what’s with those band-aid dresses? Poor Uday wasn’t bad with his chameleon face that can be goofy one minute and striking the next. I know it’s lightweight fluff, but I’d like to read your review.

    Baadmaash – Meh

    Lafangey P – didn’t see and prob won’t

    Band Baaja – How did I miss this one? Will start hunting all my services and read with spoilers if you decide to review. Spoilers never spoil anything for me.

    Mere Brother – Okay film, but HELLO Ali Zafar!

    Ricky Bhal – Loved it! All energy and fun.

    Ishaqzaade – My intro to Arjun and I don’t believe he was outshone by Parineeti at all. On the other hand, she had to have been pretty good to get my astonished eyes away from him even for a second.

    Ek Tha Tiger – can’t go wrong with the beast.

    Jab Taak Hai Jaan – not a great film, but not a Shah Rukh “ew” like Zero.

    Aurangzeb – where oh where can I find this film with subs? I hear it’s very good and Arjun is pretty decent in a challenging role. Please review with spoilers so I can get a bit of vicarious pleasure.

    Desi Romance – Enjoyed it immensely; still humming the title song.

    Dhoom 3 – my least favorite of the franchise. But hey, it’s a Dhoom. A side-by-side comparison review would be interesting.

    Thank you, Margaret.

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    • I’ll go down the list too!

      New York: Don’t force yourself to watch it, it’s an oddity that hasn’t lasted, not a great movie you have to seek out.

      Hadippa: Might be worth rewatching. Watch Shahid’s performance in particular, it’s a Rani movie but Shahid brings a lot of depth to his role, almost too much.

      Rocket Singh: I say you don’t have to bother with it, I wasn’t totally blown away and if you gave it a decent chance and couldn’t get into it.

      Pyaar Impossible: Such a silly movie! Glad to hear someone else watched and enjoyed it.

      Badmash: I haven’t watched it, glad to get your “meh” review.

      Lafingey Parinday: I have seen it, and it is terrible.

      Band Baaja Baarat: An absolute MUST WATCH. I have issues with a plot twist that happens halfway, but I have issues because the rest of the film is so very very good that I care about the plot twist. This is a groundbreaking movie, introduced Ranveer Singh and also introduced the small films with small stories set in specific locations that everyone is still trying to imitate, Badhai Ho to Sui Dhaaga.

      Mere Brother: Indeed!

      Ricky Bhal: Haven’t seen it 😦

      Ishaqzaade: Someday it may be worth it thinking about who was the most disappointing actor after an amazing debut. Arjun and Pari in Ishaqzaade would be right up there.

      Ek Tha Tiger: Well, Tiger Zinda Hai went wrong! At least, for me. But I love this movie, so much more of a love movie than an action movie, and just fun.

      Jab Tak Hain Jaan: Agree, it has good and bad scenes, it is redeemable.

      Aurangzeb: Right here! Yash Raj has a Prime deal, so all of these movies are available on Prime, only (as it sounds like you know) the subtitles can be tricky there. Every Yash Raj movie is also available with subtitles on youtube for a small fee:

      Shuddh Desi Romance: That title song is why I never watched it!!! It is such an ear worm that I ended up hating the movie just from the song trailer.

      Dhoom 3: I did review all the Dhoom films in one week, but I didn’t exactly do a side-by-side. All the movies listed here that are highlighted in blue link back to their related review.

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  6. Aurangzeb finally makes it to Amazon and I’m sooo happy. Problem: if you find it thru the Prime search option, you think you are going to see it IN ENGLISH (!) but turns out it’s only the trailer in Hindi with subs; in the Prime title listings, its there as “subtitled” but subs only appear every few mins, and then they’re from another movie! The opening narration appears to be about RAW and ISI, and a scene 2 minutes in where Prith and Anupam are obviously talking about something very dramatic, the subs keep mentioning “Tiger ” who is “out of breath from smoking too much”. Are these subtitles for Eh Tha Tiger or Tiger Zinda Hai? So weird.

    I really have to bite the bullet and get Einthisan or Hotstar.

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    • You won’t be able to find Yash Raj on Hotstar or Einthusan. Prime has exclusive rights and is vicious about it. And yet has terrible subtitles. Strangest thing.

      Oh, but youtube! I know it costs money instead of being part of a subscription, but it actually works!

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  7. Thanks for the heads-up about hotstar and einthu. I pay for so many streaming services that I balk at paying for a movie even if it’s cheap. But the little I saw of Aurangzeb looks really worth it. Also Vikram Vedha, which I can see with subs if I pay.

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