Starring: Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Jaya Bachchan, Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Anjali Anand and Garima Agarwal
Director: Karan Johar
Step into the enchanting world of ‘Rocky and Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ and relive the magic reminiscent of iconic Bollywood couples like Raj and Simran, Anjali and Rahul, and Prem and Nisha. With picturesque landscapes, chiffon saris, chiselled six-packs, exquisite designer costumes, grand sets, and a captivating blend of romance spanning generations, Karan Johar’s triumphant return to directing after a 7-year hiatus is a spectacular celebration of cinematic entertainment.
From the moment the trailer dropped, the essence of ‘Rocky and Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ became clear—a tale of love, heritage, and unity. Ranveer Singh shines as the charismatic Rocky, the sole grandson and heir of the opulent Randhawa family, while Alia Bhatt stuns as Rani, a feminist, top-ranking student, and accomplished broadcast journalist from the cultured Chatterjee family.
In a heartwarming attempt to reunite their estranged grandparents (portrayed endearingly by Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi), Rocky and Rani’s love story unfolds, leading them to seek approval for their marriage. The ensuing whirlwind sees them swapping families—the Randhawas and the Chatterjees—for 30 days each, resulting in a delightful blend of emotion, drama, revelations, and redemption.
Karan Johar masterfully directs, infusing his signature touch with a modern flair, coaxing exceptional performances from the cast. Ranveer’s portrayal of Rocky is nothing short of fabulous, breathing life into the character’s flamboyance and emotions. Alia captivates with her stunning presence and
mature performance, further elevated by her elegant saree collection.
Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi deliver heartwarming chemistry as the lovelorn couple, and the incorporation of timeless Bollywood melodies in their story adds a nostalgic touch that’s both clever and heartening.
Jaya Bachchan’s portrayal of Dhanlakshmi, though stern, is brilliantly executed. The screenplay and writers’ efforts shine through, complemented by a melodic soundtrack that accompanies Karan Johar’s visually breathtaking direction.
Overall lots of cliches and a predictable storyline, the film isn’t without its flaws, but ‘Rocky and Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ excels in delivering exactly what it what it says on the tin —a trip down memory lane to the beloved Bollywood era of the ’90s and early 2000s with a slightly new tadka.
For an uplifting and entertaining experience, don’t miss this gem. Head to the theatres and relish the feel-good vibes!