Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is the story of Surinder Sahni (Shahrukh Khan), a man working for Punjab Power, who falls in love, at first sight,of course, with Taani (Anushka Sharma),his professor’s daughter. Unforeseen circumstances bring them together and they get married. Since the husband doesn’t speak much, Taani is not too happy with the marriage.
She later comes across a poster about a reality dance show called “Dancing Jodi”, and wants to participate in it. Surinder, due to his love for Taani, slips into tight jeans and even tighter shirts in vivid colours, in order to win his wife’s love.
Taani keeps falling in love with her changed husband, who she does not know, is her actual husband. Confusing? Well, halfway through the movie, you stop caring anyway. The movie portrays a middle class man as an extremely nervous person with an unflattering moustache, who smiles without showing his teeth.
Taani is a housewife, whose only highlight of the day is her dance class and cooking for her husband. This does defy logic to an extent since Taani, being a professor’s daughter, could be expected to be more independent and not quite so meek and submissive.
The whole concept, and in fact, the climax of the movie reiterates the name of the film itself, and takes it a step further, as Taani finally does not leave her boring husband as she ,in a sudden change of heart, decides that she sees a manifestation of God in him. In today’s world where spouses are seen as ‘friends’, I feel that the movie has been released 20 years too late.
Vinay Pathak, as usual, is the saving grace and helps add a few laughs to the whole experience. Anushka has little to do, except wearing patiala-suits and displaying two fixed emotions, happiness and sorrow. SRK plays the typical ‘ideal man’ role, which is quite similar to his role in Kal Ho Naa Ho; his eyes brimming with tears at frequent intervals. The dance routine is nothing much to look forward to either.
The story could have been dealt with in a better manner, if there had not been such a great emphasis on the fact that the changed SRK (wild and unsophisticated) was the one who was able to woo Taani. It seems illogical that a person who is so docile in the mornings, transforms into such a different character by night, and throughout the movie, does not disclose his true identity to his wife, for no apparent reason.
SRK’s portrayal of a hen pecked husband resorting to any length (even changing his whole identity), in order to make his wife happy, leaves the viewer with a tooth ache and a slight feeling of nausea due to the overdose of sugar content. With average performances, unremarkable direction, a decent music score and an archaic storyline, it can be categorized as a one-time watch.