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RAAT GAYI BAAT GAYI - An impressive offbeat flick reminding Govind Nihalani's 'Party'. (Review By Bobby Sing)

02 Jan, 2010 | Movie Reviews / 2010 Releases

After a long gap, comes an impressive and entertaining offbeat flick talking about the extra marital affairs in a comical manner. An intelligent satire on the ever changing relationships of 3 married couples and their reunion; it is not a usual cup of tea for every lover of Hindi Cinema. In fact the movie is strictly for adults and the multiplex viewers who can easily understand the overdose of English conversations included in its narration. And though it revolves around the memory loss of a particular night and its happenings, still it is not a remake or an inspired version of the English Hit “Hangover” as expected.

It’s a comeback movie of writer-actor-director Saurabh Shukla, which excels with its impressive performances, funny dialogues and realistic take on the High Society culture and its famous parties. The story revolves around a weekend party where all the characters are there interacting with each other. Rajat Kapoor arrives there to attend the party along with his wife Irawati and their kid girl. After a few drinks he gets attracted towards Neha Dhupia, who is also there in the party with her boyfriend. They both start with some casual talks and end up being in a room all alone. Now the next morning when Rajat wakes up, he cannot exactly remember what had happened last night and he is still confused that whether they both did ‘it’ or not. From here, starts the actual mix-up where everyone starts blaming the other for his undisclosed and awkward position.
In actual terms, “Raat Gayi Baat Gayi” is not a loud comedy with over the top sexual sequences as seen in some recent lousy comedies. On the contrary it’s a smart and intellectual kind of movie which more or less depends upon the entertaining verbal conversations between its characters. It’s indeed a treat to watch the husbands & wives talking bitterly about their spouses and then later repenting upon their own remarks and feeling sorry for it. In simple words, the movie entertains in its first half where everyone is lovingly teasing each other in the party and then remarkably enlightens its viewers in the second half when the characters move on to the path of their self-realisation.
The most entertaining scenes include the ones where Rajat Kapoor & Vinay Pathak are discussing the one night stand with each other. Later Dilip Tahil joins in, making it even more hilarious and absorbing. Besides that, Saurabh also softly points out towards many famous social superstitions like Feng- Shui and Tarot Reading through some intelligently written scenes in his script. And the last half an hour of the movie, when all the confusions are being cleared about that particular night, proves as a perfect ending for a well directed movie based on the uncontrolled human relationships.
If you loved the artistic kind of movies made in the 70s & 80s, then you will readily appreciate the efforts put in “Raat Gayi Baat Gayi” accompanied by many superlative performances to enjoy. The best act comes from Rajat Kapoor and Vinay Pathak, which gets equally supported by the sizzling beauty, Neha Dhupia who looks too hot in her revealing outfits. Rest of the cast includes, Dalip Tahil, Irawati Harshe, Anu Menon, Navnit Nisshan and Aamir Bashir, who also provide many funny and amusing moments for the viewers. To complete the team lead by Rajat Kapoor there are few special cameos too made by the well known, Ranvir Shorey, Marakand Deshpande and the renowned director Sudhir Mishra.
Interestingly both Ranvir and Marakand have the two most hilarious scenes in the script where Ranvir is talking about his innovative “Kukkad” dish and Marakand is showing his palmistry skills to a lady. Musically the film has nothing exceptional to offer with Ankur Tewari’s musical score mainly working only as a fine filler. Cinematography is captivating with expressive close-ups, soothing lighting and innovative colour schemes used in the backgrounds.
Incidentally, “Raat Gayi Baat Gayi” reminded me of another realistic gem called “Party” (1984), which also revolved around a similar get-together sequence involving several characters from the richer section of the society. The 80s masterpiece was directed by Govind Nihalani and it seems that the movie was somehow there in Saurabh’s mind while writing the script of his current venture. The climax was also pretty close to Rajat’s own movie on wife swapping with the title “Mixed Doubles” released in 2006.
Summing up, ‘Raat Gayi Baat Gayi” is a well directed and superbly acted movie which will mostly appeal to the thinking viewers who love the realistic, offbeat and artistic kind of cinema. Go for it if you are a fan of this particular genre.
Rating : 3 / 5

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02 Jan 2010 / Comment ( 2 )

Hi Bobby ,
Wish you a happy new year 2010 from Algeria !
Thanks for your articles.

Bobby Sing

Thanks Fatiha and a very Happy New Year to you too and everyone there in Algeria.
I am glad to hear that you all read and appreciate my articles a lot......thats really encouraging.

So keep logging and do write your valubale comments more often.

Take Care and Happy New Year once again to you all.


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