The biggest question for Maneesh Sharma's 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' was would it recreate the magic of 'Band Baja Baraat'? While the film is definitely a fun onetime watch, it lacks the spark of the team's last outing.
What's missing in this film? Nikhat Kazmi writes in her review:
Firstly, there is no humour, no earthy flavour (remember the vows on the bread pakora), no tingling chemistry between the lead pair -- everything which made the first film such a winner. More importantly, Anushka has a role only post-interval and the first half is devoted to his exploits with the other three girls.
The pace of the narrative is important in a con story and Raja Sen in his review points out the biggest flaw of the film:
There is a plot in Maneesh Sharma's latest, but essentially imagine a long and rather unfunny Khosla Ka Ghosla and you'll get the gist. Ricky Bahl swindles a bunch of interesting but gullible women, and they -- in Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less fashion -- scheme to get their own back, hiring a woman to con the conman. Yada yada yada, and so we have a template film you can essentially predict. It might still have worked if not for the inexplicably sluggish pace and forgettable songs thrown in every few scenes, killing any possibility of a narrative rhythm.
The good thing about the film is that the characters manage to entertain, especially Parineeti Chopra. Rajeev Masand says that Maneesh Sharma can count on his actors:
Anushka Sharma is in fine form as the pushy salesgirl who's hired for this improbable mission, but the script asks so little of her. Ranveer Singh is competent and gets some lovely moments to shine — watch how he virtually casts a spell on a girlfriend's parents when he carries her home in the wee hours of the morning, promising them he'll always safeguard her dignity — but after a crackling debut as a quirky unconventional lead last year, with this film he's struggling to fit into the traditional definition of a star. The film belongs to its three supporting actresses, and particularly to Parineeti Chopra who injects a huge dollop of zing into what might have otherwise been a glossy failure.
Maneesh Sharma, Anushka and Ranveer were so good in their last film and this one just fails to live up to the expectations. The film was advertised as a con film but the director feels obligated to thrown in the love angle and the mandatory songs. Mayank Shekhar says in his review:
At worst, the film remains then a yawn inducing, half explained romance; at best, it's an effortless watch all the way.
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