Ladies vs Ricky Bahl

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Ladies vs Ricky Bahl
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Maneesh Sharma
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Screenplay by Devika Bhagat
Story by Uday Chopra
Starring Ranveer Singh
Parineeti Chopra
Anushka Sharma
Dipannita Sharma
Aditi Sharma
Music by Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography Aseem Mishra
Ravi K. Chandran
Editing by Namrata Rao [1]
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates
  • 9 December 2011 (2011-12-09)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR20 crore (US$3.3 million)[2]
Box office INR37 crore (US$6.2 million)

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl is a 2011 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film stars Ranveer Singh opposite Anushka Sharma in lead roles along with Dipannita Sharma, Aditi Sharma and debutant Parineeti Chopra. In the film, Ranveer plays a conman named Ricky Bahl who cons women until three of these women unite to con him back. This story is inspired by the Hollywood movie John Tucker Must Die. New movie The Other Woman is being made on to same script. It was released on 9 December 2011 to mixed response from critics, and was an above average grosser at the box office.[3]

Plot[edit]

Dimple Chaddha (Parineeti Chopra) is a spoilt brat and the only daughter of Sandeep Chaddha, the creator of "Chaddha Industries", a huge finance company in Delhi. Her boyfriend, Sunny Singh, convinces her father that he really loves her. The next day, he breaks into an old bungalow and throws stones at it, harassing the residents. He explains his actions to Dimple: The bungalow he vandalized actually belongs to his father, who died recently, and it had been illegally encroached upon by the tenants. He has to pay thousands in taxes, lest he is arrested.

Dimple convinces her father to help Sunny get his ancestral property back, to which Sandeep agrees. Unbeknownst to Sandeep, the family living there had a stay order and had a family dispute in the court for years, and there was no "Sunny Singh" involved, which meant that Sunny had conned Dimple. Dimple becomes heartbroken and tries tracing Sunny, who, in the meanwhile, is boarding a flight to Mumbai, with the money he received by conning Dimple's father.

Flash forward to today: In Mumbai, Ricky is working as a janitor. There, he spies on Raina Parulekar (Dipannita Sharma), who is a headstrong go-getter businesswoman in a big PR firm called Synergy Services. She has been ordered by her boss to obtain an M.F. Hussain painting which is sold out everywhere. Ricky attracts Raina's attention by a planned "chance" meeting, where he, pretending to be an art aficionado named "Deven Shah", tells her that he has been loaned that same painting for an art exhibition by a reputed businessman (Mr. Suri). Raina, desperate to deliver on her promise, fails to identify the fake painting and falls into the trap laid by Deven.

To buy the painting, she is made to deal with the owner of the painting, Mr. Suri, over the phone, as he is not available to meet at such short notice. Mr. Suri (who is actually Ricky, using a voice encryption software), after much deliberation, agrees to sell the painting for 90 lakh rupees, which he tells Raina to handover to the "honest and innocent Deven". She hands over Rs.60 lakhs to Deven as advance. At the grand party, the real "Mr. Suri" contacts Raina's boss and reprimands him over the phone for using his name in a transaction which never happened. Humiliated, Raina's boss immediately fires Raina for her ignorant mistake, accusing her of trying to con the company for Rs.60 lakhs. Humiliated, Raina reveals to the media about Deven Shah, who has duped her for a fake Hussain painting. Dimple sees the news on TV and suspects that Deven Shah could be "Sunny". She contacts Raina, who instantly recognizes that Sunny Singh is indeed Deven Shah. Simultaneously, Raina receives another call from Lucknow from a widow named Saira Rashid (Aditi Sharma), who explains her story of having been conned, for an amount of Rs10 lakh, by a man named Iqbal Khan.

Raina asks Dimple and Saira to come to Mumbai so that they can make a plan to find and con their common conman, who they simply name "Bloody Kameena (BK)" (Bloody Scoundrel). To trace BK, Raina uses the help of one of her hacker friends, who sorts all prepaid numbers from around India which also have the same unique "caller tune" (the famous dialogue by Shah Rukh Khan from "Baazigar"). They finally manage to identify his number and trace him to Goa, where he goes by the alias of "Diego Vaz". To set the plan in motion, Raina decides to hire an acquaintance. Enter Ishika (Anushka Sharma): a really smart, sweet-talking and cunning saleswoman, who'd act as the daughter of an NRI American business tycoon, who wishes to open a restaurant in India and prove to father that she has business acumen. Once Raina, Dimple and Saira reach and find BK in Goa, they call Ishika over to Goa. As a part of their plan, they instruct Ishika to con BK into investing in the (fake) restaurant by offering him a partnership proposal. BK, apparently unaware of the trap set for him, slowly starts falling for it.

However, in the process of conning BK, Ishika falls in love with him, knowing well that BK, in turn, has also fallen in love with her. Ishika is tormented due to a fight between her promise towards the 3 girls vs the true love she has for BK. Ishika says she can't con him any more because they love each other, but the 3 girls pressurize her. BK, unaware of the trap, comes to meet Ishika, only to find the 4 girls loudly arguing about him. He realizes that he has been set up all this while. He is heartbroken, and realizes the pain he gave to everyone when he conned them. But BK remains firm, and wanting vengeance for this "trap" the girls tried to set up for him, he now, in turn, makes a plan to con the four girls. Because he truly loves her, BK confesses he's a conman and wants to leave this life behind, and wants to marry Ishika. The girls set up a fake "father" of Ishika, who orders BK to buy a plot in the name of Ishika, so she can be safe in case BK absconds. BK agrees, but since he does not have enough cash, he asks Ishika to lend him Rs4.5 million, half of the plot's worth. The deal is made and all the property papers are transferred to Ishika. But they soon realize that this was all a con by BK : He bought the worthless "swamp" plot for 300,000 under a fake alias, then asked the agent to sell that same land to Ishika (knowing she's involved with the other 3 girls) for 9 million. That way, the money (4.5 million) which Ishika had conned out of BK would come back to him. The three girls blame Ishika for cheating them, and vent their anger out on her. Ishika leaves and returns to Mumbai. The three return to pack up and leave, only to find BK sitting in their garden. He explains why he came back, that he didn't feel good about conning the girl he truly loved, and that the four girls have changed him into now becoming an honest and decent man. He returns their money – Rs.10 million – he stole from the three combined, and leaves.

The three girls realize BK's and Ishika's love for each other and reunite them. He lands up in Mumbai, confronts Ishika and proposes to her. In the end, on being probed by Ishika, BK reveals his real name to be "Ricky Bahl", and the movie ends with them kissing each other followed by a song.

Cast[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Aseem Mishra and Ravi K Chandran have used as zoom lens an Angenieux Optimo.[4]

Reception[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was released in India on 9 December 2011. Upon release, the film received mixed to positive reviews. Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's cousin, Parineeti Chopra, has made her acting debut in the film and most critics have praised her highly for her acting skills. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and said: "Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl is, at best, a decent fare, which appeals in parts. The film starts well, even ends well. It's the in between that's plain ordinary. Ideally, the film merits a two-and-a-half star rating, but that extra half star is for Ranveer and Anushka, who steal your heart with truly striking performances.[5] Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India gave the film 3 from 5 stars adding: "There is no humour, no earthy flavour, no tingling chemistry between the lead pair. What does work in favour of the film are its performances and its non-hysterical tenor."[6] Komal Nahta from Koimoi gave it 3 star as well stating: Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl is a fair entertainer. What is good about it is: The basic plotline; some con-game sequences; performances; music NDTV gave the film 2.5 stars from 5, calling it predictable and adding that the loses out on the great chemistry between the two leads. But it is still great to watch. However, he praised the performance of Ranveer Singh.[7] So did Rajeev Masand who, in his review for IBN Live, described it as watchable but thought that it could've been so much more fun.[8] Zee News gave i 3/5 stars, stating that "A good option to get entertained this weekend and reconnect with the BBB jodi for some laughter and foot stomping again! go watch Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl."

Unlike their last success, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma, despite receiving good reviews from critics, both failed to make a mark together. Parineeti Chopra, the only one to get appreciation of the whole cast received accolades for her bubbly performance.

Box Office[edit]

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl had a mixed first day with many places recording low first day collections, but some multiplexes recording 50–60% for the first day. The collection improved well in Delhi and Punjab area throughout the day. The multiplexes dominated areas saw good to decent occupancy while single screened areas remain on lower side. The film had a decent first day collections of INR4.75 crore.[9][10] During the second day of release, it showed good improvement and collected INR 5.50 crore. Collections rose once again on Sunday and it collected a whopping sum of INR6.25 crore which brings the 3 day total to INR16.50 crore approx.[11] The film remained steady on Monday, with collections around INR2.50 crore nett, taking the four day total to 19 crore nett approx.[12] The film also put up a decent first week collection, grossing INR23 crore nett.[13][14] Overall, it did decent business at the box office and earned INR37 crore in full theatrical run .[15]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut Parineeti Chopra Won
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Parineeti Chopra Nominated
Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female Parineeti Chopra Won
Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress Parineeti Chopra Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut Parineeti Chopra Won
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female Parineeti Chopra Nominated
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Apsara Award for Best Female Debut Parineeti Chopra Won
Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Parineeti Chopra Won
Stardust Awards Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Parineeti Chopra Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Best Choreography Vaibhavi Merchant Won
Cosmopolitan Awards Fun Fearless Female Debutante Parineeti Chopra Won
Global Indian Film and Television Honours Most Promising Fresh Face – Female Parineeti Chopra Won
FICCI Frames 2012 Awards Best Female Debut Parineeti Chopra Won
Stardust Awards Stardust Award for Best Comedy – Romance Actress Anushka Sharma Won

Soundtrack[edit]

Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
Soundtrack album by Salim-Sulaiman
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Sony Music India[16]
Producer Salim Sulaiman

The song "Jigar Da Tukda" won the most atrocious lyrics award at the Golden Kela Awards in 2012. [17]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Aadat Se Majboor"   Benny Dayal, Ranveer Singh 04:38
2. "Thug Le"   Vishal Dadlani, Shweta Pandit 03:39
3. "Jigar Da Tukda"   Salim Merchant, Shrraddha Pandit 04:14
4. "Jazba"   Shilpa Rao 04:39
5. "Aadat Se Majboor (Remix)"   Benny Dayal, Ranveer Singh 04:34
6. "Jazba (Remix)"   Anushka Manchanda 04:02
7. "Fatal Attraction"   Instrumental 03:34
Total length:
28:00

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