The film stretches to a whopping 211 minutes.

For an hour, “What’s Your Raashee?” — the first romantic comedy from director Ashutosh Gowariker (“Jodhaa Akbar”) — zips along on a silly premise: Returning home to Mumbai, a young and handsome Chicagoan (Harman Baweja) has 10 days to find a wife and earn Grandpa’s inheritance, lest his brother’s gambling debt bring the family down. But as Baweja’s sweet Yogesh proceeds to “interview” each of a dozen ladies (all played by Priyanka Chopra), and the film stretches to a whopping 211 minutes, even Bollywood aficionados will consider breaking the engagement. Likable leads can’t guarantee a sizable dowry upon the pic’s Sept. 25 release.

Each with a different astrological sign (or raashee), Chopra’s prospective brides run the gamut. Girl No. 1 is ditzy; No. 2 is a hot microbiologist with, alas, a boyfriend; the gum-snapping third girl occasions a big dance number; the fourth is painfully shy, a victim of past heartbreak; the fifth is a fussy businesswoman who brings along a prenup agreement; and after the sixth, who believes in reincarnation, there are still six more to go. Two or three peppy songs prove woefully insufficient to sustain a 3½-hour trifle, however good-looking.

What's Your Raashee?



A UTV Motion Pictures and Ashutosh Gowariker Prods. presentation. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Sunita A. Gowariker. Executive producer, Lawrence D'Souza. Co-producers, Zarina Mehta, Deven Khote, Siddharth Roy Kapur. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Screenplay, Naushil Mehta, Gowariker, Amit Mistry, Tapan A. Bhatt, from the novel "Kimball Ravenswood" by Madhu Rye.


Camera (color, widescreen), Piyush Shah; editor, Ballu Saluja; music, Sohail Sen; lyrics, Javed Akhtar; art director, Nitin Chandrakant Desai; costume designer, Neeta Lulla; choreographers, Chinni Prakash, Rekha Prakash, Raju Khan, Lollypop, Terence Lewis, Rajeev Surti. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Gala Presentations), Sept. 17, 2009. Running time: 211 MIN.


Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra, Manju Singh, Aanjjan Shrivastava, Visswa Badola, Rajesh Vivek, Dilip Joshi, Dayashankar Pandey, Yuri, Bhairavi Vaidya, Geeta Tyagi, Ajita Kulkarni, Darshan Jariwala. (Hindi, English dialogue)
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