A conman spends 15 years duping women until three of his victims gang up and put him against a glib-talking salesgirl who’s on their side. But ultimately the con-man gets conned – by stupid Cupid.
The plot: Bubbly Punjabi girl Dimple (Parineeti Chopra) from Delhi dates gym instructor Sunny Singh (Ranveer Singh in his 1st avatar) who dupes her dad of Rs. 20 lakh and vanishes. Ditto with Lucknow-based young widow Saira (Aditi Sharma) who is bowled over by Iqbal (Ranveer Singh in his 2nd roop) before he disappears with Rs. 10 lakh from her family. Hard-nosed Mumbai woman Raina (Dipannita Sharma) gets conned by Deven Shah (Ranveer Singh in a 3rd disguise).
The three women get together and trace him to Goa with a plot on their mind. For all this they need a con-woman who comes in the form of convincing saleswoman Ishika Patel (Anushka Sharma). But Ricky Bahl (Ranveer’s real identity) is too smooth an operator to fall in line. Until love comes knocking on his door.
The good: The film has some decent performances by newcomer Parineeti Chopra as well as the rest of the cast. Ranveer is at his best in his Delhi boy avatar, a reprisal of his Punjabi act in Band Baajaa Baraat. There are some luscious locations and some skin show too by Anushka which however do not cover up for the basic lack of an energetic script.
The dialogues (by yet another BBB favourite, Habib Faisal) are funny and do manage to get some laughs.
The bad: Almost a year after the release of Band Baajaa Baraat, this one gets you nostalgic, reminding you of the Delhi boy image of Ranveer Singh and his “buinness partnership” with his all-time favourite Anushka Sharma.
The story by Aditya Chopra is flat (like Bachna Ae Haseenon), lacks fizz and is predictable. Even the end where the con-man finally becomes a nice guy after falling in love with the con-woman is yawnably expected and not worth the monotonous wait.
The direction (also by BBB craftsman Maneesh Sharma) has absolutely nothing fresh to look forward to while the music (Salim-Sulaiman) has no great tracks like our old favourite ‘Ainvayi ainvayi’ which still manages to make people get up and do a jig.
Ladies vs Ricky Bahl doesn’t flow naturally and appears to have been artificially weaved because a film had to be made.
The second half where the three targets fooled by Ricky lay an elaborate plan to get their money back, is juvenile and lacks both smartness and humour.
Overall: Ranveer Singh is lucky that he made his debut with BBB and not with this low-on-energy Yashraj offering. Missing is the spunk and spark of BBB. It is hard not to compare BBB and this flick since the cast and crew have been repeated. In the comparison, Ricky Bahl definitely disappoints.
– Pooja Thakkar