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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 6,756 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Musical | Romance
  • Release Date: 12 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 167 min
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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 6,756 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Musical | Romance
  • Release Date: 12 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 167 min
  • Filming Location: Amritsar, Punjab, India
  • Budget: INR 220,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $2,074,346(USA)(11 January 2009)
  • Director: Aditya Chopra
  • Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vinay Pathak and Anushka Sharma
  • Original Music By: Salim Merchant  (as Salim-Sulaiman) Suleiman Merchant  (as Salim-Sulaiman) 
  • Soundtrack: Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke, Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital EX | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Marriage | Dancing | Assumed Identity | Musical Segments | Beautiful Woman

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Aditya Chopra  story

Known Trivia

  • Sonam Kapoor did a screen test and was strongly considered for the lead role.
  • As part of the film’s promotional campaign, the film’s teaser trailer was released on November 2, 2008, Shah Rukh Khan’s 43rd birthday.
  • The song “Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte” pays tribute to the legendary Bollywood actors Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Dev Anand, and Rajesh Khanna. Each stanza of the song contains lyrics that represent the titles of songs filmed with those aforementioned actors.
  • The film has no songs performed by Abhijeet and Udit Narayan, two of Shah Rukh Khan’s favorite playback singers. Instead, the male singers are Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Sukhwinder Singh, and Labh Janjua.
  • The film doesn’t feature any songs performed by Yash Raj Films favorite Lata Mangeshkar. The female singers of this movie are Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal.
  • The song “Haule Haule” was shot in three takes. Shah Rukh Khan improvised most of his dance moves throughout the shoot. He later said that while he felt uncomfortable wearing the wig and moustache, it was one of the most relaxing songs he had ever shot.
  • The dancing jodi motif seen throughout the film is the famous Raj Kapoor logo, which was designed after a scene between Raj Kapoor and Nargis in the film Barsaat.
  • As part of the film’s promotional campaign, Yash Raj Films designed special lenticular posters that featured both Surinder Sahni and Raj dancing with Taani.
  • The phrase “Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte,” repeated many times in the movie, is actually a combination of three Bollywood movies that starred the three big Khans: Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke with Aamir Khan, Phir Milenge with Salman Khan, and Chalte Chalte with Shah Rukh Khan, who was the lead in this movie.
  • Shah Rukh Khan has two completely different looks in the film, which were inspired by two contestants on Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?, the game show that he hosts.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Raj shows Taani "I LOVE U" written all over the Amritsar town to express his love for her. The next shot shows a close-up of Taani and one can see the reflection of "I LOVE U" in her eyes, but the it's not a mirror image as it should be.

Plot: A middle-aged man who lost his love for life rediscovers it by assuming a new identity in order to rekindle the romantic spark in his marriage. Full summary »  »

Story: Surinder is married to Taani but there is a huge age gap between them. There is no real romance in the marriage. Then, a dance reality show called "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" airs and Taani wants to participate but can't because her husband is not hip and happening. She has a fear of losing, and she also fears that her friends will laugh at her. Surinder overhears her problem and decides to go in for a makeover. He watches some movies and learns to dance in order to woo his young wife. Throughout the show, Taani keeps falling in love to with this new-and-improved Surinder without once realizing that he's really her husband.Written by mansoor-biggest fan of SRK  


Synopsis: Shy, introverted, and kind-hearted Surinder "Suri" Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) is an office worker for Punjab Power. He quietly falls in love with the daughter of his former professor, beautiful and vivacious Tania "Taani" Gupta (Anushka Sharma), whom he first sees during the preparations for her wedding. Upon their first meeting however, Taani jokingly berates and blames him for setting an impossible set of standards (reiterated by her father) that she was never able to meet as a child. A short while later, Taani’s father suffers a heart attack when the entire wedding party learns that her fiance and his family were killed in a traffic accident. Fearing that Taani will be alone in the world, the professor asks Suri to marry her. Suri concedes; Taani tearfully agrees only to please her father.

After a hasty wedding, Suri takes Taani to his ancestral home in Amritsar. While his good nature leads Suri to treat her with exceptional care and patience, he is too frightened to profess his love for her. However, Taani tells him that while she will try to be a good wife, she can never love him due to having no love left within her. Suri still continues to indulge her every desire. This includes frequent visits to the cinema to see song and dance films which appeal to Taani’s fantasies about romance and her passion for dancing. She soon asks for Suri’s permission, which he grants, to take an expensive dance class with the company Dancing Jodi to escape her mundane life at home.

During one visit to the cinema, Suri feels inadequate in comparison to the strong, masculine images that Taani admires and later asks his childhood friend Balwinder "Bobby" Khosla (Vinay Pathak), a hair-saloon owner, for advice on how to win her love. Bobby is eager to help and suggests a complete makeover (removing his moustache, changing his hairstyle, and giving him a new set of clothing including a pair of sunglasses). Suri is thus transformed into the swaggering, loud, rude, and fun-loving "Raj", named by Suri after the hero in the movie that Taani had admired. He joins the dance class and by chance or, as he believes, by divine intervention becomes Taani’s partner in the competition. Despite Raj’s initial crudeness a result of Surinder’s inexperience with women and his attempt to emulate the "cool" images from movies he and Taani become friends as they work together on their dance routine. Suri feels encouraged when Taani does not tie a rakhi (holy thread) on "Raj’s" wrist during the festival of Raksha Bandhan (for to do so would indicate that she thought of him only as a brother). Thus, after a period of time, Raj declares his love for her.

Suri’s ruse poses a dilemma for both of them. Taani enters into a period of internal conflict, desperately wanting to escape from her despair-filled life through finding a new person to love. Yet despite wanting to escape her loveless marriage, Taani feels compelled to stay with Suri due to the promise that she made to her father. Suri also faces an extraordinary paradox: Taani’s sheer misery as his wife in contrast to her delight with his fabricated alter ego "Raj." He thus attempts to win Taani’s love as Suri, an act which only alienates her further. She eventually runs away to find Raj in order to tell him the predicament she is in, hoping he will help her. He offers to elope with her, which she agrees to tearfully. They set the date for their elopement to the next night, the night of the competition.

On the day of the competition, Suri takes Taani to the Golden Temple in order to garner God’s blessings for her competition that night–and internally, also for her life with Raj. While there Taani has an epiphany in which she believes God has shown her a sign that tells that her marriage to Suri is divinely inspired. For the first time she reflects on her husband and becomes aware of the strength and integrity of Suri’s character. Taani thus tells Raj that she cannot run away with him. She leaves him in what appears to be a state of shock with tears in his eyes. When the time comes for their performance Taani is stunned to see Suri, rather than Raj, join her on stage. It is at that moment that Taani grows to love Suri (rather than Raj) as she discovers his passionate love for her.

The movie failed amidst many expectations..Most of the audience found it very silly.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Aditya Chopra known as producer
  • Yash Chopra known as producer
  • Shah Rukh Khan known as co-producer
  • Sanjay Shivalkar known as executive producer
  • Aashish Singh known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Shah Rukh Khan known as Surinder 'Suri' Sahni / Raj Kapoor
  • Vinay Pathak known as Balwinder 'Bobby' Khosla
  • Anushka Sharma known as Taani Sahni
  • M.K. Raina known as Taani's father
  • Manmeet Singh known as Raju mechanic
  • Bipasha Basu
  • Bobby Bedi known as Tiny Singh
  • Vivan Bhatena (as Vivan Bhathena)
  • Puneet Cheema known as Dance Instructor
  • Alene D'Souza known as Dance Instructor
  • Aneesha Dalal known as Dance Instructor
  • Lara Dutta
  • Areez Gandhi known as M.C. at Dance Competition Finale (as Areesz Gandhi)
  • Rajesh Jain known as Khanna
  • Kajol
  • Vineet Kapoor known as Chedda
  • Darshi Mashru
  • Rani Mukerji
  • Shonali Nagrani
  • Richa Pallod
  • Rushad Rana (as Rana Rushod)
  • Mark Sagato known as Sumo Wrestler
  • Nilofar Salehi known as Dolly
  • Rohit Siobti known as Surinder's friend
  • Anuj Tikku known as D.K.
  • Preity Zinta



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Vidyadhar Bhatte known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Amit Lad known as assistant art director
  • Isha Mahajan known as set dresser
  • Ashwini Shrivastav known as construction coordinator
  • Udai Prakash Singh known as assistant art director




Production Companies:

  • Yash Raj Films

Other Companies:

  • Shree Ganesh Movie Lights  grip and lighting equipment


  • Yash Raj Films (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • AMC Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • AMC Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Bhaskar Joyoti Goswami known as digital compositor
  • Samapika Karmakar known as digital compositor
  • Paresh Patil known as digital matte painter
  • Rohit Prasad known as visual effects
  • Rupeshpatil known as visual effects
  • Ravi Shekhar known as digital compositor
  • Bhanu Partap Singh known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Germany 11 December 2008
  • Netherlands 11 December 2008
  • Canada 12 December 2008
  • France 12 December 2008
  • India 12 December 2008
  • Ireland 12 December 2008
  • Singapore 12 December 2008
  • UK 12 December 2008
  • USA 12 December 2008
  • South Korea 13 October 2009 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Japan 27 March 2010 (Okinawa International Movie Festival)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. tjay_99 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    This movies was one of the most predictable piece of work I have everseen. There was absolutely nothing natural about this movie. From thefirst 10 minutes to the last everything happened as a coincidence andthe actors keep saying it God's reason that they were together, givenstraight form the title RAB NE BANA DI JODI. Shah Rukh has given one ofhis worst performances ever. He over acted as Suri, the geek who workedfor Punjab Power, and even worse while playing Raj, a cool hip guysthat comes out of no where. Although the heroine in this movie, AnushkaSharma, did put a lot of effort into her debut role, but sad to say hercharacter was not well built. I mean seriously, you wont recognize youhusband if he took of his glasses and shaved his mustache? Where didshe think she was going to end up with being friends with Raj? From thefirst time Raj and Taani met, he was flirting with her and kept talkingabout love and just kept overacting to be the coolest person in theplanet. Everything happens coincidentally, from Day 1 of where Suri andTaani met, at her wedding, there just happened to be a bus accidentwhere the whole family of the groom , and the groom himself, dies.Hearing this news her father has a heart attack, and then they aremarried shortly after all this tragedy. How realistic does this soundto you? Even a kid in Pre-school can figure out that there's somethingnot right with this picture. I don't understand how some one can saythis is a good movie in any way: the music including the backgroundscore was mediocre, the photography was below par, the art directionwas bad, everything in the movie from the streets to the garage lookedlike a set, the only realistic looking location was the Golden Temple,the actor has give out a performance with the same crap he has beengiving out for his past 100s of movie, and most importantly the dialogsand the story were absolutely ridiculous. With the movie rating to bebelow par in all these categories how can one say this was a greatmovie. We are in 2009, and Bollywood has been making the same kind ofcrap since the dawn of Indian cinema. One can argue with me by sayingif this movie was crap why did it do so well in the Box Office. Well Ihave 3 letters for you SRK. People will spend money to see SRK'sappearance on screen not matter how crappy the story or the directoris. Well getting back to the movie, I gave this a 1 out of 10 becauseof its impracticality and the redundant storyline over the years ofBollywood cinema.

  2. Unborn P from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    Grrrr……I took my friend who is a crazy SRK fan to watch this "RabNe…" thing thinking at least she might enjoy and I'll enjoy hercompany as I already had known how bad this movie is.

    But it turned out to be so pathetic that even my SRK crazy friend alsocouldn't bear it and decided to wait hopelessly post interval thatsomething good might come. Eventually she quit just 15-20 minutesbefore the "climax" if thats what you can call it. We moved out of thetheatre to do better things on a lazy Sunday evening but lost so muchtime already waiting for some "chamatkar"(miracle) from Rab(God) or"Rab Ne…". My friends condition was similar to that ofAnoushka(Tanni) in a scene when she is watching some movie and runs outof the theatre away from SRK. I wonder if that was an ironic hint forthe audience as well.

    The performance of Shahrukh(Surinder Sahni) is so predictable andirritating that it would make a brain tumor look merciful.Anoushka(Tanni) forgot to join acting classes before entering thisventure and Aditya Chopra needs to revisit direction classes. Even thesongs seemed too forced in certain situations and the chemistry betweenthe lead pair is flat as it was supposed to be touching. In a lovestory there is supposed to be love and not compromise + "good luck"which it appears to be in this case.

    Also I heard a lot of praise about Vinay Pathak's(Sahnis friend)performance. Firstly, he doesn't fit the role of a guy who can producea makeover by just shaving someones moustache. And then he seems to becompeting with Shahrukh Khan in the over-acting business looking morelike the audiences worst enemy than Surinder's best friend.

    Thanks Yash Raj for proving once more that you'll are up for producingonly rehashed bull which we the audience are supposed to digest at anycost.

    Everyone please take a prescription from your doctor for severeheadache and nausea if you plan on visiting this movie.

  3. sammy from India
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    A girl fails to recognise her husband when he is not wearing thosemoustaches. May be there's a deeper meaning attached with herincompetency. A guy changes in nature and spirit the moment he shavesof his moustaches and then back again when he sticks fake ones on hisface. Carl Jung , Freud , Adler should re consider their theory onpersonality types for this guy is out to shove their faces in the mud.

    There is a house which half the size of Fort Knox but has just one roomworth naming on the ground floor.

    A dying professor finds no one better than this guy with such a housefor his daughter who is clearly not amused by all this.

    The guy fights a sumo wrestler in India to win tourist tickets for thiswench; He dances his way to hell to impress this wench . She on herpart finally sees God in his face ( without the moustaches).

    The uncool guy looks smarter than the clean shaven Punk and the wenchreally has to have a bad taste in guys if she finds the fake lookingdude attractive.

    There is a song which comes in from nowhere and we have around 10damsels dancing with our guy dressed up in the various decades of ourmovie world.

    The cool dude proposes to his girl by managing to light up the city as"I Love You" just because he is in the electricity department and thattoo in Punjab where electricity is a highly uncertain commodity.Goodness gracious had the electricity failed in some parts the letterscould have read something highly objectionable and hardly romantic. Yesif he does work in the electricity department couldn't he have askedfor some extra supply to allow himself to get a hot water geyserinstead of taking bath on the terrace with tap water fresh from theBeas. (Seriously, is this the girl he wants for a wife? She doesn'teven want to share the bathroom with him!)

    Ah, yes Although Amritsar is in the plains of the north we have ahighly elevated ground from where one can get a bird's eye view of thesprawling city and specially that of the motor workshop cum garageowned by Our man's buddy where the sole purpose of everyone's existenceis to help the guy out to woo his lady.

    A dancing competition whose theme is too deep for any mortal tounderstand.

    A social setting where the following things can co-exist: Orthodoxy andgirls wearing low cleavage dresses dancing with perfect strangers foran ultra modern dancing competition. Narrow lanes and 18th centuryshopping marts and state of the art Government offices and DancingHalls.

    When I had stepped in to the theater I was a bubbling. sane andreasonable sort of a fellow, when I stepped out I could have gagged anyliving thing in my presence just to relieve my frustration.

    As I drove back from the theater I could catch a glimpse of theBillboard hosting The movie's poster in my rear view mirror I changedthe angle and averted a sudden burst of inexplicable road rage cause bysomething as ridiculous as an Aditya Chopra movie.

  4. vgupta-2 from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm


    Well generally I don't go to cinema to watch Hindi movie but I don'tknow why I really wanted to watch this one… may be because of SRK'snew look..

    I would say first half an hour of the movie is good… few sweetmoments… few jokes here and there… plot building… all nice…

    but then SRk becomes Raj… and from this point onward the moviebecomes pathetic…

    I don't know if they were trying to show a love story or somethingabout split personality…

    Something to be interesting have to be convincing… SRk takes hisglasses and mustache off and he is Raj and with it he is Surinder…

    How stupid they think viewers are?…

    Very week storyline and too much emotional gibberish…

    In my opinion… don't spend your time on it..

  5. ankitnarayanmathur from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    How does Aditya Chopra have the ability to produce, direct, executesuch a rubbish & mindless story line? And even worse, the IMDb userrating is over 6…….

    This is one of the worst movies I saw this year……

    Didn't expect Vinay Pathak to fall to this level…..

    If we can make movies like "Laqshya", "Taare Zameen par", "BlackFriday", "Khosla Ka Ghosla" etc., why bother with these non sense"motion pictures".

    Don't waste 167 min of your time on this movie!! Hope my comment helpyou stay away from this!!! Just trying to help out

  6. silvan-desouza from India
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    Yashraj films are mostly crap, they defy logic and everything but thismovie is one of the funniest i mean check this a person changes hisidentity and his wife can't recognize him? and all rest stupidities andthe ending was pure 1950's classic tripe ShahRukh Khan worked well asSurinder but as raj god help us another Om Shanti Om type What the hellwas all this hamming man? he is trying to do Chak De India type andjust changing his looks won't make him A versatile actor Well about therest stuff, Yash Chopra needs to retire The dancing stuff is not evenworth a Nach Baliye Music is okay, some songs are alright The movieoverall sucks

  7. fabiha_rahman from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    This movie was a totally predictable Bollywood disaster. Why is thetalent in India? Shahrukh Khan does not challenge himself enough.Everyone knew what would happen in the end, no surprise there. I wantto see something new, not the boring old things. I was reallydisappointed.

    It's a waste of time, and money; there's nothing to gain and everythingto lose to this movie.

    Hated it!

    I need something new and fresh, not the boring dancing. Don't watchthis movie. I can't believe it received a 6.9, it should receive a 1, awaste of life.

    I don't like it at all.

  8. Shahnawaz Kherani from India
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    Simply awful What a punishment if watch this movie in theater… I wishIMDb have given option of 0 star than this movie truly deserve 0.horrible music awful acting nonsense songs' lyrics Still won awardscant believe..The worst part was the pacing, and the dialog's – whichwere forgettable. Watching the movie in a theater, I found myselfwaiting for the intermission, and then for the ending. Some viewerswere wise not to wait, and were seen leaving throughout the duration ofthe film I wouldn't watch the movie even if someone paid me the cost ofthe tickets or even gave me a free burger with it. "FINALLY THIS MOVIESUCKS"

  9. pahki-puuta from Finland
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    I thought that this movie was nothing special but tolerable until thestupid ending just ruined it completely. I was waiting for the moviemakers to merge the Suri/Raj characters into a more normal man but no!It would have made perfect sense because the geek and the weird fashionstud were both the same person and Taani loved them both!!!! But thatwasn't meant to be; I watched with growing disgust as the honeymoonphotos flipped by because an ugly, very middle-aged looking geezer anda young, beautiful woman didn't look like a convincing couple at all,more like a father and daughter!! I really hated SRK's mustache when hewas Suri and the Raj character was way over the top and irritating.

  10. raviu_kanth from India
    30 Mar 2012, 6:54 pm

    Their is nothing new in the story,you always know what is happening andwhat is going to happen next.ordinary performance by new actress butthis time sharukh tries to save but it doesn't help. even though themusic is awesome but the story completely disappoints. nothing more tosay about this movie so my verdict is don't watch it,it is not worthwatching

    1/10 for this movie for sharukhs performance

    always there is much hype about sharukh movie so this time also therewas much hype but the movie doesn't redeem the audience it completelyfalls.

    director completely failed to catch the innocence of the nerd characterinstead much importance was given to other macho character which failsto impress the audience.

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