Whats Your Raashee? [Hindi [transliteration]: ????? ??? ?????, translation: Whats Your zodiac sign?] is a Hindi film directed by director Ashutosh Gowarikar. The movie is based on the Doordarshan TV serial Mr. Yogi and US-based Gujarati writer Madhu Ryes novel Kimball Ravenswood and stars Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra. The film began shooting in Mumbai, on 6 December 2008.
Priyanka Chopra plays 12 different characters depicting the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Each character has a trait related to each respective Astrological sign. She is the first actress in the world to play twelve different characters in a single film.
* Harman Baweja... Yogesh Patel
* Priyanka Chopra... Anjali / Sanjana / Kajal / Hansa / Rajni / Chandrika / Mallika / Nandini / Pooja / Vishakha / Bhavna / Jhankhna - see Various characters played by Priyanka Chopra
* Dilip Joshi... Jitu, Yogeshs brother
* Darshan Jariwala... Devu, Yogeshs uncle
* Anjan Srivastav... Yogeshs father
* Manju Singh... Yogeshs mother
* Rajesh Vivek... Astrologer/Detective
* Yuri Suri... Moolraj, mob boss
* Daya shankar Pandey
* Visswa Badola
* Bhairavi Vaidya
* Geeta Tyagi
* Ajita Kulkarni
* Presenters: UTV Motion Pictures & Ashutosh Gowarikar Productions
* Director: Ashutosh Gowarikar
* Producers: Ronnie Screwvala & Sunita A. Gowariker
* Screenplay: Naushil Mehta & Ashutosh Gowarikar
* Dialogue: Naushil Mehta, Amit Mistry & Tapan A. Bhatt
* Music: Sohail Sen
* Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
* Cinematography: Piyush Shah
* Art Director: Nitin Chandrakant Desai
* Costume Design: Neeta Lulla
* Make-Up: Madhav Kadam
* Sound: Stephen Gomes
* Choreographers: Chinni Prakash, Rekha Prakash, Raju Khan, Lollypop, Terence Lewis and Rajeev Surti
The movie starts off in a quaint rural village where an elderly man, Yogeshs grandfather is eagerly awaiting the postman. Upon the postmans arrival, he gets a card addressed to him from his youngest grandson Yogesh. He decides then and there that his inheritance will go to Yogesh.
The scene then flips to Mumbai, where Yogeshs family is consulting an astrologer to find out whether their eldest son Jitu, is destined for jail, as he has many pending debts. They are relieved to hear he is not, and gives the astrologer their younger son, Yogeshs birth date to find out what his future is. The astrologer is astonished to see that Yogesh, will come into much money if he is married on the 20th of that month, and right then a phone call comes. The family is overjoyed to see that their grandfather has made Yogesh the sole heir to his property.
The movie then flips to Chicago where you see Yogesh, a very successful young man with a high paying job. He gets an SMS that his father has had a heart attack and comes rushing to Mumbai. When he arrives he finds out that he was lied to by Jitu. The family then explains the situation that, Jitu owes a very rich man 2.5 crores, which he whiled away in gambling, and if Yogesh doesn''t marry on the 20th, then Jitu will go to jail. Yogesh is adamant at first that he will NOT marry, but then Jitu pulls him aside and tells him that there is more. He had also borrowed 1.5 crores from a mob boss who was on his tail to pay him back and that if he doesnt, he is afraid he will be killed. His parents don''t know about it and he wants to keep it that way. Yogesh is annoyed but agrees to marry. At this time they are standing outside the apartment where they live when two rough looking men come up to Jitu and say that boss wants to meet you, they then take Jitu and Yogesh to meet him where Jitu promises the mob boss that his money will be delivered on the day of the wedding during the reception. The mob boss agrees but threatens them that if he doesn''t get his money, he will cut their fingers off.
Yogesh then goes to meet with his uncle and father. His Uncle Devu had posted an ad with Yogeshs photo, and 176 girls had replied. Yogesh realized he couldn''t see so many girls at once so he decides that he will see one girl from each rashee [zodiac sign] after reading a book about rashees the previous night. After their meeting, Uncle Devu''s wife comes to ask a favor from Yogeshs father. She asks for him to assign a private detective to follow her husband because she suspects that he is cheating on her. When his father tries to find one he finds out the astrologer is also a private detective. They agree that he will tail Devu to find out the girls name and address. Then Devu takes Yogesh to meet the girls.
The plot then evolves into a series of meetings with each of the twelve girls, and many songs corresponding to each one. [See Various characters played by Priyanka Chopra for a list of all the girls.] During this time, the sub-plot with the detective moves forward as well, and he identifies the mistress as a lady named Anila.
When Yogesh has met with most of the girls, one of them, Sanjana meets him and asks if they can talk in private. He agrees and while he packs his things from his bedroom Sanjana talks to him about how a boy has agreed to marry her and her uncle and aunt are ignoring her refusal. She asks that Yogesh accepts her proposal long enough for her to figure out something about her boyfriend. He accepts after telling her about his own problems with Jitu. Sanjana is touched that Yogesh is still willing to help her even with all of his problems and hugs him. Right at this moment Devu walks in and thinks he has interrupted their "moment". Sanjana wants to explain to him that he has got it all wrong and runs after him. Downstairs the private detective is still tailing Devu. He doesnt know that Devu has been staying with Anila at the hotel and watches the meeting between Sanjana and Devu take place. He watches Devu talk to her, then Sanjana shows him a picture, but when he says something, she gets angry and tries to leave. Devu stops her and she bursts into tears crying into his shoulder while he holds her. They then get up and go to Devus car and drive off. Yogeshs father arrives at the hotel because the detective sent him the pictures he snapped of Sanjana and Devu as Yogesh himself is coming down the stairs. The private detective tells them he believes that Devu is having an affair with Sanjana. Yogesh thinks back and realizes that its true. After seeing the pictures that the detective took, he is certain. Yogesh asks the detective to send the pictures to his phone. Then Anila comes downstairs asking where Devu is. He shows her the photos and says that the detective says he and Sanjana went to Khandala, a hill-station near Mumbai. The detective tells Devus wife the same thing. Both find Devu at a hotel with Sanjana. Anila and Devus wife both ask who the other is. Sanjana says hi to them politely but they take no notice. The scene changes to Yogesh and Devu getting in a car, both are angry with each other because Devu thinks that Yogesh betrayed him and Yogesh is angry at him for messing around with Sanjana.
After seeing the last girl, that night, Yogeshs mother talks to him, and apologizes for making him go through this trouble, and tells him to choose who his heart wants, not his mind. While dreaming, Yogesh sees all the girls [in the song "Chehre Jo Dekhe Hain"] and in the morning, decides who he will marry. He arrives at Rajnis office, obviously going only because she offered 5 crores of dowry, even though Yogesh refused, when he discovers that his friend and Rajni are to be married. He leaves, very relieved and goes to his Devus place. He says that he wants to marry Vishakha, and Devu dials the phone only to reject her. He says that there is no need to marry her, because he has found out about Jitus debt, and says that he will choose Yogeshs bride himself.
The next day he asks his uncle to tell him the name of his bride, but Devu says to be patient. When the bride enters, Yogesh cannot tell, because they all looked the same. When they are finished with the rounds around the marriage pyre, Devu welcomes the father of the bride as Sanjanas father. Yogesh is staggered, and at this time Yogeshs grandfather appears and brings with him all the money needed to pay off Jitus various debts. He explains that Devu called him and explained what was going on. While the pay off is occurring, Yogesh pulls Devu aside to ask him how he had arranged for Sanjana to marry him.
Devu explains that the afternoon where Sanjana had followed him to explain that she and Yogesh were not romantically linked she had shown him a picture of her and her boyfriend together. He said he had been shocked because he had seen the same man in Khandala kissing another woman. This was why Sanjana had been angry, and ended up crying so he took her to Khandala to prove to her that he had been right. Thats why he had been at the hotel because Sanjana had gone to confront her boyfriend. In the end she was crying on his shoulder, when Anila and his wife Kanta both showed up. He then asked Sanjana if she would marry Yogesh and she agreed instantly because she realized she loved him. Upon hearing this, Yogesh realized he loved Sanjana as well. They are happily married and the movie ends with everyone asking Yogesh what his rashee is.
The music of the film was composed by Sohail Sen and the lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar and Sohail sen The music was released on 18 August 2009.The album has 13 songs, 12 for each zodiac sign, represented by 12 characters played by Priyanka Chopra, and one introductory song.
The film earned only Rs. 11,71,00,000 during its run and was designated as a flop by Box Office India. The films telecasting rights have been sold to Tata Sky for their Showcase Premiere.Priyankas name will also be published in the Guinness world book of records for playing 12 roles in a single movie.
Whats Your Raashee? premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 19 September 2009. The initial reviews of the movie were negative, especially blaming the films run time. Variety wrote, "the film stretches to a 211 minutes, even Bollywood aficionados will consider breaking the engagement. Two or three peppy songs prove woefully insufficient to sustain a 3½-hour trifle, however good-looking."
After finishing the first schedule of the movie, Ashutosh Gowarikar wanted Nabeel Abbas to design the first look of the film. Ashutosh and Nabeel came up with the unique concept for the first look of the film. The teaser poster was released on 20 January 2009. The poster looked like a book cover that, according to Gowarikar, "will not reveal much about the film at the same time will have a feel of the film."
Whats Your Raashee? is a romantic comedy dealing with marriage. The author calls the novel a side-splitting tingly comic, which studies human nature. It has many devilish characters and can be termed even as a sex thriller. But he also said that, Ashutosh Gowarikar might make few alterations in the plot to make it more appealing. The movie is Ashutosh Gowarikars first romantic comedy film. In a press interview Gowarikar said "It is a genre that I have always loved and I had always wanted to attempt. My favourite films of this genre are "Roman Holiday" and "When Harry Met Sally", amongst several others. Im also a great fan of Chupke Chupke and all romantic comedies of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee".The movie went on floors on 6 December. It is being shot across 65 different locations in Mumbai. The director said that shooting for this movie is more challenging that his previous effort, 2008s Jodha Akbar, since the shooting is not in one location and the crew has to continuously move around which is time consuming. The production of the movie entered its second schedule in the midweeks of January. A few parts of this schedule is supposed to be shot in Chicago as well as Baroda. The film was shot in a single start-to-finish schedule. The final wrapping of the shooting was in April 2009.
The song "Aaja Lehraate" was shot in one take. It was a draining process for Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja, as one mistake they made would require them to shoot the song from the beginning, which happened many times. Priyanka Chopra fell ill due to the stress of shooting the film, and filming had to be delayed while she took a rest.
This is the second movie that Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra will be paired in pivotal roles after Love Story 2050. According to the director, Harman was signed for this movie before Love Story 2050 was produced. Later, Priyanka Chopra joined the cast. Priyanka will be playing twelve different characters, each representative of a zodiac sign. Each character will have a unique look for each individual starsign.
Various characters played by priyanka chopra
| Character Name
|| Zodiac Sign
| Anjali Patel
|| Anjali, a dorky small town girl, does not speak English properly. She has only done her schooling.
||Positive: For Yogesh, she seems to be a girl of clear intentions; they find a comfort zone for each other.
||Negative: Yogesh doesnt feel as romantic as he is friendly with her. She is dorky. She pretends to a fashionable girl thinking thats a type of girl Yogesh would like.
| Vishakha Zaveri
|| Vishakha, beautiful daughter of a very rich cotton industrialist, believes she likes simple life but that isnt the fact actually, is playful and very immature in behavior.
||Positive: Beautiful, energetic, friendly and playful. Fun-loving person.
||Negative: Acts like she is a kid to test Yogeshs intentions, thus making him think that it would be difficult for both of them to adjust with each other.
| Kajal Khakhar
|| Kajal, a fashionable and high-class, romantic college girl.
||Positive: She is very outgoing, a good dancer, and loves to have a good time. She is also into music like Yogesh. Educated, and a brilliant all-rounder. They have a lot in common; they find themselves to be compatible for each other.
||Negative: She argues a lot though Yogesh doesnt get bothered about it much. Her ideas vary from his. She wants the marriage to take place after one year.
| Hansa Parekh
|| Hansa, an honest, dedicated and educated girl whose own love affair was a failure.
||Positive: Quiet, traditional, honest, hard-working and educated.
||Negative: She is still getting over her previous love affair, but confines Yogesh that to be a good wife, but cannot assure him that she will love him unconditionally. Yogesh respects her more when she exposes the truth.
| Mallika Desai
|| Mallika, a successful performer, works for the cause of an NGO.
||Positive: Charity worker, has a great sense for fashion and a magnificent theater dancer.
||Negative: Quick-tempered, has preconceived notions about NRIs. Rejects Yogesh.
| Pooja Goradia
|| Pooja, a dedicated doctor by profession, she feels the need to work in Indian villages.
||Positive: Educated, caring and loving. Yogesh liked Pooja very much.
||Negative: Did not want to settle abroad.
| Rajni Parmar
|| Rajni, a successful business tycoon.
||Positive: Well-balanced, has established strong foot-hold over her business.
||Negative: Too bossy, sees marriage as a contract. Her pre-nuptial agreement shocked Yogesh. Strict and rude, wants to use Yogesh.
| Nandini Jassani
|| Nandini, an ambitious small town girl who has big dreams of becoming a model one day in Chicago.
||Positive: Beautiful, kind, passionate, knows a lot about Chicago where worlds top model agency is situated.
||Negative: Hides her real image and a bit "In-your-face." Yogesh feels Nandini only wants to marry him so that she can go to Chicago and become a model.
| Bhavna Shukla
|| Bhavna, a religious and superstitious girl.
||Positive: Very plain, expert in astrology, religious and spiritual in nature.
||Negative: Relies on stars and horoscopes, and realizes that she and Yogesh are incompatible. Then she unsuccessfully tries to seduce him.
|| Jhankhna, a 15 year old village girl.
||Positive: Simple, quiet, lives in her own little world, wants to study more.
||Negative: 15 years old [too young], nervous and aloof.
| Sanjana Shah
|| Sanjana, an attractive and successful microbiologist.
||Positive: NRI, Well-educated microbiologist, has a lot in common with Yogesh.
||Negative: She asks Yogesh to reject her, because she herself has a secret boyfriend.
| Chandrika Jamnadas
|| Chandrika, a traditional naive girl, daughter of a rich jeweler.
||Positive: Sweet and elegant.
||Negative: Hesitant and fearful at the start but later, gets little too out of the world, thinks her and Yogesh were lovers in the previous life. Overly possessive.
Source : What's Your Raashee? Wiki Page