Sharma Ki Dulhaniya team is back with freshness and effervescence. With robust
Varun Dhawan as Badri from Jhansi and the radiant Alia Bhatt as Vaidehi from
Kota, youthfulness flows easily and in abundance.
Writer-director Shashank Khaitan harks back to small
town India where dowry, dominating dads and docile women are still de rigueur. But
Khaitan’s writing allows the gravity of these age-old issues to filter through
layers of light-hearted humour, so the point is made without getting ponderous.
Like a heart attack button and fathers bonding over oxygen cylinders when a
marriage alliance is being fixed. Or a ‘Jai mata di’ sequence which is not a
religious function but an irreverent setting to find a groom.
I also liked the fact that there aren’t too many
characters cluttering the narration.There’s enough music and dance like ‘Aashiq
Surrender’ to keep the frivolity and the fun going. Being a Dharma Production,
rest assured that Manish Malhotra dresses up Alia in a lovely casual wardrobe
and Aki Narula does it a little more colourfully for Varun.
So all’s well in the world of arranged matches and
loans for dowry when Badri falls in love with Vaidehi at a familiar wedding
scene and enlists his older brother’s help to bring the bride home. But is the
Fortunately, when a smitten Badri meets Vaidehi, it’s
not the nauseating stalking that Hindi cinema specialises in. In fact there’s
another feisty scene in a bus where she makes it clear that she’s just not
interested.Badri, the eligible catch of Jhansi, can’t
But at half-time whenBadri has to turn from energetic
to dramatic,Khaitan’sstory-telling loses its crispness.There’s still a bit of
fun in store in Singapore where Vaidehi trains as an air-hostess. Like the
reverse molestation scene.
But the whole message of spotlighting the respect a
girl deserves is neither something we haven’t heard before nor does Khaitan
take the short route to make his point. In fact, how Vaidehisteps out to prove
her point is questionable and the timing she chooses to do it, sucks for its
insensitivity. Also,Badri still needs Dutch courage from a bottle to confront
his father’s mindset. And most of all,
Khaitan’s narration is unduly prolonged especially when the last scene is so
However, watch this for Varun and Alia Bhatt, they
make an endearing couple. There are several smile-worthy moments and even if
the social message isn’t oven-fresh, it’s still an important item on the Indian
For a breezy entertainer that has something to convey,
Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya gets a 3*
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