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Behen Hogi Teri  : Small Town Delights
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Friday, June 9, 2017
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Ajay Pannalal
Rajkummar Rao, Shruti Haasan, Gautam Gulati, Darshan Jariwala, Gulshan Grover, Ranjeet

The familiar North Indian custom of labelling someone from the opposite sex a sister or a brother to establish that there’s nothing hanky-panky in the relationship, is a wonderfully relatable and fresh premise.

 

Writer Vinit Vyas and director Ajay Pannalal make it even more refreshing by using light comedy all the way to send home the message, “Hey, bro, every girl isn’t my sister.”

 

Because that’s precisely what hero Gattu’s problem is. He’s been in love with neighbor Binny since they were kids. But his family and hers have constantly referred to him as Binny’s brother. “Why?” laments the young lover, especially after he discovers that Binny too, has far from sisterly feelings for him.

 

But she wants him to show himmat, courage. And Gattu’s a coward whose silence is taken as acceptance of the brother-sister status. Until the climactic outburst when he questions, “Why should all women be our mothers and sisters? Tell me honestly, when a boy looks at a girl, is his first thought, hey, there goes my sister?”

 

To reach that point, Vinit Vyas’ screenplay delightfully showcases the mentality of a small townwith gossip when a girl goes pillion riding with a boy and a neighbour’s wife stands outside the door to hear a family squabble inside. The rumours build up into a merry confusion where both their families believe she’s involved with his best friend Bhura who has a gangster background. So Binny’s brother gets her engaged to a suitable boy called Rahul from France. And Gattu helplessly plays brother to her as she’s juggled between his best friend Bhura and Rahul, her fiancé.

 

Black comedy around Binny’sdadi’s death and a drunken scene where Shah Rukh Khan’s Rahul roles are hilariously torn to pieces are two of many scenes that have the viewer giggling.

 

Rajkummar Rao in a rare light role as Gattu keeps the film brimming with his perfect comic timing while Herry Tangiri as friend Bhura steals the show many a time. Shruti Hassan is so pretty that it’s no wonder Gattu could never look at her as a brother.

 

The supporting cast has Darshan Jariwala and Ninad Kamath pitching in to top up the entertainment. Villains Ranjit and Gulshan Grover are brought in later for some gangster appeal which too has its humorous moments.

 

Vinit Vyas’ dialogues are witty but make the relevant point that the silly tradition of tying a rakhi or forcing a sibling relationship is no way to wave away a natural attraction. 

 

This is Tanu Weds Manu territory but far more underplayed and not so over-the-top.

 

For a clean, light-hearted film that has something healthy to say, Behen Hogi Teri gets a 3* rating.

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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