The trailer looked promising that had some unique plot, and also considering Ayushmann Khurrana’s choice of films, the film had quite a good expectations to offer some great entertainment. Now let us see what actually the film had offered us – Paisa-Vasool or Dabba-Gul?
It is the story of a family that faces an unusual situation. Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) resides in Delhi with his family comprising of his father Jeetender aka Jeetu (Gajraj Rao), mother Priyamvada (Neena Gupta), grandmother (Surekha Sikri) and younger brother Gullar (Shardul Rana). Nakul is in a steady relationship with his colleague, Reene (Sanya Malhotra). One day Jeetu and Priyamvada get intimate when they are reading the poem written by Jeetu that is published in a magazine. 19 weeks later, Priyamvada falls ill and the doctors inform that she is pregnant. For Nakul and Gullar, the world comes crashing down. Priyamvada is told that if she wants to abort, she should do so within the next 3-4 days. But she doesn’t feel like aborting and decides to go ahead with the pregnancy. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Screenplay & Direction
Story is very simple and relatable. Screenplay is a bit subtle, and dialogues are very witty and funny along with would be loved, as again, they’ll resonate with the audiences. The funny moments are definitely there but the film also has its share of emotional and touching moments. Hence, keep your expectations right and you’ll surely enjoy the fare. Director Sharma demonstrates his true talent here; no doubt curtailed for various reasons in his debut.
Yes, there are points in the first half in which we feel that the film is going to have a dull progression, and the interval also comes at a non-dramatic point. But the second half becomes so entertaining that I, at one point, did not want it to end for a while! However, the director has chosen to keep the film crisp and concise and make the whole proceedings lively but also lifelike!
The film works big time in the second matter as well and is not just a comedy. In fact, the chief weapon of “Badhaai Ho” is that it teaches us that an older couple has the right to be physically close and that if such accidents, so to speak, happen, they also have the right to decide whether, emotionally, health-wise and financially, they want to go ahead and taste parenthood again.
Khurrana has played the woebegone middle-class child before, but he is impressively consistent here, and his anger and his awkwardness feel very real indeed. Sanya Malhotra plays his well-to-do girlfriend, and while she may not have as much to do here as she did a few weeks ago with Pataakha, there are a couple of moments — one when she can’t stop laughing, one when she’s righteously angry in bed — where she sparkles. Neena Gupta is the soul of the film and puts up a very convincing and lovable performance. In several scenes, she expresses so well with her eyes and silences. Gajraj Rao is in top form and steals the show in several scenes. He is like the second hero of the film and fulfills the responsibility ably. Surekha Sikri is out of this world and her scenes are sure to induce claps and whistles. Rest others are good and performed their part well.
Music and Other Technicalities
The title-track is so apt in its cute quotient, whereas the rest of the Punjabi-heavy songs seem out-of-place in a Hindi film, even one based in Delhi. Cinematography is appropriate, and editing could have been crisper at a few places.
Paisa-Vasool or Dabba-Gul?
Definitely Paisa-Vasool film! It surely offers a super deal of entertainment, along with good amount of emotions to keep the social drama alive in it. On the whole, Badhaai Ho is a perfect watch for family audience which will leave a smile on their face along with some great learning.
Rating: 4 Stars