October 21, 2020

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Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review: Rishta Pakka!

There’s a great deal amount of expectations from this movie, especially from the youngsters. And we all probably know what are the reasons behind it. Firstly of course, the fun-locking chemistry between Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt that we have witnessed in their past movies, and secondly that it’s a second instalment of their 2014 hit film ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’. Well, will the film impress again its audience? Will the film repeat the same fate at the box-office just like its first part? Let us review it!

Story

As a typical rom-com, the story revolves around two young people, Badri Bansal (Varun Dhawan) and Vaidehi Trivedi (Alia Bhatt). While the former boy is a non-literate and is considered as an ‘asset’ in his town, the latter girl is quite educated and is being considered as a ‘liability’. While Badri doesn’t have any dream in his life, Badri aims to become an air-hostess. Now one fine day Badri sees Vaidehi in some marriage function and instantly falls in love with her. He then tries to woo her, propose her and convince to get marry with him. But Vaidehi for all the time says a big ‘NO’ to him because she wishes to have a man in her life that earns a very respectful image. She believes that love is nothing without respect.

Now just like a typical Bollywood rom-com film, their fights turn into adorable banters and before you know, she has fallen for him too. But before marriage, Vaidehi wants her elder sister Kiran (Aakanksha Singh) to get marry, since girls are considered as liability in their town. Badri then works hard in a hunt for Vaidehi’s sister perfect match, and eventually find a perfect soul-mate in Bhushan (Aparshakti Khurana). While Kiran and Bhushan get married with parents’ approval, it’s time for Vaidehi and Badri’s marriage.

Now comes a twist, Vaidehi runs away from her own marriage and leaves everybody in shock, including Badri. The very-strict father of Badri orders him to find her so that he can take revenge to run his image in the society. Will the ever-obedient Badri follow his dad’s order and let him take revenge against his love? Why Vaidehi ran away his own marriage? Is she had some selfish intention? What will happen to Badri’s selfless love towards Vaidehi? Answers to all these forms the crux of the story!

Screenplay and Direction

Writer-Director Shashank Khaitan, who made an impressive debut in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), had again sketched out a predictable storyline, but still funny and attention-grabbing sequences all over. Also, the characterization of each and every character done by him is as well commendable and praiseworthy.  In addition, the social message of women empowerment showcased by Khaitan is something one needs to consider and take relative action on it. It’s good to see that such kind of social-relevant messages are coming in the form of an entertaining film, which has its own set of positive affect and impact among the public.

However, the flipside is that in an attempt to make a film that holds quite a good social message of women empowerment, the makers of the film seem to have gone on a preaching overdrive, which is quite visible in quite a few places here. In addition, although the movie is filled with good amount of humour and engaging moments, but the overall screenplay is being misplaced. The second half is spoiled by a huge set-up, where the climax part is suddenly being moved from Jhansi to Singapore via Mumbai, and thus turning into a bit of a messed-up session. Also some of the sequences were looking like as if they were forced in the film as a set of pieces, rather than moving naturally.

To be honest here, Writer-Director Shashank Khaitan did a better job with Badrinath’s prequel Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. In short, the film’s first half is interesting but it’s the second half that plays the spoilsport as it seems stretched and dragged after a point.

Performances

Alia Bhatt puts in a fine performance as the small-town girl who refuses to succumb to the notion that a girl’s sole aim in life is to get married. She emerges as a confident woman who chooses respect over love.

Varun Dhawan is good too, as the entitled wealthy boy-who-may-never-turn-into-man, and then finding his feminist feet. The body language and attitude that he has with which he approaches his character in the film is like spot-on. In addition, his natural innocence and childish charm only adds up to his overall onscreen persona. Handling both, comic and emotions, in an effective manner and with so much ease is definitely something clap-a-worthy.

Carrying the Badrinath Ki Dulhania solely on their shoulders, Varun and Alia’s crackling chemistry simply lifts up the film. The fact that they both are too much comfortable with each other is what makes their pairing look so effortless. They share a great camaraderie that beats the viewers’ hearts each time they appear together.

Although, Varun and Alia deliver energetic performances together, but the overall film belongs to Alia. She is a sure-shot a great performer artist and is raising her standard film-by-film. Meanwhile, the duo is well supported by Sahil Vaid and Shweta Basu Prasad. Rest of the actors like Gauahar Khan, Yash Sinha and others also supported quite well and played their respective parts effectively.

Music and Technicalities

Music is average, but the foot-tapping ‘Tamma Tamma’ song is seamlessly blended into the story, so that’s a win. Background score is equally decent and syncs with the film’s narrative. Cinematography is good, and Editing could have been a bit tighter to make the film crisper.

So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?

Yes, but to some extent! For a film with a predictable end, Badrinath Ki Dulhania has its moments, especially the comical ones. It’s a modern-day love tale that has a good laugh with small-town humour. The film may not offer for those with some heavy amount of expectations, but it’s a decent entertainer rom-com film with a good social message and praiseworthy performances.

Rating: 3 Stars

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