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MOVIE REVIEW: TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS

Movie Details:

DirectorAnand L. Rai
ProducerKishore Lulla
Anand L. Rai
WriterHimanshu Sharma
CastKangana Ranaut
R. Madhavan
Jimmy Shergill
DistributorEros International
Release dates
  • 22 May 2015

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Five Things To Know About The Making Of The Movie:

Tanu Weds Manu Returns is the sequel to the original Tanu Weds Manu from 2011 starring the same lead pair, Kangana and Madhavan, directed by the same director, but produced under a different banner.

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MOVIE REVIEW ...

WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE MOVIE

#1. The cast: 

The cast of the movie

is what elevates the movie to a complete entertainment package. It is anybody's and probably everybody's guess that Kangana Ranaut is par excellence in her role as the Haryanavi girl. Her body language, the clothing, the completely bare face, the Haryanavi language complete with the accent- leave you in awe. Kangana, undoubtedly proves yet again that she is the queen of Bollywood.

All other characters are no less impressive, specially the "sideys" (those who play side role)- Jimmy Shergill as Raja Awasthi, Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi, Eijaz Khan as Jassi, Swara Bhaskar as Payal Rathore and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Chintu leave their own mark. 

#2. The sets

If you are a stare-at-details kind of person, simply put- you would take nostalgic delight in noticing the entry-doors, the walls, the aangan (courtyard), the gali (alleys), the nukkads (street corners), in short- everything.

#3. The clothes

The attire is stare-worthy as well- the shirt-sweater-pajama of the law student, the loud salwar-kameez of the local heart-throb, the full-sleeve-collared-shirt with sari combination of Haryanvi women- every garb gets the intended attention. Even the sardar in Gujarati garment with dandiya sticks stays in your mind.

#4. The pace

The pace of the movie is good and does not lose you along the way. There are a few twists timed perfectly to perk up the viewers' interest, just in case it wanders.

#5. The family package and the jokes

The movie can be watched, enjoyed and discussed with kids- a BIG plus in our eyes. Every character has funny lines to deliver and you will find yourself laughing at the unexpected jokes.

SO THEN, WHAT'S NOT GOOD ... 

#1. Here's the problem I have with the movie- like most slap-stick comedies churned out by our tinsel town, this too has scenes that deserved the editor's cuts. The movie has a few pointless and senseless scenes of bride-kidnapping, and the likes, in the name of humor. Makes you want to have been around to lend a helping hand to editor in order to do complete justice to the plot and the cast.

#2. Kangana's role as the original Tanu, actually has nothing impressive, neither new about it. Many a leading ladies have been there, done that.

TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH?

Despite the two negative points I have pointed out, this one is certainly a watch-worthy movie to add to the May- must-watch movies' list. I am certainly not implying that the negative points above are worth dismissing, for those are precisely the reasons why I do not agree with the 4 and 4.5 ratings that some have bestowed the movie. In fact, if I have to, I'll probably give it a 3.0. It IS funny and its depiction of Haryanvi language/dialect/accent along with clothing is marvelous. Its portrayal of characters and sets from Uttar Pradesh state of India is just as interesting even though that has been done often enough in the past. Its a family film with catchy songs. Most importantly, the movie does have you leave the theater discussing your own "craziness" in your marriage, whether seldom or not. If you walk out with lessons learnt, all the better, right?  

Update: 5/26/2015

HOW IS THE MOVIE DOING?

According to film critic and analyst, Taran Adarsh, the movie is faring well with respect to box office collections. He tweeted-

is on a RECORD-SMASHING spree. Fri 8.85 cr, Sat 13.20 cr, Sun 16.10 cr, Mon 8.90 cr. Total: ₹ 47.05 cr. India biz.


By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 

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