Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Kavya from ‘Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania’ saw the Women’s Rights movement making the rounds around the globe, jumped on the bandwagon and came out as a transformed modern day woman called Vaidehi on the other end to now become ‘Badrinath ki Dulhania’.

‘Tis the story of a very real struggle of women who grow up in homes where an early marriage is the ONLY dream they are allowed to harbor and their parents bend their backs collecting dowry because grooms are sold according to the size of their daddy’s homes, cars and egos. Marriage brokers that come to your house and ask for “kitna lagaenge shaadi mein” as soon as they plant their derrières on your couch really do exist – I am speaking from experience that almost made me lose my composure and shoot darts at them before I nudged my parents to throw them out of our house.

There is a nice ying and yang between aspiration and realism in this movie which hits the pulse of today’s day and age. Though some scenes are really cliched and added for pure mass entertainment, such as Kritika’s swayamwar, her clarity in thought about who she is marrying is commendable. Vaidehi, too, is marrying “under her league” but she finds the unexpected in Badri which is all that a relationship sometimes needs to work out.

I found it interesting that the filmmaker chose to broach the topic of rebellion against a deep engrained system of patriarchy in which sons are merely puppets of their dangerously commandeering parents. Helping them move along with the times is as much their children’s responsibility as their own. For all the Vaidehis out there – if your Badri is not willing to create a reasonable environment for you two to live in within the fiefdom of his dad – run, run as fast as you can!

Alia Bhatt’s acting is like a cheese pizza from the same shop. Consistently good but always tastes the same. I can’t wait to see her in a more subdued, silent, thoughtful character. Even though Udta Punjab was quite different her angst filled role was very familiar.

Varun Dhawan tried visibly hard to act like the UP ke bhaiya but he was skirting at the edge of authenticity and childishness. Comic roles are not his forté. He did much better in a far more serious Badlapur.

Oh, and taking away a point for horrendously butchering Tamma Tamma when we know that remixes can be as good as the original – look at Humma Humma. (7/10)

 

Badri

Dishoom

When a director and script writer doubt their abilities they fall back on what they think will draw the Indian masses – cricket!

This Dhawan flick is mediocre in every sense: action, thrill, songs, acting. It’s a me-too of Baby but not nearly as exciting. Varun Dhawan really needs to rethink what he is signing on. How can the Badlapur star fall off all his graces and sign on sidekick roles such as this one? John Abraham is chiseled as ever, intense as ever, but he really needs to try another genre for a change. (4/10)

Dilwale

This past weekend was an absolute scalebuster weekend for me. On the north end of my scale of 10 Bajirao Mastani erupted and on the lower end Dilwale plummeted into unknown depths.

Bollywood moviegoers, it’s time you buckle your belts and stand up for the assault on your tolerance. The Indian movie industry needs the equivalent of an Arab Spring to rebel against the atrocities of filmmakers like Rohit Shetty. As for SRK – “the king” Khan – Chennai Express was strike one, Happy New Year was strike two and Dilwale is strike three! No one deserves more than three chances to turn your brains into pulp. It’s high time to dethrone the king and demand better entertainment for the money you spend on their movies.

I have come to expect bullshit from SRK but after doing a Badlapur what happened to Varun Dhawan? How can he go from outstanding to no standing within the blink of an eye? Way to dig your own grave, Varun.

158 minutes of uninterrupted torture. It undid a whole week of meditation for me. I was furious by the end of this one…wishing I had been fast instead to make a call to not finish watching it. (0/10)

Badlapur

Amongst all the recent disappointments Bollywood has delivered a piece of finely crafted cinematic excellence. What finesse it must have taken to remove the over-the-top dramatic edge from a thriller and make it look like a realistic story that still keeps your stomach in knots and surprises you at every corner. It’s no surprise that Nawazuddin Siddiqui would go under your skin with his performance but I was left equally speechless by Varun Dhawan, Huma Qureshi and all the minor role actors as well. In addition to the top notch cinematic work this movie also leaves you with food for thought on human psychology. It takes one trigger to change every fabric of who you are and what you become and no one can argue the right or wrong of it. It’s easy to judge people and situations if you look at them in isolation at one point in time. Get to know the journey and your brain will start wondering. (10/10)

Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya

a modern and quite entertaining twist on DDLJ. A few script holes that can be excused, especially after your brain goes in delirium mode after seeing Siddharth Shukla.
Oh, and who cares about “Don’t talk to strangers” anymore? This was more like “Totally trust strangers to drive you around Delhi ‘coz who knows you may marry him one day.” (7/10)