Another bigger entertainerBy K N Gupta
Eye TV India Bureau
Cast: : R Madhavan, Kangna Ranaut, Eijaz Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar
Director: Anand L Rai
It’s a fashion in Bollywood nowadays to make movies on NRIs. Interestingly, the Indian audience feels that NRIs are completely westernized whereas the fact is to the contrary. In fact, overseas Indians are amused that the Indians are more Western than the former! NRIs are more ethnic and prefer Indian values, customs and rituals so much so that they like marrying back in their country of origin. Though ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is another love story in the category of diasopra movies, it’s a bigger entertainer than the earlier ones.
Manu played by R Madhavan is an NRI doctor in London who comes looking for a bride in India. The great change in India and among the women in particular who imitate the West shock him. Family pressure leads Manu to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh to meet Tanu a small town girl played by Kangna Ranaut who lives with her joint family in Kanpur. Manu falls for her while Tanu loves a Lucknow ruffian who threatens Manu with dire consequences if he dares wed Tanu! Being a sincere and also simple, Manu obliges Tanu’s boyfriend. In fact, Tanu is a kind of rebel, ready to do everything that her parents will disapprove. She is against an arranged marriage. But the destiny has something quite different in store for these two persons who have diametrically opposite tastes. While Manu is simple and soft-spoken, and loves the songs of late singer Mohammed Rafi, one boyfriend’s name. Besides, she enjoys her best friend's baraat and also her Kanpuria community old house.
As is well known about director Aanand L Rai, he goes in for unconventional situations in this movie too. Though the title ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ makes it clear that Tanu and Manu would finally marry, yet the director takes us through the ordeal of their journey from strangers to lovers. We find the movie quite an entertaining one but it has a lot of suspense too. Manu always loses the chance to marry whenever he comes close to it. A great pity! We feel the director has tried to stretch the plot, and wish he hadn’t done so. After all, it rarely happens in real life. This would have helped the audience getting bored in the post-interval session.
Performance - wise less said better as the cast has delivered its best. Madhavan plays his true character; always smiling even in the wake of most ordeal situations. Deepak Dobriyal and Eijaz Khan lend full support to Madhvan. Kangna Ranaut proves her mettle in the most rebellious role. In the same way, Payal played by sweet Swara Bhaskar helps Kangna as her counsel. Jimmy Sheirgill’s acting is fantastic, both as a friend of the hero and also as his rival in love. Ravi Kissen’s presence and his dialogues add spice to the film. Rajendra Gupta, K.K. Raina, Navni Parihaar and Deepti Mishra fare well. Kudos to cinematographer Chirantan Das for skillfully capturing and truly portraying North India, especially the city of Kanpur and later the settings of a Punjabi wedding.
Now, a few words about music; the movie’s 'Sadi Gali' and 'Jugni' are fantastic. And, so are its yesteryears’ song ‘Kajra Mohabbat Wala'. Great indeed!! As a whole, the movie will entertain all and sundry. So, its prospects seem to be bright. Anyway, the movie has already made huge money out of the sale of Satellite Rights. It’s another matter that it faces a challenge from the ongoing World Cup.
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