In Indian Cinema, a good musical score which has already made its impact on the audience is considered half the battle won. And further if the movie comes out to be a surprisingly pleasant experience then it becomes an icing on the cake for its makers. The same is the case with TANU WEDS MANU which despite of having its own shares of drawbacks, still manages to make you smile and enjoy while sitting in the theater and keeps the good waves of 2011 flowing.
Yes, the movie has some seen before settings, the same Punjabi wedding drama, the same NRI visiting the country in search of a girl, the same unconventional kind of girl’s character and the same triangular love angle being played towards the climax. Moreover when you are going to see a movie called TANU WEDS MANU then you obviously know that whatever may happen, in the end its going to be a happy ending after all where the wedding between the two has to be without any exception. But the beauty of the film is that regardless of this all known before and predictable kind of stuff it still very successfully manages to keep you hooked and smiling, especially in the first half and in the climax.
Before intermission, TWM is highly enjoyable with many appreciable sequences supported by some great one liner dialogues in the local lingo. Particularly I would like to mention the sequences of family’s VAISHNO DEVI visit. In no time the characters move from Delhi, Kanpur, Lucknow and Vaishno Devi to Punjab finally and then it all comes down the romance between the lead pair in some common friend’s wedding. But even before you start thinking that its all the same, Kangna strikes you as a shocker with her Bindaas kind of character, who believes in smoking, drinking, changing boyfriends and then running along with them repeatedly. And from that moment onwards, director Aanand L Raj keeps giving you more surprising twists and turns right till the intermission which really works.
Post intermission the film takes a slight dip, with few prolonged scenes, some dull moments and a stretching drama between the on screen friends. But again the final half an hour sets the things right and you don’t mind seeing all those unwanted moments at all. In fact the last sequence where two baraats (heading towards marrying the same girl), meet each other on the road is well written and entertaining. However if only the second part of the film was a bit shorter and to the point then I surely could have rated it as a complete entertainer in the end.
Now what really works in this somewhat clichéd movie? For me firstly it is its brilliant on location cinematography giving you an earthy and authentic feel which wins you over in minutes. Second is its well written dialogues spoken by both men and women, using the local lingo superbly. Third remains its lovable characters which are very close to the ones we might know in our real life. And fourth is its winner soundtrack which has already been accepted by the Bollywood music lovers to a great extent. Especially, the sad song running in the background and the song & dance sequence intelligently choreographed on the Original Golden Track, “Kajra Mohabbat Wala” featuring Kangna dancing in a freaking style. So all together it turns out to be a pleasant enjoyable surprise with some appreciable performances from the cast.
On top of all is the lead pair which impressively sticks to their given roles quite different than what they have already portrayed on the screen. Madhavan, playing the role of a NRI with no attitude or style of a foreigner, gives a very controlled and lovable performance. Breaking the old mould, he is an NRI who still loves the old Indian Traditions of arranged marriage and is also a fan of Mohd. Rafi’s songs. In fact, TWM is one of those few movies in which I liked Madhavan frankly. Kangna Ranaut on the contrary, plays a completely unexpectedly bold and out-spoken girl who is pretty confused about the love factor in her life. Though for some she might have over-done it but as I see it, she played her part nicely and was able to leave an impact on the viewer. Her diction has no doubt improved but it still needs to be looked upon by her seriously. In short its one of Kangna’s best performances till date.
In the rest of the cast, Jimmy Shergill once again proves that he deserves to be there in the frontline of Bollywood. The boy does a great job even in his under-written role of a Bhai. In the post interval part his character is not well defined enough and could be showcased in a better way. Yet Jimmy plays it real well in the last scene. Ravi Kissen shoudnt have done this meaningless role of just a few mintues. But Deepak Dobriyal gets most of the Taalis on his one liners. He is superb once again in a side-role and deserves a much better place unarguably. Other than these the girl playing Kangna’s friend is pretty good and all the elders of the two families have done perfectly well.
So, it all comes down to what you actually go for in a theater. If you really go for some fun moments accompanied by few worth watching performances along with some good music served with a little drama, then TANU WEDS MANU might turn out to be the right choice for you too. Because it worked for me in its major parts but still generated a slightly lesser impact than the last year’s BAND BAAJA BAARAT.
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