Yami Gautam, Vikrant Massey, Mansi Sharma, Suhail Nayyar, Rajiv Gupta, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Mazel Vyas, Sanchita Puri, Gurpreet Saini, Karan Singh Chhabra, Maneka Kurup Arora, Deepak Chadha
Bollywood Bubble Rating
What’s It About
The film follows headstrong Ginny (Yami Gautam) who is in love with her college sweetheart even after their breakup. When it comes to marriage, she is sure she wants to only go in for love marriage. Sunny (Vikrant Massey) is desperate to start his own restaurant, but his dad will give him the money only after he gets married. This leads to him agreeing for an arranged marriage. Now Sunny teams with Ginny’s mom, to woo Ginny and make it all seem like she is going in for love marriage, however, it is secretly an arranged marriage. What follows next is a crazy mess between the two families. Will Ginny ever get hitched to Sunny? Will they find love in each other or will it happen with someone else? Well, for that you’ll have to watch the movie.
Vikrant Massey, who has till date managed to mould himself in any given character, finely adapts to this West Delhi boy Sunny. He shows his tropes and it’s on his shoulders that the whole film rests. His fine performance is the sole saving grace of this film.
Suhail Nayyar, the second lead of the movie, was a surprise package. The way he brings in his quirky comic sense into the character is not only fun to watch but also something that many lead actors in today’s times miss out on. Playing a Jatt boy, he manages to bring in to those little nuances and quirks which only a Delhi-born lad can bring onscreen. Fantastic.
Character artistes like Ayesha Raza Mishra and Rajiv Gupta as the parents of Ginny and Sunny bring in a lot to the table. It’s their funny dialogues that keep this rom-com more in the zone of comedy and restricts it from drifting into a family drama. I won’t say they were brilliant because I’ve seen them perform in better character, but definitely they provided the much-needed laughs which they were meant to bring onscreen.
The music of the film by Payal Dev, Gaurav Chatterji and Jaan Nissar Lone will go down history as one of the few films this year which had some great original tracks. Songs like ‘Phoonk Phoonk Ke’, ‘Phir Chala’ and ‘Rubaru’ are keepers for your playlists. Even the one remixed track of ‘Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag’ is much better than a lot of the other remixes we keep hearing every other day. Definitely applause-worthy.
A plot of a rom-com set up in West Delhi, based around Punjabi middle-class families isn’t novel. To add to it when your story heavily features the traditional shor-sharaba, gaana-bajaana, dhol-shol, shaadi-vyaah with the pinch of ladka-ladki, mummyjis and daddyjis strewn all over, you’re hoping it to be another ‘Band Baaja Baraat’. But not all films can be that, isn’t it?
To add to it, the predictability of the plot is its biggest flaw. May I mention, when you keep the name of the movie Ginny Weds Sunny, you’re sure right from the start, that come what may, Ginny will have a wedding to Sunny. The movie doesn’t even try to change that perception that at the end you’ll be left with a twist which makes you want to rethink this theory of the movie name explaining the story.
Puneet Khanna’s direction is more amateurish than professional. It seems that some of the not-good takes were also approved for the movie, which begs the question – did he shoot just 1-2 takes of every scene with him when he sat for the edit with Sandeep Sethy? Definitely could have replaced a couple of not-good takes with some 3rd or 4th take. Not sure what is the reality, but as a viewer, it seems that way!
Cinematography by Nuthan Nagaraj also takes a beating as there is hardly much to explore in the localities of West Delhi. Mostly indoor shots didn’t help Nuthan Nagaraj to showcase his full potential, which could have been done had there been more outdoor scenes for the movie. Baring aside a few wedding dance numbers to capture, there is not much for him to bring forth to the table.
Lastly, god only knows when Yami Gautam will stop playing the bubbly big city girl in movies and move on to better roles. Her character of Ginny seems like an extension of her character from ‘Vicky Donor’. She should seriously think of doing more character-driven roles as she did in ‘Kaabil’ and not just keep harping more and more on her bubbly, good-looking and girl-next-door characters.
Vikrant Massey and Yami Gautam starrer film is definitely one of those rom-coms which the Indian audiences call as a complete package. Leaving aside the numerous shortcomings I found in the movie, it still has emotion, drama, comedy, fun and some great songs. But sadly, the predictability of the plot makes the fun and frolic come to a jolting halt. All said and done, if you’re a sucker for rom-coms, this surely should satiate your appetite. Definitely a ONE-TIME WATCH. I am going with 3.5 stars.
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