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Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana movie review: A fun wedding filled with clichés

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana Ratnaa Sinha
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana movie review: A fun wedding filled with clichés

movie review of Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana

Directed By: Ratnaa Sinha
Produced By: Vinod Bachchan, Manju Bachchan, Kaleem Khan
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Kharbanda
Duration: 2 hour 17 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

Marriage is surely one of the favourite subjects our filmmakers like to explore on the big screen. This year we have seen movies like ‘Running Shaadi’, ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’, ‘Phillauri’, ‘Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana’, ‘Behen Hogi Teri’, ‘Mubarakan’, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’, the list is never-ending. All these films revolved around a wedding, and now here’s one more to add to the list, ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’, which not only has ‘Shaadi’ as its basic plot but has ‘Shaadi’ in its name too.

‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ is about Satyendra (Rajkummar Rao) who is all set to get married to Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda). In their first meeting itself, Aarti clearly tells Satyendra that she would like to work after marriage and the guy happily agrees. It’s an arranged marriage for them, but then in their courtship period love blossoms between the two. On the day of her marriage, it is revealed that Aarti has cleared PCS exams. At the same time her sister reveals to Aarti that her mother-in-law won’t allow her to work after marriage, and she urges her to run away. Aarti decides to leave the wedding and runs away to pursue her dreams. (Does this remind you of a movie you have already seen? Yes right!) So, now after five years, Aarti is a Sub. Registrar and is accused of taking a bribe, her case goes into the hands of the DM, who is none other Satyendra. Now starts a war (actually a one-sided revenge drama). What will happen next? Will Satyendra be able to take the revenge or will Aarti be able to prove that she is innocent?

We are sure you guys remember ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ that released in March this year. It was an entertaining film with a brilliant message revolving around dowry and the dreams of a girl. Cut to November 2017, here’s ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’, once again a movie that revolves around marriage, dowry and the dreams of a girl. But, unfortunately this Ratnaa Sinha directorial just turns out to be another clichéd Bollywood movie. The first half of the movie is quite similar to ‘BKD’. Well, we can’t say that it is the exact copy, but then it has many similarities. Writer Kamal Pandey and director Ratnaa Sinha manage to impress us in the first half with some really amazing sequences that showcase the reality of the world we are living in. There are some wonderful romantic and mushy sequences between Rao and Kharbanda, but then the second half spoils the whole mood of the film.

If someone accuses me for doing something wrong, I am sure I would reciprocate to it, instead of just sitting and crying, and feeling guilty for what I did to pursue my dreams. The punchline of the film is ‘Everything is fair in love and war, love is over, now war begins’, but then a war has to be two-sided right, in this case, it is just a revenge from the guy’s side, and what the girl does, well she cries. The second half has too many done and over with plots. It is filled with situations that will make you feel bad for the character of Aarti, poor girl! We wonder what the writer had in mind while writing role. Was she a girl who dared enough to not get married and pursue her dreams instead or a girl who doesn’t have guts to stand for herself and she just sobs?

At one point, you will feel that the movie has ended, but no wait, there are some more clichéd twists left that take us to a predictable climax. A climax which is a ditto copy of one more film that released this year, and you know what, that film also starred Rao and also revolved around marriage (start thinking).

Talking about the performances, Rajkummar Rao is good as always. He once again proves he can do any role given to him. Kriti Kharbanda is also great in her part, but most of the times in the film all she does is cry and hence gets on to you after a point. Veteran actors like Govind Namdev, Vipin Sharma and Manoj Pahwa are fantastic in their respective roles. Nayani Dixit as Aarti’s sister is amazing and Karanvir Sharma impresses in the small appearance.

A movie revolving wedding needs to have some really good music. ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ has decent numbers, but a chartbuster is surely missing.

Overall, ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ is a one time watch but there could have been twists that weren’t predicatble that could have made it a great watch.

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Aiyaary movie review: The men in army fail to shine through the muddled up plot

Directed By: Neeraj Pandey
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Gada, Jayantilal Gada, Karan Shah
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra
Duration: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

After delivering taut thrillers like ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’, hopes are high from his new outing ‘Aiyaary’, but does it manage to convey it’s message efficiently? Let’s unravel in the movie review…

‘Aiyaary’ (which means ultimate trickery), is about a young army officer named Captain Jay Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) who goes rogue with a hefty purpose to expose the dirty secrets of the military forces. His mentor Col. Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) is an incorruptible army man who heads a covert cell and guns down traitors. Ever since Major Jay Bakshi absconds, Col. Singh has only one mission, to hunt him down. Here begins a cat and mouse Chase although with loads of unwarranted confusion.

While Col. Singh believes himself to be the smarter one, Major Bakshi outsmarts him and he isn’t Alone, a nifty hacker in the form of Sonia helps him. Bakshi wants to expose the deadly misgivings of a retired army man played by Kumud Mishra who has grown corrupt and earns help from a businessman played by Adil Hussain. Does he succeed or does Bakshi manage to expose him? Does Singh manage to catch hold of his protégé gone rogue? Too many questions that could have been dealt with methodically, but everything goes down the drain with poor execution and unnecessarily over explained and stretched portions. The entire plot gets lost and confused with too many sequences jumbled up together which right till the end remain a mystery.

Manoj Bajpayee is the only standout in this muddled up, almost three hours long thriller. Sidharth Malhotra is decent while Rakul Preet Singh is fairly okay. Pooja Chopra is barely seen whereas all senior bunch of actors like Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Kumud Mishra and Adil Hussain are utterly wasted with no clear character sketches drawn. Naseeruddin Shah’s dialogue delivery seems like a hangover from ‘A Wednesday’ whereas Anupam Kher is totally wasted. The only character that makes sense is Colonel Abhay Singh and Bajpayee rightfully delivers.

Overall, ‘Aiyaary’ is a complex and too stretched thriller with no clear direction of the happenings. Clearly avoidable.


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PadMan movie review: Story of an ordinary man who spun wonder out of life's straw

Directed By: R Balki
Produced By: Mrs Funnybones Movies, KriArj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, SPE Films India
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte
Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

If you believe you can, you are halfway there. Parents use this therapy to their children who are sinking in schools and colleges. Just, they don’t tell you there would be teenage crushes, diet fads, breakups, insufficient pocket money and unbearable math classes. Was that too weird to begin my ‘PadMan’ review with?

Even before I begin analysing ‘PadMan’ as a film, I think films like these should be lauded just because they’re being made. That actors and filmmakers are using cinema as a tool to strike conversations, tickle thoughts and raise debates, itself is a relief; especially in a country of over 100 crores with numerous problems, most of them neither spoken nor understood.

The film is based on a Tamil Nadu based social activist who invented a low-cost sanitary napkin producing machine. Lakshmikant Chauhan, a man from an MP village, learns of rural women’s plight during menstruation after he is married to Gayatri (Radhika Apte)… Or, why am I even using ‘rural’ when the taboos are equally prevalent in urban spheres as well? Determined to bring more hygiene to how the women at his home handle periods but aware that they can’t afford to buy the sanitary napkins available in stores, he begins attempts of making them himself.

For every innovative idea, you’ve to pay a price. For Lakshmikant, it’s on the heavier side. In the course of communicating to women and understanding the problems better, he earns the tag of ‘loose character’. His two sisters and wife leave him. Devastated with the constant emotional ups and downs, he leaves his village; however, with the determination of succeeding at his attempts one day.

Rest shapes a man’s bumpy journey towards fulfilment. Not without hiccups, though.

Through the first half, we’re taken to visit how the revolutionist has to walk on thorns if he decides to mould the society’s behaviour. This portion, although necessary and paves way to the latter part, is dragged and feels longer than what it is.

In the latter part, as Lakshmikant nears his goal, enters Pari (Sonam Kapoor), a beautiful, intelligent and compassionate woman who becomes an indispensable of Lakshmikant’s journey. How a fresh MBA and a deserving candidate of a fat-paying corporate job leaves many prospects and sets off on a mission to help village women and spread health awareness on menstruation, is empowering, to say the least. BUT! Why would Bollywood necessarily instill romantic equations whenever we have a woman and a man playing equally crucial parts in the story’s development? That part feels not only forced, but also cliched.

Other than that, ‘PadMan’ is purely a testimony of a man’s journey from nothing to contentment; solely banking upon on his own desires of bringing about positive changes and helping them sustain. If you ignore a few exaggerations (and I fear I don’t have takers for saying this), it is an inspiring film and could create positive impacts. Decently shot by P.C. Sreeram and rightly complemented with soundtracks composed by Amit Trivedi, it features noticeable performances from both Radhika Apte and Akshay Kumar; and not to forget, a fluent Sonam Kapoor in a short yet pivotal role.

Watch ‘PadMan’ to encourage more films that talk about REAL problems; more real than fairytale love stories. 🙂 Even the real love stories are tested with bad times, remember? Like that of Lakshmikant and Gayatri.

Author’s Note: My first ever day as a menstruating girl? ‘Congratulations’ from mom, and a huge bowl of Mishti Doi after dinner. 🙂

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