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

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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'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4

A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.

After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.

Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.

The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.

All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.

Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.

Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.

On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.

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Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars

Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.

Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.

Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.

From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.

Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!

So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!

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