Movie: Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Category: New Age Indian Film Industry
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt
Music: Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Akhil Sachdeva
The second instalment of the Dulhania series is an absolute delight from the word go. Although the story hikes around a predictable storyline and you do know the lead pair will end up together, yet the screenplay ensures your undivided attention towards the screen.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania starts with a sensitive issue of preference for the sex of an unborn child narrated with oodles of comedy. Badrinath (Varun Dhawan) is born into a wealthy conventional male-dominated household whose father is an absolute stickler to orthodox thoughts who believes women should only cook and bear children. Anyone thinking beyond these duties is absolutely unwelcome as his daughter-in-law. Badri has an entire list of prospective brides his father is hand-picking from. Enter Vaidehi(Alia) who is a free-spirited ambitious career-oriented girl, completely aware of the society traditions, respects her parents but wants to fly high to fulfill her aspirations. However, her parents are desperate to get her married.
Boy meets girl at a wedding and falls heads over heels for her. In an attempt to impress her, he fulfills her impending responsibilities towards her family pressing her into marrying him. Although she senses some sparks in the whole process, she dumps him at the altar to pursue her dreams. Badri’s male ego kicks in and he decides to kidnap her and teach her a lesson. What follows is a journey of a small town Indian boy realising what it takes to fulfill your dreams in life.
Alia proves yet again what an impeccable actress she is. Her chemistry with Varun is effortless. She entirely convinces you why she isn’t the villain even when everyone around is devastated with her acts. The efforts she has put to look every inch of her character, especially of an air-hostess, is evident.
Varun, for me, has carried the entire movie on his trustworthy shoulders. I have always felt this genre of actors lack a serious comic timing. Hail, Mr Varun Dhawan. If an actor can make you laugh without any comic lines, he is an outstanding comedian! Varun does just that. Be it conversing with his best friends on his life predicaments, convincing his brother of marrying his love or confessing his feelings for Vaidehi, Badri nails each scene with his immaculate comic timing.
The high point for me was a social issue like woman equal rights and empowerment has been dealt with extreme sensitivity. The movie delivers a strong and relevant message without being serious and punching in high voltage dialogues.
The supporting actors have been cast with precision and add value to the plot of the movie. Shashank Khaitan has written and directed the movie ensuring there is no dull moment throughout. The music is catchy and adds flavor to the theme of the movie.
Overall, this one’s a must watch. You will laugh your hearts out and surely leave behind your tensions in the duration you are inside the theatre. Paisa vasool!