Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Five Issues Addressed in 'Badhaai Do', Takeaways From The Trailer

As the trailer of 'Badhaai Do' releases, here are five social issues that the movie is set to address.

Five Issues Addressed in 'Badhaai Do', Takeaways From The Trailer
'Badhaai Do' Movie Poster

The trailer of director Harshavardhan Kulkarni’s ‘Badhaai Do’ released on YouTube today. The movie stars actors Rajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. Seema Pahwa, Sheeba Chadha, Chum Darang, Lovleen Mishra, Nitish Pandey, and Shashi Bhushan also play important roles in the film. The movie is set to release on February 11 in theatres.

The movie is a sequel of the National Award-winning movie ‘Badhaai Ho’. The trailer gives a glimpse of the intriguing storyline of the movie. As the netizens enjoy the trailer, here are five stereotypes that the movie is expected to break and display the unconventional approach of the makers.

LGBTQ+ Community

Rajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in the movieRajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in the movie

The main issue addressed in the movie is the awareness and acceptance towards LGTBQ community. The two leads of the movie belong to the LGBTQ+ community and struggle to make their families and the society aware of it. This film, like the original, revolves around a social subject — homosexuality — but tells the story in a light-hearted manner.

Lavender Marriage

Marriage scene from Badhaai Do TrailerMarriage scene from Badhaai Do Trailer

The trailer shows Rao and Pednekar entering into a Lavender marriage, or a marriage of convenience. A lavender marriage is a male–female mixed-orientation marriage entered into as a marriage of convenience to conceal the socially stigmatised sexual orientation of one or both partners. In the Indian society, marriage is considered a very personal and pure affair. The idea of marrying each other and yet not live as a couple is not popular or widely accepted in the society. This movie breaks the stereotype and brought into light the idea of such obligation-free marriage contracts.

Representation of New Faces

Bhumi Pednekar and Chum DarangBhumi Pednekar and Chum Darang

There are various sections or communities of the Indian society that have been misrepresented in Bollywood movies for long. One such instance is with north-eastern people. People from the north-east are either ignored or type-casted in majority of Bollywood movies. However, with ‘Badhaai Do’, Bhumi’s girlfriend’s role is played by a north-eastern actress Chum Darang. It is refreshing to see a new face take the central stage alongside Bhumi Pednekar.

Middle-age Marriage

Rajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar scene in the movieRajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar scene in the movie

Marriage is considered an important affair in every Indian household and marriage at the right age is even more important. The trailer gives glimpses of how Rao and Pednekar are mocked by their families in the movie for delaying their marriage. Both the characters are shown to have crossed the age of 30 and get forced by their respective families to marry at the earliest.

The Pressure to Conceive

Rajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in the movieRajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in the movie

‘Badhaai Do’ also addresses the phenomenon of constant pressure in the Indian families for the couple to have a child. It is portrayed in a comical way in the movie. The parents of the couple can be seen discussing within themselves about the couple not having a child. They keep on asking Rao and Pednekar about their family planning. The families start to assume different reasons for the situation, all of which is represented in a comical and raw form in the movie.