Starring: R. Madhavan, Kangna Ranaut, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kissen, Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar, Eijaz Khan
Directed by Aanand L. Raj
Tanu Weds Manu begins promisingly on a laidback, quirky note in Kanpur. But merely half an hour later it starts changing hues. You gradually begin to see in it several films you’ve already seen before: Jab We Met, Bunty Aur Babli, Socha Na Tha. A JWM may have told a similar, predictable tale while retaining its charm. TWM feels like unappetising leftovers of JWM.
An NRI doctor (Madhavan) obediently decides to go in for an arranged marriage and falls in love with the first girl (Kangna) his parents make him meet. But she won’t have him. The encounters that follow come with a dash of Bihari ethos, lots of mandatory Punjabiyat, besides the UP-ness. It doesn’t mesh together well and, instead of being firmly rooted, the film seems more wannabe than genuine small town. Ameen Sayani’s voice, Vividh Bharati, old Hindi film songs evoke nostalgia. Krsna’s music score is one of the best in recent times. But they all stand wasted.
The love story itself is archaic and the loverboy most passive. Till the end he doesn’t even lift a finger to get his girl, in fact he gets her by doing nothing. The film roots for conformity rather than rebellion in love and not once do you feel a pang for the lovers. Madhavan is earnest. Kangna grates with her over-emotiveness and bad diction. A fine actor like Dobriyal makes a better impact in the promos. The only one who makes her presence felt is Swara Bhaskar as Kangna’s friend, with great presence and a wonderful voice and enunciation that stand out in stark contrast to Kangna’s.