Cast: Aliaa Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Gauhar Khan, Mohit Marwah
Direction: Shashank Khaitan
Story by: Shashank Khaitan
Produced by: Karan Johar (Dharma Productions)
Music by: Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Akhil Sachdeva
My Rating: ★★★★
Do Aliaa & Varun have the knack to shoulder this movie? Read on to find out..
Karan Johar seems to have developed an appetite for the ‘Dulhania’ brand of movies. First, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in which he paired Varun Dhawan & Aliaa Bhatt and yet again another blend of humor and reality bundled in a sweetly showcased package called Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Although, the two movies do not have any connection with each other, the former ‘Dulhania’ blockbuster was definitely a hit, but what remains to be seen is if Badrinath Ki Dulhania prove to be a Box Office success and whether it shall be another feather in Varun & Aliaa’s beanies.
Let’s see, how shall we sum this up right now, it’s not what we call the typical Bollywood movie where Boy Meets Girl, love blossoms, & the Girl’s family opposes the courtship, it’s actually quite the opposite. The story is about Badrinath Bansal (Varun) belonging to an affluent family hailing from the city of Jhansi. His father is a typical male chauvinist, who believes that women belong in the kitchens and shouldn’t be allowed to carve a career for themselves. So, moving on, Badri meets Vaidehi (Aliaa), who belongs to a middle class family strained with financial sorrows. Badri looms around Vadiehi coaxing her to fall in love, which she eventually does, but then their love-story is stonewalled by Badri’s father who doesn’t approve of women working after marriage. Vaidehi, on the other hand is an independent young woman with a spine aspiring to be a successful career oriented woman. This story which is initially set in towns like Jhansi & Kota, also touches the loathsome issue of dowry which co-exists along with our modern India.
It is Vaidehi’s character which really steals the limelight. Born in a very middle class family with an elder sister and their father burdened by the prospects of getting them married, however, the word ‘compromise’ is non-existent in Vaidehi’s dictionary. On the other hand her sister is quite the opposite. Vaidehi is the typical personality who gets up again and again and doesn’t put up without a fight. She chases her dreams and doesn’t let emotions manipulate her focus. Badri on the other hand is this spoilt little brat fending off from his fathers fortune and never takes no for an answer. Varun Dhawan has yet again given a heart-throbbing performance in this movie. He has totally encapsulated Badri within him as a small town rich boy. He surely is set to increase his fan-followings with this movie. Aliaa, well she tends to re-write her performance benchmark in every movie. She’s undoubtedly the shooting star for this feature.
Shashank Khaitan yet again doesn’t fail to amaze me. He has captured in an entertaining demeanor and addressed the hidden issues faced largely within small town families, issues which are merely ignored. There is a lot of emotional flow, a few moments did leave me teary-eyed. He has really squeezed out the best performances in the cast. However, the film could have had a better team of supporting actors. You can neither label this as a very emotional, dramatic or comic movie as the balance of drama and comedy is just perfect enough to get you through almost 140 minutes of showtime.