After Band Baaja Baraat, yet again another shaadi movie? But but but, do not despair. Tanu Weds Manu is not about wedding planning but really about a couple that coulda, shoulda, woulda been. What had me gravitating towards the film was actually a mere song: Sadi Gali. And it would be unfair to add that he rather unobvious pairing of R. Madhavan and Kangna Ranaut didn’t make me want to watch the film even more. There was something rather interesting about the aura that Tanu and Manu both give out that is somewhat…fun! So off I ventured to watch a film that was about the trials of love packed in with a wedding.
Manu (R. Madhavan) is well settled London doctor who is forced to take a look at a number of potential brides. It is the vivacious Tanu (Kangna Ranaut) who captures his heart almost instantly. However, Manu is in for a shock when he learns that Tanu is in fact in love with someone else and thus, breaks off the engagement. Manu is stuck in Tanu-land and just when he believes he is finally over her, she makes a reappearance at a common friend’s wedding. It is then that the duo get to know one another only to find out that she is still in love with her first love. Determined to get the two back together, he sets out to play cupid. The ending of course, is fate taking its own toll on the couple as Tanu finally falls in love with Manu. No guesses; the climax is a full-fledged wedding. Alright, with the amount of wedding films that Bollywood produces on a regular basis, it shouldn’t surprise you that this one has erupted on the cinematic scene.
What works for the film is director Anaand Rai’s vision for the film. It’s simple and yet effective with its execution. The locales, for starters, are used incredibly. The film travels from Punjab to Lucknow to Delhi and so on. At the same time, the casting works wonders. Both Maddy and Kangna come from almost opposite schools of acting but at no point does one outdo the other. However, it is the script which allows the actors to work as well as they do. But what really is the highlight of the film are the dialogues. To call them funny, would be an understatement. The film is based around the one liner’s that keep you on your toes. On the flip side, the film does have its downside. While the film screamed great music, it failed to actually appear in the film. And for a film which is about love and weddings, music really needed to be included. While the script is incredibly fun, it could have been easily trimmed and edited to create a far more impactful effect. Lastly, the climax happened to be too well, gosh darn expected. The cliché was so expected, it is such a shame it wasn’t different.
Of course, it’s the cast which really takes the film to the ultimate high. R. Madhavan is really an actor who can well, ACT. It’s so sad directors don’t utilize and exploit his talent. With Tanu Weds Manu, he proves that no matter the genre, he can work it. He plays Manu with utmost ease and nuance; it is a never-seen-before Maddy. And then, there is Kangna. If you thought she was only good playing rather grey dark psycho characters, with Tanu Weds Manu, she proves you wrong. While her character is yet another complex one, she still makes Tanu loveable and fun. In her new avatar, you are introduced to a new (and improved) Kangna Ranaut. The rest of the cast do well to create an impact in the movie.
Look, Tanu Weds Manu is no Banda Baaja Baraat, nor is it a Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. But it does house a certain sense of love that cannot be taken away from the film. Tanu Weds Manu is warm, fuzzy and gooey inside. Catch it, if that’s your thing.