'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' Movie Review: Kangana's Swag Is Par Excellence!
May 22, 2015 Vinod Gupta
Expect all you can from this Anand L Rai sequel. The film is a happy experience that will keep you in splits throughout. Right from the beginning, 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' successfully keeps your attention intact, scene-per-scene. The old Hindi film song playing in the opening credit roll gives the screenplay such a typical 'Indian wedding' feel.
Director Anand L Rai has brilliantly executed what he wanted to in this sequel. The moment Tanu Trivedi (Kangana Ranaut) is seen talking in her patent Kanpuri style while visiting a medical centre, as she feels her husband of four years, Manu Sharma (R Madhavan) is mad—the audience just can't help but burst out laughing.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns traces the problems of a love marriage: You fall in love with someone, but with time personalities change; while some of us learn to grow up or grow old with the one we loved, most of us feel disappointed and irritated. Also Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) and Manu (R Madhavan) were the best example for ‘opposites attract each other’; but can opposites also live and grow old with each other? That's the tricky question Anand explores in the sequel. The mismatch of a couple looks like romantic attraction in the beginning but turns out to be one of the main struggles of a marriage.
First things first. Kangana Ranaut has done a fabulous job with her characters Tanu and Datto. Tanu hasn't lost her weird, irresponsible and audacious ways, Datto is a sincere, young girl, a fiercely independent one, who takes up responsibilities. From the body languages of the two women to their accents, Kangana aces it to the T. She proves yet again that she is one of the few heroines in Bollywood who is willing to experiment with different roles and still come out as the most convincing every time.
If you want to go nitpicking and zoom in on the faults, the film is not flawless. The opening sequence shows Kangana and Madhavan seeking marriage counseling, in a mental asylum! Also, at one point, Tanu breaks into a total Haryanavi song, with the accent et all: When did this Kanpur girl learn Haryanavi? Also, the ending seemed more in confirmation with the cultural mind sets of the target audience than what should have been the natural course of events for the characters as they unfold through the movie. Another sequence is where Zeeshan, a law graduate, threatens Jimmy. Instead of giving it back to the young kid, Jimmy simply backs off. A person who doesn’t think twice before firing gun shots at his own wedding, deserves a better faceoff. Also, there are a little too many ‘filmy coincidences’ and similarities between Datto and Tanu that make you cringe.
The best part about Tanu Weds Manu Returns, however, is that none of these flaws actually hamper the hilarious and rooted narrative. The brilliant performances of ALL the actors, main and supporting, alongwith the colourful frames and the funny and rustic dialogues of Himanshu Sharma ensure a laugh riot. The film is a treat for everyone, those who watched and loved the first part and the ones who have not.
Watch Tanu Weds Manu Returns if you love Bollywood. watch it if you follow Bollywood. and if you look down upon Bollywood, watch the movie to see how entertaining the industry can be. For people outside north India, the film is an authentic portrayal of middle-class small town India. And it is funny as hell! We’d say this is a must watch.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan
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