Ginny Weds Sunny Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film | Comedy, Romance | 2h 5min
Ginny Weds Sunny is a not-so-bad love story with nods to several Bollywood rom-com classics. Made watchable thanks to the likeable screen presence of its stars, it is one of those movies that makes you contemplate Bollywood's obsession with love stories. It is for those who are a total sucker for these kinds of films.
Oct 10, 2020 By Sreejith Mullappilly

The title of director Puneet Khanna's 'Ginny Weds Sunny' itself is a spoiler, and the movie seldom tries to spring a surprise. Yami Goutam plays Ginny, a spunky 20-something-year-old, who tells her mother that she will only marry someone she loves. So, Shobha Juneja (Ayesha Raza Mishra) makes Sunny (Vikrant Massey) fall in love with her daughter so that she would eventually find and marry that someone. Shobha is a bit like Kal Ho Naa Ho's 'Aman' in that she almost acts as a love guru to Sunny.


Do not get me wrong, she is more into matchmaking services than acting as a love guru. The other difference from Aman is that she has no chronic health condition to make Ginny fall for Sunny. Her days are not numbered, like it was for that Shah Rukh Khan character. This is to say, there is no time limit for the big event to happen for any of the characters in Ginny Weds Sunny.


There is an explanation for Shobha auntie's actions, beyond her desire to marry off her daughter. She likes Sunny and has a 100% successful track record in offering matchmaking services. Sunny knows Ginny from his school days, and he has always had a 'thing' for her. This makes Shobha's matchmaking job easier, and it also saves us a lot of headache. Thanks to it, the makers spare us an obligatory flashback sequence explaining how and where Ginny had Sunny at hello. That love at first sight moment happened ages ago.


I have always been fascinated by Bollywood's obsession with love triangles and standard love stories. It is like the industry has a factory somewhere in Mumbai that churns out stories like Sunny and Ginny's from time to time. And, the consistency of the production is something to be admired. All of these movies look and play out in more or less the same way. It is like what they say about Allu Arjun movies or the mid-2000's Vijay movies: if you miss the title sequence, you could not even tell which movie is which.


Now, does all of the above mean that I hated Ginny Weds Sunny? Not really. It is loveable, colorful and easy on the eye. It even has hummable tracks and some funny moments. And, it certainly has two young stars in Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey, who you cannot take your eyes off. What it lacks is a heart.


Anyhow, it is such a relief when stars like Yami and Massey show so much conviction in the script and act with much earnestness. The last thing you would want to see in a movie like this is the leads sleepwalking through it, but this does not happen in Ginny Weds Sunny.


Ayesha Raza Mishra is a hoot as Ginny's mother, Shobha, but I wished that she had a few more irreverent one-liners. Gurpreet Saini has his moments as Sumit, but he is not quite at the same level as Rajpal Yadav when it comes to hamming it up. Suhail Nayyar has a decent role here as Nishant, but it is spin-off of Tarun Arora's character in Jab We Met.


So, neither the characters nor the makers could keep this Netflix film from seeming a big too vanilla in places. To sum it up, the origins and inspirations of Ginny Weds Sunny are so obvious that if you put all of those yesteryear Bollywood classics in a washing machine, you would get Ginny Weds Sunny.

Sreejith Mullappilly

   

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