Tanu Weds Manu Review
The season of marriages is not over yet and Tanu Weds Manu makes it just in time. Of course it is a love story. And like every other love story this has its clichéd moments. Plenty of them actually! But then you really can't help it considering love stories are bound to be predictable. After all it is about a guy and girl falling in love. Tanu Weds Manu could hence remind you of films such Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayena and Jab We Met.
TWM is about two people - both extremes in attitude - and them accepting each other in love. Manu (Madhavan) is a London based doctor who comes to India, on insistence of his parents, to get married. Contrary to regular stereotypes of NRIs Manu is docile, a Mohd. Rahi lover and quite rooted in Indian values. Manu, along with his parents and friend Pappi, reaches Kanpur to meet Tanu. He approves the bride only to realize soon after that she never intended to marry him. And that Tanu is a complete reverse of whatever Manu is. While Manu would go by what is conventionally right, Tanu is rebellious. She hates the concept of arranged marriage. Rather she intends to elope. Anything that is rejected by her parents is just what she wants to do. She makes Manu back out of the marriage. But as fate could have it the two bumps into each other again within days at their friends' marriage. There is a twist in the tale too as Tanu plans to get married to her boyfriend.
Tanu Weds Manu starts well. The director does not lose any time in establishing characters and settings. The characters and settings are in fact the highlights of this story. The story takes us through UP and Punjab and you have delightfully colorful personalities everywhere. And these characters are brought to life with some very lively dialogues and scenes. The settings are explored best by the Chirantas Das's cinematography. The music too fits the settings. The song 'Kajra Mohabbat Wala' is blended very well into the scene.
Thanks to the characters the first half works beautifully. But then, like most other filmmakers, Aanand L Rai loses his way in the second half! He falls prey to desire to create tense dramatic moments to keep up the interest. He does create drama but this time it does not heighten your experience but exhaust the audience.
Performances, except Kangna, are top class. Madhavan and Jimmy Sheirgill show their potential as actors. Deepak Dobriyal is delightfully spontaneous. Eijaz Khan fits right into the character. Swara Bhaskar is dynamic and leaves a mark. Kangna however is a complete misfit. She is clearly uncomfortable in dialogue delivery when it comes to comedies and we saw that in No Problem too. But she does get her expressions right.
Overall TWM turns out to be an average film because of the weak second half. It has a feel-good factor to it, which should work with some part of the audience. And then there are some dialogues which just stay with you.
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