Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Movie Review of 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'


The Story Frame

'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' is sequel to the movie 'Tanu Weds Manu' released in 2011 by Anand L Rai. The film's plot revolves around Tanu and Manu's marital discord and moves from London to India - shifting places from Kanpur, New Delhi and Jhajjhar district of Haryana. The story is about how a couple's squabble reaches to the verge of divorce; realization of love once again; and how in this family drama an innocent Haryanvi athlete falls in love with one of the protagonist. 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' is high on entertainment quotient and packed with stellar performances by all the actors, so it deserves to be watched to know what happens to Tanu and Manu's marital life having Kusum Aka Datto in between them as a strong contender for Manu.

Cast: Kangana Ranaut (Kusum, Tanu), R Madhavan (Manu), Jimmy Shergill  (Raja Awasthi), Deepak Dobriyal (Pappijee), Eijaz Khan (Jassi), Swara Bhaskar (Payal), Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub  (Chintu), Rajendra Gupta( Tanu's Father), Navni Parihar (Tanu's Mother),  K.K. Raina (Manu's Father), Dipti Mishra (Manu's Mother), Rajesh Sharma (Kusum's Brother), Rahul Shankalya (Kusum's Brother in the Village)

Genre: Drama

Language: Hindi

Story: Himanshu Sharma

Director: Anand L Rai

Producers: Kishore Lulla & Anand L Rai

Production Company: Colour Yellow Pictures

Distributed by: Eros International

Music: Krsna Solo, Tanishk-Vayu

Film Editing by: Hemal Kothari

Cinematography: Chirantan Das

Theatre Release: 22nd May, 2015

Duration: 132 minutes

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Kangana Ranaut, 'The Queen' rocks in 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns', though the film flounders a bit in the second half! Her stupendous performances as Tanu, the outrageous girl of Kanpur and Kusum aka Datto, the state-level Haryanvi athlete are worth mentioning. Kangana effortlessly slither into the character of Tanu and Kusum and it shows how Kangana has evolved into a bankable actor in Bollywood. 

The movie begins with the video footages of the wedding ceremony of Tanu and Manu and takes a four-years leap from where Anand L Rai left his characters in his previous film to chart their lives. Tanu and Manu, London based couple, approach marriage counselors to resolve their marital discord but their attempt lands Manu behind bars of the London's mental asylum for losing his cool during the counseling session. Manu feels that his wife is suffering from Bipolar disorder and to accentuate his statement he comes up with a long list of obnoxious observations about Tanu. The scene in the asylum turns out to be hilarious when the doctor listening to Manu states - "if that is the case then almost every woman in the world might be suffering from Bipolar disorder". When Tanu retorts with her version of reasons for their marital discord the asylum scene becomes too comical leaving the audience into splits.

Deepak Dobriyal as Pappijee, Swara Bhaskar as Payal Rathore, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Advocate Arun Kumar Singh and Jimmy Shergil as Raja Awasthi standout by their stellar performances. Deepak Dobriyal wins heart as Manu's sidekick and his performance successfully tickles the funny bone. Zeeshan Ayyub as a problematic tenant, lover-boy, and the advocate of Tanu who has his own sinister plans under his sleeve is outstanding. And in the midst of all these towering performances R Madhavan as Manu tries desperately hard to impress the viewers - but in vain. He seems not to be in his zing in 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' and as Tanu comments in one of the scene that he has become like a ginger growing from anywhere he wants (Adrak bangaya hi yeh, kahinse bhi bhad raha hi).

There are many instances where one shall laugh out loud: Pappijee enjoying his sightseeing in London forgetting that he is there to release Manu from the mental asylum; Payal's guilt of having a child from artificial insemination and hiding it from her husband Jassi (Eijaz Khan); the nagging mother of Manu and his father who claims that married life is to bear till you can afford and when you lose your cool - he breaks the tube light; Pappijee being escorted to the dias in Delhi University to deliver a lecture on Heart strokes; Tanu's appearance in a bath towel to see the would-be groom of her cousin amidst relatives and guests; Raja Awasthi's grievance that Manu wants both the original and the duplicate as well; Kusum singing an English song and seeking appreciation from Manu for her American accent.

The emotional tide that swept the audience are when Ankit Tiwari's melodious song "Mat Ja Re' is played; when Kusum gives back the ear rings gifted by Manu and says that she tried her best to keep the tops safe but it has turned out to be costly for her; Kusum confronting Manu to check whether he is in dilemma to get married to her; the wedding stage where Kusum says that no one around her is happy and that she is an athlete - she either comes first or fails but never goes for a consolation price.

The second half of the film is plagued with flaws and idiosyncrasies, a few to mention - Manu Sharma rushing to India to find his wife Tanuja Trivedi and falling in love with a look alike Delhi University Haryanvi student half his age; Manu approaching Kusum's family to propose marriage even before getting a legal divorce and Kusum's brother being portrayed as too accommodative and progressive; both Tanu and Manu being childishly adamant and easily falling prey to each other's stubbornness; the whole family of Manu Sharma, Tanu, Raja Awasthi, Pappijee, Jassi  and family along with his kidnapped sister participating in the most controversial marriage of Manu and Kusum; Tanu wandering in the village lane in Haryana half drunk knocking at a closed beauty parlour in the middle of the night and picking up a wig to look like Kusum;  Raja Awasthi, an ex-gangster turned contractor, who  was actually engaged to Tanu previously once again going through the experience of losing his would-be bridegroom to Manu is found participating in the wedding arrangements and counseling Manu to go back to his wife; the seventh fera of the wedding ceremony turning out to be too bollywood filmi style and clich├ęd for a realization of the actual vows of whether to be together or not.

Having said this, it is ok to be sentimental and not be so judgemental when you have two Kangana Ranauts competing with each other vying for appreciation from the viewers by their spectacular performances and aptly supported by a galaxy of performers.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns songs - "Banno", "Move On", Mat Ja Re", "Old School Girl", "Mari Gali", and "Ghani Bawri"- are hummable and melodious, it stays with you for long. Watch Tanu Weds Manu for its entertainment quotient and forgive Tanu and Manu's crew for meandering into illogical fields out of enthusiasm and sheer entertainment purpose.

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating:  3.5/5