Cast: Kangana Ranaut, R Madhavan, Deepak Dobriyal, Jimmy Sheirgill, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Swara Bhaskar, Eijaz Khan, Rajesh Sharma
Direction: Aanand L Rai
This film is a laughter riot. Not only will the first half give you a fair share of LOL and ROFL moments, you will continue to laugh at some of the jokes much after you have left the theatre.
Four years into their marriage Tanu and Manu have some issues that need to be addressed. Instead of looking for an easy resolution, our lead couple – with their distinct personality types -- lets a typical marital discord mutate into a huge mess.
Tanuja Trivedi (Kangana Ranaut) is a rebel without a cause. She is very much the person she was four years ago – she still doesn’t worry about consequences. She has been lonely in the UK; her marriage doesn’t seem to have the same spark and when she thinks she has done her bit to save it, she decides to come back to Kanpur. Armed with the same spunk and charm and now some additional true English openness and “sophistication” – Tanu wants to find out if she still has the same allure of her single days.
Our quiet doctor Manoj Sharma (R Madhavan) in his reserved, restrained manner also thinks he has done his bit. The sensitive Manuji is now in love with a girl half his age and ready to give the hallowed institution of marriage another shot. He hopes that with a more adaptable spouse, he can be the loving/caring husband he aspires to be.
Every married couple has gone through a stage where they have wondered why the fizz in their marriage seems to be fizzling out? Every individual in a marriage, whether it is the husband or the wife, has wondered if they can still wield the same appeal they could before they got married and written off. Every spouse at some point looks for vindication – for a chance to prove that with a more understanding partner, the relationship has the ability to be extraordinary.
The fault is never ours; it is always the other who has faltered.
Tanu and Manu in an attempt to absolve themselves effect a chain reaction oblivious of the ramifications of their actions.
Tanu reconnects with her former lover Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Sheirgill) who was finally hoping to get married. Her other admirers, like the law student played by Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, become collateral damage and once scorned they can be dangerous.
Manu’s alliance with the state-level athlete Kusum, called ‘Datto’ because of her protruding teeth, spells doom for this young Haryanvi girl hailing from a typical patriarchal household.
Tanu and Manu misadventures, however, make for a fun journey. What makes the simple story remarkable is the performance by the supporting cast – Deepak Dobriyal as Manu’s friend belts out a solid portrayal. Jimmy Sheirgill and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub are underused but brilliant in their roles. Rajesh Sharma and Swara Bhaskar bring up the rear with robust cameos.
A special mention here for the dialogues – it is exceptional how mundane conversations can be so hilarious. Directors like Sajid Khan and Indra Kumar, who dole out crass in the name of humour, should take a leaf out of Rai’s brand of comedy.
But the jokes and the fun apart, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ creates some last impressions: When Tanu scorns the unsophisticated Kusum, the feisty athlete is quick to counter how she is infinitely more capable than her sexy doppelganger. When Swara, in passing, mentions how some men measure their masculinity by their sperm count. When the naïve Ayyub says he cares little about Kangana’s marital status. When Rajesh Sharma exposes the absurdity of the predominance of patriarchy in the Jatland.
I also like how the camera stays on Kusum during the climax – under the tough exterior, she seems like the only one who gets the raw deal in this romantic chaos that Tanu and Manu orchestrate.
Aanand L Rai is sure commanding mastery over stories emanating from the North Indian heartland – the dialect, the nuances and the humour.
Watch ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, it will definitely make you laugh out loud for the most part. This is one sexy swagger by Kangana.
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