Tanu Weds Manu Movie Review

Tanu Weds Manu Movie Review

Tanu Weds Manu Movie Review - Tanu Weds Manu Story, Movie Review, Cast And RatingMany of us, including me tend to have the common misconception that all NRIs are people who don’t have any connections with their homeland in terms of following traditions, cultures, rituals, and festivities. And sadly, most of the films that have been released so far have portrayed NRIs as cool, hip and fashionable youngsters who either arrive home wearing an Armani or driving a Ferrari.

Fortunately for us, all that changes with director Aanand L Rai’s second directorial venture ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, after Strangers. Released on February 25, 2011, the film revolves around your classic case of an NRI groom arriving in India to select a prospective bride. And in stark contrast to the other films (that have portrayed NRIs the way I described them), the NRI groom in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is a very down to earth character; soft natured, sans any attitude, and strongly fixed to his Indian roots (a typical old fashioned individual if you ask me).

Manu (Madhavan) is as docile as they can get. Quite traditional in his ideals and approach, Manu belives strongly in the concept of arranged marriages and is a strict follower of the traditions and rituals of his motherland.

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That is exactly why he has come to India in the first place. Manu believes that he would find a girl who could bring back the cultural values and principles instilled in her by her elders, back to London where he practises as a doctor.

He is in for a surprise however when he realises that India and its people (especially girls) has changed and how! No longer shy, or traditional, the girls in India have moved on forward in their thoughts and mannerisms, with more of them keen on following the Western lifestyle.

Manu’s hunt for the perfect bride leads him to a small town in Kanpur. And this is where he meets Tanu (Kangana Ranaut), a fiesty girl who is nothing like Manu had ever imagined. Having studied in Delhi, Tanu is every bit your rebellious individual, used to going against the wishes of her parents every time.

Intelligent, straightforward and smart, and yet domineering and uncontrollable, Tanu drinks, smokes and throws expletives very easily. She’s had plenty of affairs in the past, with the most recent one being inked to her heart (her current boyfriend’s name).

She completely abhors arranged marraiges and the society that forces girls to get into them. And when Manu comes to see her, Tanu is hell bent on chasing him away whatever way she can.

Tanu Weds Manu Movie Review - Tanu Weds Manu Story, Movie Review, Cast And Rating

Unfortunately for her though (and fortunately for us), Manu falls head over heels in love with Tanu at first sight and is hell bent on marrying her. How they manage to find love in the midst of their diverse, contrasting and warring personalities is what Tanu Weds Manu is all about!

Director Aanand L Rai is known for choosing unconventional subjects and plots for his films. He manages to achieve the same with ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ which is loaded with unpredictable twists and turns; thanks to the unusual plotline that keeps you guessing till the end as to whether the two dramatically diverse characters would tie the knot or not!

However, it’s not only that factor alone that keeps the movie entertaining. Tanu Weds Manu plays out like a journey that lets you hitch a ride in order to view, and experience Tanu and Manu’s voyage of love, up close and personal.

Tanu Weds Manu Movie Review - Tanu Weds Manu Story, Movie Review, Cast And Rating

The movie is lighthearted and easy on the eyes (courtesy the nice visuals that capture the essence of Kanpur and its inhabitants). Laden with equal doses of great, standard and tiresome moments, the film has some exemplary sequences that manage to keep your attention intact throughout the narrative. For instance, the scene where Manu confides about Tanu’s rejection to his friend (Deepak Dobriyal) has been handled wonderfully. And the sudden twist at the interval is praiseworthy.

That said and done, some sequences turn out to be illogical bloopers as well. Tanu’s sudden transformation from a chatterbox to a passive girl is totally uncalled for while Jimmy Shergill’s feigned innocense over meeting Madhavan for the first time is confusing.

The second half of the film tends to drag a bit with the script and the ensuing screenplay getting shaky near the middle. However, the final 15 – 20 minutes of the movie have you sitting at the edge of the seat, wondering how everything is going to turn out in the end. And even though the end is pretty formulaic, it has been well implented. That can make us pardon the other flaws mentioned above.

Tanu Weds Manu Movie Review - Tanu Weds Manu Story, Movie Review, Cast And Rating

Madhavan has enacted the role of Manu really well. As the realistic, forthright and restrained NRI who begs to differ from most if not all the other NRI grooms, Madhavan is sincere and commited in his efforts, the results of which are clearly visible on screen.

Kangana Ranaut is natural in her role of the rebellious Tanu and it surprises me as to how she manages to slip into the shoes of the character she plays with such ease and perfection. I loved her in Fashion and love her more here in Tanu Weds Manu. The only flaw with her otherwise perfect portrayal was her pronounciation which sounded a bit odd. Hope she works on that as well!

You might have been used to seeing Jimmy Shergill as the soft natured character he plays in almost all his movies. However, he’ll definitely surprise you in Tanu Weds Manu. Playing a character that is completely off his graph (or league), Jimmy manages to leave a positive impression within the time frame given to him.

Tanu Weds Manu Movie Review - Tanu Weds Manu Story, Movie Review, Cast And Rating

Apart from these characters, the rest of the cast, including Ravi Kissen, Deepal Dobriyal, Rajendra Gupta, K.K. Raina, Navni Parihaar, Swara Bhaskar, and Eijaz Khan and Deepti Mishra are justifiable if not impressive.

On the whole, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is a light hearted romcom flick that promises to be fun, romantic, dramatic and entertaining, all at once. And although you would probably be rooting for India in the World Cup when the film releases, we recommend catching this joy ride in between for a sweet journey of love, family and marriage! You will love it for sure!

Director: Aanand L Rai

Cast: Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Dobriyal and Ravi Kisen

Rating: 3.5/5

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