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REVIEW-TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS

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Courtesy: Wikipedia

Seenti-maar dialogues, exceptionally built characters, good music, brilliant casting and two Kangana Ranauts-
A lavish meal for you served with another extraordinary talented lad-Deepak Dobriyal.

Tanu Weds Manu released in 2011 and it was a fun film. It wasn’t exceptional and I never expected a sequel but it was nice to see something different, it was nice to see a female protagonist get ample amount of screen space, not just as an actor but as a character.
The sequel came as a surprise and I really wondered what made Anand Rai go for this one. At first, I thought it might just be another cringy sequel but then I had faith in his filmmaking capabilities because I had actually loved Ranjhanna.
The most interesting part about Tanu Weds Manu Returns in the beginning was Kangana, as Datto, the Haryanvi college girl. Kangana’s always given power packed performances and she’s always been brilliant, but highly underrated.
Thanks to Queen, now she’s being accepted and Kangana, as Datto was an eye candy.

The film begins quite abruptly (at least for me) as we get an insight into the estranged marriage of both Tanu and Manu.
It’s quite typical and I thought it wasn’t working till the character of Datto came into the picture. But even though there were problems with the screenplay in the beginning, the dialogues worked majestically. The dialogues and Deepak Dobriyal saved the film till Datto got introduced.
And after that, Rai’s film hardly hit a false note. What I really liked about this film was that Rai kept it quite simple.
The characters are relatable and we’ve all seen such people around us.
Even though these characters belong to a middle class family, they have their complexities and they make mistakes, like we all do and they have the power to break stereotypes, they have the power to surpass cliches.
Though some people might feel that the climax degrades women, as Manu sticks to his original Tanu (SPOILER) and he doesn’t choose Datto, but that’s probably the harsh reality? That’s how people are.
Rai never made a film on idealistic characters and both his protagonists are screwed people. They are messed up and they are far from perfect. Datto’s the only sorted character in the film, but I’m sure she’s got her flaws and Rai didn’t highlight them because that’s how a creative person works and if we look at it rationally, then we’ll see how Tanu and Manu actually loved each other. It was the ego that came in and later on, it was the distance and Datto’s presence that made them realise how much they felt for each other.
Another thing that left me quite awestruck was the way Rai placed Datto’s characteristics. Without a doubt, you’ll come out of the theatres loving her unconditionally. She belongs to a small village, she belongs to a conservative family, but that doesn’t stop her from being independent or having a broadened mentality.
She’s a self-made woman, she’s a national athlete, she’s a graduate-She has no problems with Manu’s first marriage, she has the ‘balls’ to fight for the person she loves and she even has the ‘balls’ to let go off him because she cares about everyone’s happiness and she’s selfless.
Rai’s writer Himanshu Sharma’s brilliant and the way he has created Datto, I’m sure it’s gonna stay with people for a really long time.

Technically too, it’s a wonderful film and all the departments deserve the acknowledgment. The music by Krsna Sola compliments the film and is truly outstanding. Banno Tera Swagger and Ghani Bawri leading from the front-They’ve already become hit dancing numbers, followed by the beautiful Mat Ja Re.

The casting is so brilliant that you can’t help but praise each and every actor. Madhavan shockingly didn’t have much to do, but he still leaves a mark. I don’t think anyone can cry like him, he makes your heart sink whenever you see him enacting an emotional scene. (Took me back to Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, one of my all time favourites)
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub, Jimmy Shergill, Swara Bhaskar and Eijaz Khan-They all have small but really important bits in the film, especially Jimmy Shergill and all of them are extraordinary. (We really need to see more of Shergill, he’s class-apart)

But TWMR belongs to Kangana Ranaut and Deepak Dobriyal.
Deepak Dobriyal’s comic timing is so perfect that he can actually transform a Manoj Kumar into a Navjyot Singh Sidhu.
He’s underrated, impeccable and pitch-perfect, hope to see him a lot more.
And what can one say about this powerhouse of talent? The exceptional, the mesmerising Kangana Ranaut?
She slides into both the characters with ease and forms two completely different personalities with sublimity.

As the wild and impulsive Tanuja Trivedi, she makes us believe that not everyone’s sorted in life, she’s messed up and broken, yet she hides it with her unnecessary wit and overconfidence. There’s a small moment in the ‘Move On’ song where you’ll notice her expertise.

^Notice how her expressions change after 1:34 seconds:It’ll blow your mind, that small moment speaks for Tanu’s dilemma and Kangana’s brilliance.

And as the old-school-girl Datto, she’s adorable and powerful at the same time. There’s another small moment in the film where Datto quite tranquilly calls off the wedding and walks away confidently, in the end breaking down like a small baby.
It’s a tear-jerking moment and you might just shed a few tears along with Datto.
Kangana’s finally getting her dues and I’m so glad that she exists.
Even though there are a few loopholes in the film and it takes a few bumpy turns, you will still enjoy this film, as it’s heartfelt and real. Anand Rai’s a genius and Himanshu Sharma’s an envious writer-Special commendation for the dialogues and if you still need just one reason to watch this film?
It’s Kangana Ranaut.

‘Vo Dekh Kabootar’

4 stars

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REVIEW-PIKU

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A 70-year-old constipated hypochondriac who’s too grumpy to handle, a young and successful architect who takes care of her strange father as if he’s her son and the owner of a private taxi company who’s rational yet complicated.
Three central characters and poop.
Yes, that’s what completes Piku and Juhi Chaturvedi’s undeniably the star of this beautiful ‘motion’ picture. 
(Mango Pulp, anyone?)

Piku doesn’t talk about complexities, Piku doesn’t talk about anything exemplary.
It’s a piece of you, it’s a piece of me, it’s a piece of our lives.
It is simple, full of heart and mesmeric.

Piku Banerjee is a well brought up, intelligent and highly successful woman who takes care of her 70-year-old childlike hypochondriac father Bhashkor Banerjee, as her mother had passed away a while back. Her life’s entangled between work, her father and her messed up personal life, as Bhashkor doesn’t want her to get married and ends up pushing away all her possible beaus by telling them that she isn’t a virgin.
It might sound weird and crass but that’s when you realise Bhashkor is actually like a little kid and just can’t let her daughter go away-adorably selfish.
Along with impeccably written characters and dialogues, it’s the casting that works over here.
The casting and then the performances are like those cherries on top of a perfectly baked cake with extremely tempting and mouthwatering icing.
Amitabh Bachchan was destined to play Bhashkor and I say this with full confidence, as he raises the bar for actors with each film that he does. From his Bengali dialect to his body language, his expressions to his walk, everything reminded me of my grandfather and I’m sure it’ll do the same to you. Mr. Bachchan was the perfect choice and he did full justice to the exquisitely written character of Bhashkor.
He irritates the maid by standing on top of her all the time, he taunts his wife’s sister about her innumerable marriages, he doesn’t let her daughter get married because he wants her to stay independent and take care of him, cribs about his bowel problems all the time, irrespective of the place and time, and even then, you’ll fall in love with him.
In one scene Bhashkor criticises women and their capitulation towards their better halves. He feels that women should not get married, as it takes away their independence and they end up surrendering their freedom.
Bhashkor wasn’t just a pain in the ‘ass,’ he was intelligent and wise, as well.

Deepika Padukone surprised me as Piku. Probably her own nature coincided with Piku’s and that helped her carry the character forward, but Deepika’s surely got her critics going, as they’ll have to shut themselves up and hide in some deserted part of the world now.
You would want to marry her after watching the film, she’s that gorgeous. She’s effortless, immensely confident and stands tall amongst maestros like Irrfan Khan and Mr. Bachchan.
Piku’s the ideal modern woman-She’s smart, she’s intelligent, she’s successful, she’s independent, she’s sexually independent, she takes care of her father and has no regrets about it-Basically, she’s a wonder woman, but she’s got her flaws.
Chaturvedi’s just brilliant with her characters and Deepika’s complimented her writer so well that you would end up forgetting that you’re watching Deepika Padukone in a film, it’s that natural and authentic. She’s undoubtedly the reigning queen of our industry alongside Kangana Ranaut.

Saved the best for the last-
Irrfan Khan, naam toh suna hee hoga?

Irrfan as Rana Chowdhary, who owns a private taxi company and drives Piku and Bashkor to Kolkatta in some uncertain and weird circumstances delivers yet another profoundly accomplished performance.
His straight face-dry and dark humour always does the job. He has some of the funniest scenes with Mr. Bachchan and they would really chuckle yours bones up. This man is gifted and he can never hit a false note.

Piku’s music by Anupam Roy is a delight and the camerawork by Kamaljeet Negi is extraordinary. The entire technical staff deserves an applause along with the supporting cast, especially Moushumi Chatterjee as Chaubi Mausi.
But Juhi Chaturvedi takes it away for me.
She’s written the story, the dialogues and the screenplay.
Piku’s actually her baby and this baby is extremely gorgeous. Chaturvedi’s one of the best writers in the country and it’s time we start respecting and acknowledging the female writers of our country.
Shoojit Sircar provided the perfect path to Chaturvedi’s vision and together they are as strong as Bhashkor and his constipation.
They’ve done it with Vicky Donor, they’ve done it with Madras Cafe and this time, they’ve done it again with Piku.
Do yourselves a favour and catch this lovely film as soon as possible. (To those who haven’t seen it yet. 😛 )

And don’t forget:
‘Insaan Ka Emotion Uska Motion Ke Sath Juda Hua Hai’
Chaturvedi used this strange metaphor to perfection and formed a highly ironic end.
Piku’s full of laughter, nostalgia, love and little bit of tears.
In short, go for it.

4 stars

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Happy Mother’s Day Maa :)

I entered this world, just like any of us.
Held by the nurse, then by the doctor, my unstoppable tears created a major fuss.
But I guess I’d presumed.
Instead, my tears got people happy, as they jumped around shouting- ‘It’s a boy, it’s a boy’
Scared and baffled, I wondered where I was,
The smiles agitated me, really wanted to break a few of those jaws.

So many faces glared at me, I pondered how I got in here?
Couldn’t even speak, so I just weeped.
But to my surprise, this really weak looking woman who was on the hospital bed, she made me feel better. Yes, even she was weeping.
I finally felt good, at least someone’s not making fun of my tears.

My tears got her worried, even though we’d met just two minutes back.
She forgot her tears, her weakness, her pain
It bothered me,
I wanted her to explain.

Then I noticed a smile on her face, as her tear dropped near my left cheek,
I don’t know why, but it felt like a blissful rain droplet.
I couldn’t weep any longer, I ended up smiling.
Her smile widened, as she kissed my forehead,
I knew who she was, even though everything remained unsaid.
She was the one, who’s always gonna defend,
She was the one, who’s never gonna pretend,
The new found relationship, I knew would transcend,

She was my mother, my very first best-friend.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, but most of all,
Happy Mother’s to my mother, who’s really the most important person in my life.
My pillar, my strength, my friend, my complaint box, my speed dial, my chef, my agony aunt, my love and basically, my everything.
Sometimes I fight with you for no reason and that’s just because I love irritating you.
Love you way too much.
🙂

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