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'Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’: Rajkummar's sincere act only high point

By Sanya Pandey
New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI) After successful films like ‘Badrinath ki Dulhania’ and ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ with a flavour of shaadi season, it was with much expectation that one enters the cinema hall to watch Rajkummar Rao’s ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’.

On the overall level, however, the film turns out to be a disappointment with no different plot talking about dowry in Indian marriages and women empowerment.

The movie is a love story set in Kanpur that revolves around Satyendra Mishra aka Sattu (Rajkummar Rao), an excise department clerk and Aarti Shukla (Kriti Kharbanda), a college topper eyeing a civil service job and wary of being trapped in the four walls of domesticity.

They meet through an arranged marriage alliance and fall in love.
At the same time, their parents are making their marriage into a dowry business.

On the day of their wedding, Aarti finds out that she has been selected in the UPSC and that her future mother-in-law doesn't want her to work after marriage.
Encouraged by her elder sister, she runs away from her own wedding to pursue her aspirations, leaving behind a devastated Satyendra.

Five years later, they meet again under different dire circumstances.
However, this time, there is no love, just war, as Satyendra sets out to take revenge on a repentant Aarti.
Will Sattu avenge Aarti's betrayal? Will the two get together? That's what the rest of ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ is about.

Despite a buzz around it, 'Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana' comes across as a muddled take on a girl who dares to run away from a wedding in order to pursue her career ambitions leaving a loving boy behind, leaving one wonder which side of gender is right.

The film starts off on a rather promising note and stays on course for roughly the first 30 minutes -- this phase is devoted to an about-to-be-married couple's awkward courtship.
And then the dowry blow is delivered.
It is all downhill from here on.

It seems that the debutante director Ratna Sinhaa wants to embrace topics like anti-dowry, anti-corruption, women empowerment -- all in one go.
However, in the end the movie has nothing new to offer.

However, the movie is interesting in parts.
For example, the entire scene where both the families bargain on the dowry is intense and leaves an impact.
It also reveals layers of certain characters being peeled off and show their nature.

Sattu’s family asks for Rs 25 lakh as dowry, which the girl's father agrees to solely because 'Acche ghar ke ladke itna toh maangte hi hai’ (This is the least that boys from good families expect from the bridegroom family) despite the fact that his daughter is more educated and more capable than the boy.

Rajkummar is brilliant in every scene, be it in a scene which has him blushing over pronouncing an English word incorrectly, or one where he blasts Aarti for saying the wrong thing.

However, while overall Rajkummar does a good job as Satyendra Mishra, his act becomes repetitive after a point.
The actor wastes his talent wooing a woman throughout the film.

It is a pity that Rajkummar had to play a role so haphazardly written wherein Satyendra Mishra mutates from a self-effacing, sensitive young man to a vengeful lout.

Kriti Kharbanda's character was under-written.
She wilts under the weight while sticking steadfastly to a single expression to convey a range of emotions.

Her character of Aarti, meant to be -- joyous, chirpy, emphatic, rebellious, cornered, does not let her feelings register on her visage.

Story and screenplay are the weak links in the film.
The story is so weak and unbelievable in certain parts that you fail to connect with Kriti’s character.
Kriti, who was impressive in 'Guest in London', needed a better script to prove her mettle.

Nonetheless, she makes for a beautiful watch and together the couple is a delight.

The supporting cast of Govind Namdeo, Manoj Raina and KK Raina, is decent.

Music is nothing to talk about with most songs being melodramatically loud.

The film has excelled but melodrama is too much, the pace is too slow and the second half is unbearable.

'Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ is a huge, uncontrollable cinematic dab that runs its tiresome two-and-a-half-hour course without ever getting its perspectives in order.
The film is an invite that should be ignored but it’s a treat to watch solely because of Rajkummar and his skills.

Ratings 2/5 (one for Rajkummar Rao’s acting, one for cinematography)

Will not forget Bday celebration with Dil Chahta Hai team: Sonali Kulkarni

Panaji, Nov 24 (UNI) Actress Sonali Kulkarni has said that she would never forget celebrating her birthday with Dil Chahta Hai team in Goa.


'Pihu', 'Pushkar Puran' open IFFI's Indian Panorama section

Panaji, Nov 23 (UNI) Hindi feature film 'Pihu' and non-feature film 'Pushkar Puran' opened Indian Panorama section of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Asia’s biggest film festival, which is underway here.


Lucky, I didn't need to knock people's door for work: Arbaaz Khan

By Sanya Pandey
New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Actor Arbaaz Khan, who is all set for the release of his upcoming film 'Tera Intezaar' along with Sunny Leone, said he was lucky that he didn't have to knock on people's door for the work.


TV actor Prachi Tehlan differs with Manushi on Miss World's winning question

New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) Manushi Chhilar’s answer to her Miss world winning question may have garnered her applause from many quarters but television actress Prachi Tehlan has a different take on the question.

Sexy Durga

'Sexy Durga' among eight Indian entries at 39th Cairo film festival

Cairo, Nov 22 (UNI) The hugely controversial Malayalam film 'Sexy Durga' is among the eight Indian films that will be screened during the 39th Cairo International Film Festival.

Non-feature film 'Pushkar Puran' screened as opening film of IFFI

Non-feature film 'Pushkar Puran' screened as opening film of IFFI

Panaji, Nov 21 (UNI) Pushkar Puran, a Hindi docu-drama directed by Kamal Swaroop, was screened as opening film in the non-feature film category of Indian Panorama Section of 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) being held here on Tuesday.

DEPwD, DFF to organise Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran

DEPwD, DFF to organise Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran

New Delhi, Jul 17 (UNI) The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is organising ‘Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran-2017’ in association with Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.

Sanjay&Madhuri reunite for 'Akhiyan Milaon' in StarPlus show

Sanjay&Madhuri reunite for 'Akhiyan Milaon' in StarPlus show

New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) More than two decades after creating a buzz with their chemistry in the romantic song 'Akhiyan Milaon Kabhi Akhiyan Churaon' in the film 'Raja', actor Sanjay kapoor and the 90s Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit will reunite for the in 'classic' romantic number in Star Plus’ new show ‘Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara’.