2018 will probably be remembered as the year Hindi Cinema matured. While this year didn’t witness many commercial successes to the likes of Chennai Express, Singham, and so on, it definitely has rocked the audience from their core in terms of what it can deliver. This year the stories aren’t your regular romantic drama films that eventually all blur into one common ground. This year, we have gone through a wide panorama of distinct and engaging plots. And the year has not ended even. We have more coming, especially the thugs of Hindustan.
Badhai Ho may not be the best of the best but it certainly stands out in an year that has anyway delivered unconventional plots. It is great in terms of its storytelling, in terms of characters, in terms of staying true to reality, and of course ‘Acting’.
Let me begin with the performances. Despite not being big names like say an Alia Bhatt or a Ranbir Kapoor, the actors did justice to their characters’ personalities. Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) was a convincing boy-next-door, while Renee (Sania Malhotra) was the typical humble upper class girl. Mrs and Mr Kaushik (Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao) were the perfect middle class couple who are stucked through thick and thin for years and now taking pleasure in the simple joys life has to offer. Gullar is a confused, angsty teenager like we all have been at some point in life.
At no point did I feel the story was something thrown together last minute. It was well-formulated and presented. They aptly capture the calm of familiarity, longevity brings into the marriage of a middle-aged couple. While the relationship of Nakul and Renee may raise eyebrows amidst the older generation, it isn’t far from the truth of youngsters in urban cities. Nakul and Gullar share the love-hate rapport that any pair of brothers do. And the relationship between Nakul and his parents is very characteristic of any conservative middle class family.
Even the settings, from the dirty toilet in the school, to Renee’s posh bungalow is all on point. The language, humor, and sarcasm used could be a part of the discourse between any two ordinary Delhiites.
Badhaai Ho is funny and witty, without being sexist or vulgar. The music is comical, further emphasizing the lightheartedness of the events that transpire. It could’ve been paced faster, but the moderate pace allows us to really consume everything the movie has to offer.
While it is not preachy, it is certainly a social commentary that doesn’t criticize. We witness the contrast in the romance between two youth (Renee and Nakul) and two middle-aged folks (Mr. and Mrs. Kaushik). It accurately portrays the attitude of Indians towards sex (post-marital even!) and how our prudish mentality pervades all financial backgrounds. The movie takes away the shame associated with a late unplanned baby but also shows all the hurdles that take place when something of this sort happens.
What’s your Badhai Ho review?
While Badhaai Ho may not be an intense movie with a social message, it is definitely an entertainer with an honest story to tell. Here’s to yet another wonderful delivery by Hindi Cinema.