Badrinath Ki Dulhania movie review: A flat cocktail of B’wood films

  • Badrinath Ki Dulhania movie review: A flat cocktail of B’wood films
    Badrinath Ki Dulhania movie review: A flat cocktail of B’wood films
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Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Yash Sinha, Sahil Vaid, Rituraj Singh, Swanand Kirkire, Gauhar Khan
Director: Shashank Khaitan

A lingering frown ever since Karan Johar decided to not just mock Kangana Ranaut’s English, but to also present himself as a gracious but exasperated host who decided to retain and telecast all that she said about him on his show despite the fact that she was being a whining woman. Did he not watch his own show? Ms Ranaut was kicking ass and calling him out, and what Mr Johar did thereafter qualifies as A-grade whinging, as well as severe self-deception. Not a word of what she said was untrue, and not a word of what Mr Johar said thereafter must be excused. Mr Johar defines nepotism conveniently, but he exercises it generously. If you can hold back your puke, just watch the genuflection he repeatedly does in all his films to DDLJ and other such. Or, go through the guest list of his show, if not the cast and crew of his films. It’s hamara saath, hamara vikas. But I labour the point, and digress. Simply put, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is produced by him and stars two Bollywood kids he launched.   So you’ll understand, I hope, why I’m not favourably inclined towards any progressive, feminist messaging from him.

So, Badrinath Ki… In Jhansi lives the Bansal parivar. Papa Bansal, Mama Bansal, slightly sad big brother Alok Bansal (Yash Sinha), his quiet and obedient wife Urvashi Bansal and younger brother Badrinath Bansal (Varun Dhawan). The Bansals are the proud proprietors of a car showroom and they are loansharks. They also live in a huge haveli where Papa Bansal (Rituraj Singh) harbours a rather common patriarchal, penile ego. In his world, and the world of those orbiting around him, a boy is an asset, and a girl a liability. A boy’s worth must be encashed at the time of his wedding, paid by the girl’s side. Badri’s pal, Somdev (Sahil Vaid), runs a match-making matrimonial site, Badri, who is entrusted with collecting loan repayments, lands up at a wedding in Kota, Rajasthan, where he encounters Vaidehi Trivedi (Alia Bhatt), carrying heavy baggage from her past and secret dreams of a life free of the oppressive talk of shaadi and dahej.

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