Tanu Weds Manu Returns With Overwhelming Swag!

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The actor who has defied every rule in the Bollywood rule book, Kangana Ranaut is probably the only A-list actor that we have in the industry, who is a bundle of talent and curly hair. One look at her career and you know that she has never really marched to the beat of a regular drummer, as her journey has always been akin to alternative music. Watching her in Tanu Weds Manu Returns is like watching an athlete who is at the top of her game.

So, what’s a typical Bollywood romance usually like?  Boy meets girl, they sing songs and fight villains, and eventually, tie the knot to live happily ever after. But, what about life after you attain the legal stamp of marriage? Tanu Weds Manu Returns discusses just that. A sequel to the love-story of Kanpur’s Tanu and the London based Indian doctor, Manu; this movie is double the hilarity and awesomeness that was achieved by the first movie.

Utterly bored with her husband, Tanu is a wife who is constantly in the need of validation of her appeal from her husband. He, on the other hand, thinks she has bipolar disorder. Both have a major showdown in a mental hospital; following which, Tanu comes to her hometown, Kanpur in India. Just as you stagger into the movie, you have Tanu commenting on her husband’s physique, “Adrak ho gaya hai yeh admi, kahin se bhi badh raha hai!” (This man has become like a ginger, expanding from every possible angle.) And, when she complains that the spark of their love story has fizzled out, the bovine Manu retorts, “Main insaan hoon, lighter nahi.” (I am a human, not a lighter.) Quirky dialogues run predominant throughout the flick.

Four years into the marriage, the couple has driven each other hysterical, and right on cue, we have Kangana’s double role, Kusum coming into the scene with her “sports quota.” While Tanu is unreasonably obstinate, Kusum is articulate, innocent, and intelligently so. Cutting the long story short, Kangana as both Kusum and Tanu, is a delight to watch. Be it her delectable charm as Tanu or her Haryanvi accent as Kusum, she plays both roles with sumptuous skill and how!

Kangana is the queen in the flick, yes, but it would be villainous to ignore the master strokes of Deepak Dobriyal who plays the role of Pappi, who is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s jester. He gets to mouth the most incredible as well as the most hilarious dialogues. Close in heels comes Jimmy Shergill, who plays Raja Awasthi. The finesse with which he plays the character is endearing. You are bound to feel sorry for him as you near the climax of the movie. Swara Bhaskar, who plays Tanu’s friend’s role, is a genius, to say the least. Madhavan, as usual, is a treat to watch. Just like a mature actor would do, he takes a step back for Kangana to come and appropriate the space for both her roles.

This movie will leave you in bouts of laughter, yes, but you might just end up shedding a tear or two. After all, you can’t really hold back your emotions when Geeta Dutt’s “Ja ja ja bewafa” plays in the background, and you watch an inebriated Tanu stumble through the deserted dark alleys of the city in the dead of the night.

Sangeeta Purkayastha

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