Four years ago Tanuja (Tanu) Trivedi married Manoj (Manu) Sharma, a NRI doctor despite all odds. Tanu was set to marry Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Sheirgill). But Manu stayed firm in his love for Tanu despite facing odds from her as well. All’s well that ends well…
Or so it seemed…
Aanand L. Rai had other plans. He returns with a sequel that is rip-roaring, hits a raw nerve and is entertaining, entertaining, entertaining!
A sequel that is even better than the original.
Before I go any further, I would like you, dear readers, to join me in giving a standing ovation to Kangana Ranaut for a super fantastic performance. One that surpasses her performance in QUEEN a million times!
Here, there is a double dose of Kangana. It took me a while to realize that Kusum was indeed being played by Kangana as well, a double role!
For cinema lovers, and Kangana fans in particular, this is going to be one helluva ride as we see Tanu and Kusum, two diverse characters, brilliantly portrayed by the actor. Sanjeev Kumar, to my mind, is the last actor who managed different avatars in a single movie with no resemblance to his other characters. You don’t know who to applaud for, Kusum or Tanu. So damn convincingly brilliant is Kangana in TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS.
Kudos to the director for helming such a close-to-reality situation with dollops of humour and charting the course of each and every character with a passion that goes beyond the art of good film-making. Rarely do you notice the body language of a character who is just in the frame. And here I am talking about the support cast, not the lead pair.
Each and every actor delivers, and how. Jimmy Sheirgill shows just that right amount of restraint and temperament in Raja, who is being taken for a ride the second time at the marriage altar by the same man. Deepak Dobriyal’s performance is superlative. Swara Bhaskar, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub and Eijaz Khan are fantastic. Ditto Rajendra Gupta and Navni Parihar (Tanu’s father and mother); K K Raina and Dipti Mishra (Manu’s parents) and Rajesh Sharma.
Special mention must be made of Madhavan who portrays his helpless love for his Tanu whilst pursuing Kusum. ”Reebok nahi to Reebuk!” Brilliant.
Dialogues are ‘ceeti’ worthy. The last time you witnessed this phenomenon was whilst watching DIRTY PICTURE. What makes the dialogues even more witty and sharper is the manner in which Rai creates the situation and the actors deliver them-with a complete repertoire of delivery implementing subtle body language. Even the use of songs, especially ‘I am sentimental’ to push the plot forward is superb.
The movie begins with Tanu and Manu in a clinic for the depressed in London [where they live] exchanging with a team of doctors the woes of their married life. It’s like Chris Gayle and A B de Villiers smothering the opposition bowling with clean hitting. Both Madhavan and Kangana begin with a bang, flying off the handle, displaying the pressures of modern-day marriage, before Manu is led to a cell for the mentally ill!
Kangana comes to India, sans her husband. Manu follows a few weeks later after his friend Pappi (Deepak Dobriyal) gets him out. He decides to file for divorce but his lawyer tells him it’s better to first send just a notice. Meanwhile, Tanu’s lawyer sends a Divorce letter without her knowledge because he has fallen for her and Manu, falls in love with Kusum, an athlete from Delhi who bears a resemblance to Tanu.
Towards the end, Tanu is heart-broken as Manu, once again begins to take his saath pheras.
So are there any flaws. Of course, but this is one film where overall brilliance overshadows these flaws.
It is unbelievable that a wife would leave her sane husband in a mental asylum, pack her bags for India and call his friend in Kanpur and ask him to come and take him home. And that is where the dynamic Dobriyal makes mincemeat of a hopeless situation giving it a new lease of life!
Even the end is a bit tame and partial.
Will I watch TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS, again? You bet!
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