Tanu weds Manu – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on February 26, 2011 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – Vinod Bachchan, Shailesh R Singh, Surya Singh
DIRECTOR – Anand L Rai
WRITER – Himanshu Sharma
CAST – R. Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut, Jimmy Sheirgill
MUSIC – Krsna
Tanu is a bold, brash and a rebellious girl. Manu is a simple, honest and sensitive man. Both their families are looking out for prospective partners for them and that’s how they meet. Manu falls in love with the vivacious Tanu. They are on the verge of getting hitched when Tanu scares Manu off by refusing to marry him. She declares she is in love with someone else. The love-lorn Manu takes his broken heart, confused family and loyal friend and goes back home. But events lead them to meet again and this time the roller coaster is slightly different.
After staid and plaid ‘Strangers’ and ‘Thodi Life Thoda Magic’, director Anand L Rai comes with Tanu weds Manu, a little love story with heart and honesty. Set in the North Indian parts it firmly bases itself in the mileu it chooses. Among the full colour, pomp and noise of their friend’s marriage, Tanu and Manu get to discover each other but not in the Hum Aapke Hain Kaun way. There are misunderstandings and heart aches as much as there is fear and confusion. Tanu’s friend, the bride Payal (the lively Swara Bhaskar) and Manu’s friend, the groom Jassi, (an energetic Eijaz Khan) play the now tempering and now encouraging factors that move this bitter-sweet story ahead.
Well-written with a central focus to tell a good story Tanu weds Manu comes across as little fun, little frolic and a little drama. Although it offers nothing new in terms of its story which is ultimately boy meets girl, falls in love but girl doesn’t reciprocate until the end. However, it builds and holds its tensions well as its character arcs define the plot movement. It uses its songs well adding much to the setting. Costumes, languages and mannerisms all combine to give an authentic taste of Kanpur and Punjab, the places where largely this film travels.
A strong story and a rooted cultural background give the film its strengths. It is nice to watch an authentic story that does not try too hard to entertain but is entertaining because of its natural plot sequence and its characters. No character is stereotypical or without shade. Be it Tanu and Manu and their stark glaring differences, or Raja and his headstrong idealism or Jassi and Payal who are more than just friends looking on.
The film gets some convincing performances from its main leads. Kangana Ranaut’s wild, loud-mouthed girl is well-played and she carries the bling that is a part of her character tastefully, even if the botoxed lips are diverting. Madhavan plays his introverted, hurting man understated, bringing out the nuances of his character well. Jimmy Shergill plays Raja with enough tension and eccentricity to fit into the larger picture and one has got to mention that indeed this talented actor holds his close-ups well. Swara Bhaskar is a fresh and confident actor who brings in the much needed perspective to the film with her bright and sparkling performance. Eijaz Khan has a strong screen presence. He plays his part of the Punjabi friend and soon to be married man with all heart and bounce. Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi is as effervescent and full of beans as ever.
For popcorn crunching entertainment it is much better than most popcorn flicks. Even if Kangana’s accent and hairstyle or Madhavan’s chubbiness are slight put offs the natural ups and downs of the film and characterisations hold interest. A little better than time-pass. Now that’s saying a lot.