Badrinath ki Dulhaniya- Movie Review
Posted by Vivek on March 13, 2017 | No Comments
FILM – Badrinath ki Dulhaniya
PRODUCER – Karan Johar
DIRECTOR – Shashank Khaitan
WRITER – Shashank Khaitan
CAST – Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Yash Sinha, Shweta Prasad, Rituraj Singh, Gauhar Khan, Sahil Vaid
MUSIC – Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi and Akhil Sachdeva
There are films that keep a thought around a love story and there are some that keep the love story around the thought. Badrinath ki Dulhaniya does neither. It has its thoughts, it has its love story but it refuses to give a thought to either.
Badri (Varun Dhawan), is the loud, bratty son of a rich money-lender in Jhansi and his Dulhania (Alia Bhatt) is the rebel daughter of a working-class man in Kota. Both fathers are desperate to get their children married off asap. The sword of dowry hangs dangerously low in the marriage market and a lot of fun and jokes about the menace later, it is put aside and another problem brought upfront. Marriage, dowry and social mores move give way to love, career and identity.
So far so good, but even this new angle gets treated the same offhand way with love magically solving questions that the film takes great pains and twist and turns to establish in the first place.
BKD is a lot like Ishaqzaade; a confused cocktail of misguided intentions misfiring all over the place. In trying to modernise, commercialise and milk the already done to death small town romance it trips on its own feet so many times it becomes impossible to keep track.
Just like the other film we are taken into a colourful, suitably middle class, yet shiny small town world where jawaan chhokra meets ‘rebel’ girl. A lot of faux ideas of gender etc are thrown about with the girl ultimately ‘tamed’ and boy’s jawaani or rather chhokra-pan brushed away safely under the carpet in the guise of coming-of-age. Just like the other film the girl needed to be corrected but the boy just needed to grow up. The girl’s desires were illegitimate and the boy’s required no legitimacy. Yet, just when you think its mind is made up, it turns its boy into a joke with a sexual abuse gag. Just like the other film, it gets its gender ideas so wrong and warped it makes you miss the patriarchal clarity of Dangal. There are so many problems with the film it is endless.
This is not to take away from the spark and razzle the film inherently has mostly because of the energetic duo of Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. They are bright, refreshing, in-sync and clearly seem to be enjoying themselves but without giving much thought to what they are really doing. On one end it all seems effortless, on the other hand because of the film’s constantly shifting base, mood and tone, it all seems utterly pointless. It is so flaky one can almost see Salman Khan in Varun Dhawan and Kareena Kapoor in Alia Bhatt. And if you don’t mind flakes, it is a fun trip nevertheless, if only it weren’t so bad for health too.