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Movie Review: Badhaai Ho


via filmfares https://ift.tt/2EsYQdL The film is a coming-of-age dramedy that celebrates love, lust, middle-age romance, family, and girl child. Middle class boy Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) works in a MNC, is in a relationship with a colleague Renee (Sanya Malhotra), whose mother is a Delhi socialite. The twain doesn't actually meet but they believe they can swing it around. Nakul's world comes crashing in when he gets to know his mother Priyamvada (Neena Gupta) is pregnant. How each family member, viz Dadi (Surekha Sikri), father Jeetendra Kaushik (Gajraj Rao), younger brother Gullar (Shardul Rana), as also their various friends, relatives and acquaintances react to this change forms the crux of the film...

It's indeed strange that despite our ever growing population, we still like to pretend that babies just come into being out of thin air. That their existence owes nothing to the sex act. Even more bizarre is the fact that we like to think our parents never did it or that they aren't doing it currently, when we are grown up. Like it's a sin for parents to have sex. And it's totally taboo for parents to get pregnant when they already have adult children. Middle class couples as it is have less space for privacy and intimacy gets further reduced when they age. These are some of the relatable issues raised in the film. These are serious issues but thankfully humour is used to bring them about. The film doesn't push anything down our throats, nor does it try to preach progressive values. Rather, it immerses the viewers into different situations faced by the Kaushik family and makes us draw inferences from their actions.

Ayushmann and Sanya might be the leads but the younger pair has taken a backseat for once. It's the middle aged couple of Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao which basks more in the limelight. Their romance is the romance of long companionship. They don't have to say everything to each other. Mere glances are enough. When they first hear the news of their pregnancy, they are flustered at first but later begin enjoying their unexpected blessing, the world be damned. Yes, they're saddened that their sons initially have a hard time understanding this new reality but being parents they know their wards will eventually come around. Ironically, it's the sons who are feeling more ashamed than the parents. They feel their social life has been all shot to shreds. Time and introspection makes them realise their folly. And this transformation is linear, gradual and again, relatable. Writers Shantanu Srivastava and Akshat Ghildial should be lauded for writing a series of believable happenings that both educate and entertain us.

Gajraj Rao is clearly the hero of the tale. The way he very Rowan Atkinson like reacts to everything happening around him is a delightful act indeed. Mr Bean would be proud. Neena Gupta is such a natural you feel she's actually pregnant. She glows at getting another chance to play mother and just lets life take over. Her reaction scenes with Rao (and indeed with everyone else) are on point. Ayushmann Khurrana too is in top form as from a cocky young man who thinks he has life all figured out, he becomes someone who is now totally unsure about way things are progressing and takes a while to find his balance. His camaraderie with Shardul Rana is palpable, as is his chemistry with Sanya Malhotra. Sanya was topnotch in Pataakha and she's in fine form here as well. She acts as Ayushmann's emotional anchor, knowing that for the sake of their relationship’s future, he has to mend bridges not only with his parents but her mother as well. Surekha Sikri is delightful as the vitriolic mother-in-law who takes up for her bahu at a family wedding when the he relatives corner her for her supposed 'indecent’ behaviour.

All-in-all, watch Badhaai Ho for its unique take on the family film sub-genre, as also for some paisa vasool acting by the entire cast. Congratulations indeed to director Amit Ravindernath Sharma for making a hugely entertaining film.

via filmfares https://ift.tt/2EsYQdL The film is a coming-of-age dramedy that celebrates love, lust, middle-age romance, family, and girl child. Middle class boy Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) works in a MNC, is in a relationship with a colleague Renee (Sanya Malhotra), whose mother is a Delhi socialite. The twain doesn't actually meet but they believe they can swing it around. Nakul's world comes crashing in when he gets to know his mother Priyamvada (Neena Gupta) is pregnant. How each family member, viz Dadi (Surekha Sikri), father Jeetendra Kaushik (Gajraj Rao), younger brother Gullar (Shardul Rana), as also their various friends, relatives and acquaintances react to this change forms the crux of the film...

It's indeed strange that despite our ever growing population, we still like to pretend that babies just come into being out of thin air. That their existence owes nothing to the sex act. Even more bizarre is the fact that we like to think our parents never did it or that they aren't doing it currently, when we are grown up. Like it's a sin for parents to have sex. And it's totally taboo for parents to get pregnant when they already have adult children. Middle class couples as it is have less space for privacy and intimacy gets further reduced when they age. These are some of the relatable issues raised in the film. These are serious issues but thankfully humour is used to bring them about. The film doesn't push anything down our throats, nor does it try to preach progressive values. Rather, it immerses the viewers into different situations faced by the Kaushik family and makes us draw inferences from their actions.

Ayushmann and Sanya might be the leads but the younger pair has taken a backseat for once. It's the middle aged couple of Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao which basks more in the limelight. Their romance is the romance of long companionship. They don't have to say everything to each other. Mere glances are enough. When they first hear the news of their pregnancy, they are flustered at first but later begin enjoying their unexpected blessing, the world be damned. Yes, they're saddened that their sons initially have a hard time understanding this new reality but being parents they know their wards will eventually come around. Ironically, it's the sons who are feeling more ashamed than the parents. They feel their social life has been all shot to shreds. Time and introspection makes them realise their folly. And this transformation is linear, gradual and again, relatable. Writers Shantanu Srivastava and Akshat Ghildial should be lauded for writing a series of believable happenings that both educate and entertain us.

Gajraj Rao is clearly the hero of the tale. The way he very Rowan Atkinson like reacts to everything happening around him is a delightful act indeed. Mr Bean would be proud. Neena Gupta is such a natural you feel she's actually pregnant. She glows at getting another chance to play mother and just lets life take over. Her reaction scenes with Rao (and indeed with everyone else) are on point. Ayushmann Khurrana too is in top form as from a cocky young man who thinks he has life all figured out, he becomes someone who is now totally unsure about way things are progressing and takes a while to find his balance. His camaraderie with Shardul Rana is palpable, as is his chemistry with Sanya Malhotra. Sanya was topnotch in Pataakha and she's in fine form here as well. She acts as Ayushmann's emotional anchor, knowing that for the sake of their relationship’s future, he has to mend bridges not only with his parents but her mother as well. Surekha Sikri is delightful as the vitriolic mother-in-law who takes up for her bahu at a family wedding when the he relatives corner her for her supposed 'indecent’ behaviour.

All-in-all, watch Badhaai Ho for its unique take on the family film sub-genre, as also for some paisa vasool acting by the entire cast. Congratulations indeed to director Amit Ravindernath Sharma for making a hugely entertaining film.

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