Kangana is again going to set a tough benchmark this year for the rest of the actresses after her stunning performance in Queen last year. While her overall filmography in last two years has more flops (Ungli, Revolver Rani, Rajjo, Krrish 3 and Shootout at Wadala) and just one big hit (Queen), there is hardly any doubt over her potential and the talent. TWMR and Queen makes up for all those bollywood flops. She has raised the bar even further, playing completely contrasting characters of Tanuja and Kusum. Her transition from Tanuja to Kusum is absolutely seamless to the extent that you don’t see a hint of Tanuja in Kusum and visa versa. Her hard work in ensuring the correct Haryanvi language is very much visible. Her command over the language and accent is extremely commendable.
Although the title says Tanu Weds Manu, the Manu part is yet to emerge strongly. Being on and off from Bollywood, R Madhavan struggles against Kangana, especially in emotional scenes. Thankfully he has those deep eyes that gives him a bit of advantage in emotional scenes even if the facial expressions do not support. He does well to project the role of a disheartened husband who has been trying hard to save his marriage but everything goes vain. However, the effort is just enough to keep the standard of the movie.
Even though not in the lead, there is one character who makes his presence felt throughout the movie as Manu’s friend, played by Deepak Dobriyal. With perfect comic timing and amazing punches throughout the movie, he commands viewers’ attention. The rest of the eminent cast – Jimmy Shergill, Swara Bhaskar and Mohammed Ayyub, Rajendra Sharma and Rajesh Gupta have acted well enough to movie’s reputation.
Anand Rai’s direction and Hemal Kothari’s editing has created a master piece resting on a brilliant story line by Himanshu Sharma. The story keeps the viewer engaged till the last moment. To some extent, it comes to a conventional and predictable ending but the sequencing of events and ground level details of the story has been worked out very well. The screenplay is amazing and reflects the hard work of the writer. The dialogs and the timing of the same elevates the entire movie. The music gels well with the movie and doesn’t appear, even for once, to have been forced into. The timing and relevance of each song is just perfect.
While I have not seen Tanu Weds Manu (the first movie), the movie did not throw me off. It stands well on its own and makes me want to watch the first one too. Finally, Bollywood seems to have learnt the art of making good sequels.