“Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” is a typical Luv Ranjan genre of film which seems like an extension of his previous outing “Pyar ka Punchnama” 1 & 2, wherein the men are the victims and the women are the scheming lot. Well what is different about this movie is the heightened bromance which was otherwise subtle in the previous movies.
The story of SKTKS is of Sonu and Titu who are childhood buddies. Titu is a emotional sucker who leans on Sonu whenever he breaks up with his girlfriends, and Sonu always protects Titu. Problem starts when Titu decides to go for an arranged marriage with Sweety, who seems too good to be true. Sonu has his suspicion about Sweety, and he goes all out to expose Sweety, and Sweety challenges Sonu that he cannot break her alliance with Titu. The rest of the story consists of the one upmanship of Sweety and Sonu.
Written by Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody, from the word go it is an anti feminist movie. Every sequence makes it a point to show women to low light and as Sonu says that women are only for one thing that is sex, the premise justifies the same. The good news is that the characters are relatable and you can connect with them instantly. The sequence of one upmanship between Sonu and Sweety seem funny initially but as the movie progresses it seems repeated, but thanks to the smart and witty dialogues you do not feel bored even for a second. Where the screenplay falters is the half baked characters especially of Sweety, wherein till the end you never come to know her real motive to marry Titu and why is she portrayed as cunning by Sonu. Titu’s character is too naive to be true and his decision in the climax does not hold too well and looks forced. Overall like his previous movies Luv Ranjan keeps the premise relatable but stretches the screenplay a bit and looks too biased. But the entertainment quotient is intact and there is never a dull moment in the movie.
Performances are the highlight of the movie. Kartik Aaryan as Sonu steals the show with his earnest performance; I just wonder why Bollywood has not given him more chances that he deserves. Nushrat Barucha as Sweety had an uphill task to convincingly portray a character which was half baked. But she shines with flying colours and does a brilliant job as the conniving Sweety, another underutilized actor. The weakest link in the trio is Sunny Singh who the ultra naive Titu, he seems somehow sleep walking through his role; even during the sequences when he is supposed to be angry he does not look convincing. It is Alok Nath as Ghasitalal, Titu’s grandfather who steals the show in every frame that he is in. Ghasitalal is far from the Sanskari characters that Alok Nath has played in Sooraj Barjatya movies. But it seems the actor was enjoying every bit of the boozing cursing grandfather, that you enjoy it as well. To support Alok Nath is Virendra Saxena who plays Ghasitalal’s best buddy Lalu Kaka, the combination of these two actors strikes the right chord for the audience to enjoy their camaraderie. Rest of the cast like Ayesha Raza, Deepika Amin, Ishista Raj Sharma, Madumalti Kapoor and Pritam Jaiswal do a good job as supporting actors.
The Music of the movie is nothing to write home about, it is rehash of old Honey Singh and other Punjabi Songs but hardly impressive. The lyrics by a list of lyricist are bad to atrocious, what will you say about lyrics which go by “Bom Diggy Diggy” by Zack Knight.
Luv Ranjan has created a niche for himself and SKTKS consolidates his place. Though the script and screenplay is full of flaws but it is the performances of the ensemble cast especially of Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Barucha that makes SKTKS a must watch I will go with 3 stars.
Movie Rating: (3 / 5)