Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: Kangana’s show all the way…

tanu-fullsize-story_032315071434Some movies go beyond their expectations due the brilliant performances by the cast, ”Tanu Weds Manu returns” is one such movie wherein the performances not only camouflages the overall flaws but raises the standard of the movie.

Himanshu Sharma’s story of “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” starts four year hence Tanu & Manu’s marriage when domestic problems crop up and they decide to part ways, the story takes a turn when Manu (Madhavan) meets Tanu’s look alike Kusum a.k.a Datto (Kangana Ranaut) and decides to marry her, do Tanu & Manu sort out their differences and re-unite or they part ways forms the crux of the story.

Himanshu Sharma keeps the spirit intact in the sequel as well which was the USP of the first part. The screenplay and story explores the couple’s life after marriage. The screenplay is quite fast and engaging other than a few sequences like Komal’s kidnapping which has no relevance to the main story line. Second half the pace becomes a bit slow due to too many songs. Himanshu scores high in conceptualizing and writing the character of Datto which becomes the major highlight as well as the USP of the movie. Rest of the characters is repeated from the sequel. The love story between Manu & Datto is captured with sensitivity and innocence. Himanshu showcases two type of outlook towards women in our society, one that of Tanu’s family who though being from a small town are open minded towards their daughter, and on other side Datto’s family who though Datto being a successful athlete are orthodox of her choice of life partner.

It is the dialogues which is the biggest highlight of the movie. It is in sync with the flavor of a small town and it is witty and gives you the laughs and makes the movie engaging. Rather the dialogues by Himanshu kind of overcome the flaws of the screenplay.

Performance wise the movie scores the highest and the shining star is Kangana’s portrayal of both Tanu and Kusum a.k.a Datto, her portrayal of Tanu as the bohemian free spirited is an extension from the first part but it the portrayal of Datto, the Haryanvi athlete from Delhi University steals your heart. Kangana’s body language to her get up to her dialect of Datto everything is so spot on that you sometimes feel that it is being portrayed by a different actor, another award winning performance by Kangana. Madhavan as Manu underplays himself and acts mostly by his eyes, which was the most endearing part. Deepak Dobriyal out did himself with this movie as Pappi, though in the first part he does show the spark but in the sequel he excels so much that he overshadows other actors in the frame at times, definitely an excellent portrayal. Jimmy Shergill as Raja Bhaiya again gives a restrained performance; he is one actor who has been underutilized by Bollywood. Rajesh Sharma as Datto’s brother has a brief and gives an impactful performance. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Chintu shines in his brief undefined role. Rest of the cast consisting of Swara Bhaskar, Ejaz Khan, Rajendra Gupta, Navni Parihar, K K Raina, Dipti Mishra do a brilliant job…

Music which was the highlight of the prequel, does not disappoint us in the sequel as well, the highlight being “Banno” by the newbie Tanisk & Vayu and “Ghani Bawri” sung by Jyoti Nooran and the “Old School Girl” rendered by Kalpana Gandharv brings a smile to your face.

Anand L Rai has been successful in keeping the basic ethos of the movie and extracting out some of the best performances by the cast, especially by Kangana Ranaut. Anand’s major highlight has been capturing the stories from small towns and characters as well which connects with the viewers well, and he does not disappoint us with “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”…
A MUST watch… I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

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