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Ginny weds Sunny review: Watery version of Delhi wedding rom-coms!

The only thing exciting about the film is the lead paid - Vikrant and Yami

Source: SIFY

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 2.5/5

Monday 12 October 2020

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Ginny weds Sunny review: Watery version of Delhi wedding rom-coms!

Director

Puneet Khanna

Star Cast

Vikrant Massey, Yami Gautam

There’s something very revelatory about the rituals of Indian matchmaking. The foremost among them is zero respect for the prospective groom/bride’s personal choice or boundaries. The parents gleefully invade their children’s lives and decide what’s best for them. Miraculously, this method sometimes works.

In the same vein, everyone in the movie seems to know what’s best for Ginny, except Ginny herself. In a confused equation with an ex-boyfriend who her mom Shobha disapproves, Ginny (Yami Gautam) works in an insurance company and appears to be a confident, assertive person. Shobha, her mother, decides it’s time to take matters in her own hand (why give an adult daughter the space to figure out her relationship issues?)

Running a local match-making agency, she feels colony-boy Sunny (Vikrant Massey) will be perfect for Ginny. Rejected by many women, Sunny keeps saying he wants to get married as he wants to open his own restaurant (his father’s set condition).  Since Ginny is insistent on a love marriage, Shobha eggs on Sunny to pursue Ginny. For example, she informs him that Ginny has a ‘social service ka keeda’ (does that mean she is an empathetic person?) which leads him to follow her on the metro and make a show of his large-heartedness. ‘Isn’t this manipulation,’ a harried Sunny once asks her. A valid question.  

That’s the thing about this film. At some point, the characters unknowingly end up blurting truisms reflecting what the audience is wondering. For example, at one point Sunny confesses that Ginny is out of his league, and at another point Ginny pleadingly asks him when he’ll stop saying cheesy lines.

As is common with women characters in rom-coms, Ginny is given a choice between two undeserving nincompoops, one only marginally better than the other. In this case, she forgoes a well-settled man who finds the emotional maturity to apologize for his insecure behavior, and chooses a man-boy who thinks it’s ok to trick someone into marriage. Our man-boy flits between stalking her, wooing her, calling her a ‘mad woman’ when they have a fight, and ratting out her secrets to her mother. Phew!

Ginny Weds Sunny takes you back to the Luv Ranjan-Kartik Aaryan movies that we’ve seen so much of lately. It has the all the usual trappings of a Punjabi wedding rom-com— Punjabi parents downing alcohol (there’s a bizarre scene with the parents standing waist-deep in a pool with a glass in hand), speaking wrong English (she will see your ‘goodness’ and will melt, saying ‘I beg your pardon’ instead of please), calling each other weird endearments like ‘my Maggi sauce’, and foot-tapping music that is bound to find its way into wedding celebrations. Heck, even the title is reminiscent of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.

The actors here are in fine form— Yami Gautam is super-fun as the unapologetically confused Ginny, Vikrant Massey does well in his Punjabi boy role (very different from the work he does otherwise).  Ayesha Raza who plays Ginny’s mother, and is the go-to quirky Punjabi mom in rom-coms off-late, is an absolute scene-stealer.

The film (directed by Puneet Khanna; written by Navjot Gulati and Sumit Arora) had so much scope for some real crackling dialogue and genuine laughs. In the end, it just seems like a two-hour video on Indian matchmaking. Despite the interesting performances and potential for comedy gold, the film veers towards the cliched all too often.

(Ginny Weds Sunny can be viewed on Netflix) 

 

Sonia Chopra is a critic, columnist and screenwriter with over 15 years of experience. She tweets on @soniachopra2

 

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