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Tanu Weds Manu review: It will leave you smiling

Tanu Weds Manu review: It will leave you smiling

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 25 February 2011

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Movie Title

Tanu Weds Manu

Director

Anand L Rai

Star Cast

R Madhavan, Kangna Ranaut, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kissen, Deepak Dobriyal

What's not to like? There's the shaadi-baarat, the romance, lovely clothes, and the atmospherics that transport you into another world.

Manu (Madhavan), a London-returned doctor meets Kanpur-born-but-studied-in-Delhi Tanu (Kangna Ranaut) and falls for her. A complete antithesis of himself, Tanu is loud, fun, smiles a lot, and laughs even more.

He's the reserved one, the Mohammed Rafi fan, who enjoys watching her histrionics from the sidelines.

But even though they meet, Tanu informs Manu she has a boyfriend. Dejected and so-much-in-love Manu accepts the decision.

But fate has other plans. In Hindi cinema's most loved-cliches, they both bump into each other at a wedding in Punjab and turn out to be the bride and groom's best friends respectively.

Meanwhile, Tanu's boyfriend (Jimmy Shergill) shows up there, just as Manu was warming up on making a move.

There are some lovely moments in the film: like Tanu and the bride-to-be sharing a cigarette and talking about love ("it's just hormones"), or Kangna dancing to Kajra Mohabbat Wala... drunk on Old Monk. The dupatta element, that finally helps Tanu make up her mind about marriage, is beautiful.

The going-to-see-girls drone shot in Lucknow homes is delicious with a tinge of sadness, even as a girl's parents trick Manu into seeing her, hiding her bad arm.

The dialogue is delightful although you realise the effort to elicit that chuckle from the viewer. Tanu's friend, for example, calls her a bhatakti aatma making fun of her restless and indecisive disposition. Otherwise also, the conversations are peppered with local dialect quirks like the much-used ainvayi.

Kangna Ranaut is sparkling and effervescent, but her newly-done lips are simply distracting. Still, this is Ranaut's most effective performance among her recent work.

Madhavan is typecast here, but he's effective, despite the (also very distracting) double chin.

Jimmy Shergill is alright, but where is the actor who wowed us in films like Haasil?

Deepak Dobriyal (Omkara) is underutilised. Swara Bhaskar and Eijaz Khan as the lead characters' 'Best Friends' put in a spirited act.

The music is exemplary, and the cinematography and art design capture the texture of small-town India.

Yes, the film is clich?-ridden, has elements of rom-coms like Jab We Met, and Shergill's character track doesn't quit add up, but the film isn't aiming for anything more than a one-time watch entertainer.

Anand L Rai (Thodi Life Thoda Magic, Strangers) makes a sweet romantic comedy that'll have you smiling as you leave the theatre. What's not to like?

Rating: 3 stars

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