‘Tanu weds Manu’ is a small budget movie releasing in middle of the Cricket World cup but inspite of that getting fair amount of patronage and positive reviews. The movie is directed by Aanand Rai and boasts almost of a fresh unknown crew and caste.
Its an Indian story with Indian characters, small town settings and music thats as earthy as it can be. It stars relatively under appreciated Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut along with host of ensemble characters. The story is more or less like many other films when boy likes girl, the girl likes someone else and then the boy wins over her by the end. Here the girl is portrayed by Kangana aka Tanuja Trivedi from Kanpur and the boy is Madhavan aka Manoj Sharma, an NRI doctor from London. We expect the NRI doctor to be all modern and the Kanpur girl to be sedate and shy but the scenario is totally reversed here with Tanu the firebrand, bindass girl representing the modern India and Manu the shy gentleman.
The movie is shot in real locations of Kanpur ,Kapurthala, Lucknow and Delhi and it shows. The characters are very real and the importance given to detailing of various things is very impressive. The characters walk and talk Hindi but the little difference in dialects and accents in Hindi spoken by a Punjabi or a Bihari, a Delhite or a true blue UPite is subtly captured in the language. That detailing uplifts the movie and makes it cut above a normal Indian wedding film.
The movie has some superb character artists portraying various roles. Special amongst them is Deepak Dobriyal playing Hero’s best friend role to the tee and winning our hearts. Eijaz Khan as the Sardar friend is quite apt too. Jimmy Shergill is nice and almost steals the show but has small role. Special Mention to Swara Bhaskara, the beautiful girl who portrays Kangana’s best friend who looked charming and acted superbly too. How we wish she was the heroine of the movie !! Speaking of which the film belong to Ms. Kangana ‘accent’ Ranaut and Madhavan.
Madhavan as I said before is very under appreciated perhaps for not having conventional Bollywood look and physique but he is a fine actor and this role is tailor-made for him. You can say Kangana is both perfectly cast and a total miscast in the movie !! She is perfect sas the rebellious girl, representing modern India, brash and abusive and rebel for the sake of being rebel, however we all cringe at the time she opens her mouth. Her dialogue delivery is horrible and perhaps the single biggest negative factor in the film. She is born and brought up in India, is a north Indian and yet she cannot get her Hindi right !! This is inexcusable. She has an image of playing roles of mentally disturbed, drug addicted, lunatic modern woman. Here she tries to fit into the role of middle class, small town Indian girl but without letting go her earlier image. If only she could improve her Hindi and dialogue delivery she could be one of the top stars.
Overall the movie is a pleasant watch, although it does get dragging in the 2nd half and tries to be a ‘Jab we Met’ and all that. The music is rustic north Indian with mix of UP and Punjab sound. ‘Sadi Galli’ is a big rage already.
My Ratings – 7/10 Watch it for true blue North Indian Tadka….