Badrinath Ki Dulhania | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 25, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 25, 2017

Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Director: Shashank Khaitan

Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhat

Duration: 139min

Strength: Highlighting social Issues

Weakness: Comedy dials down the importance of the issues

Rating: 6/10

PLOT: “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” revolves around the futile attempt of Badrinath Bansal (Varun Dhawan) to woo Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt). Badri belongs to a family that adheres to the harsh autocratic rule of his father Amarnath Bansal (Rituraj Singh). Badrinath's prime duty is to collect debt on behalf of his wealthy, patronising father. In the midst of all that is right and wrong, Badrinath falls in love with Vaidehi during a wedding and eventually tries to pursue her.

REVIEW: The versatile star cast did tremendous justice to the film. Varun Dhawan's comedic timing was precise and fit the role of a gym-buffed boy-next-door. Director Shashank Khaitan, who had a debut in “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014)”, tried to coat the otherwise predictable story with a comedic twist. Both the actors played their parts beautifully, and Varun played the emotional scenes with utmost sincerity. Alia unsurprisingly gave her best, though her continuous shift in accents was often off-putting. The other off-putting attribute of “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” had to be the fact that it switched locations with such passion that it almost seemed amateur at times. Due to the common need of audiences to see the lead roles romancing in an exotic location, the film switches sets from Jhansi to Singapore. Overall, it's a good film as a prolonged time pass, having all the constituents of a commercial movie.

Reviewed by Prithu Amin

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