Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta
Director: Amit Ravindernath Sharma
Production: Junglee Pictures, Chrome Pictures
Music: Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli, JAM8
Release Date: 18 october 2018
After the thriller movie that received a lot of praise on the box office, Andhadhun, yet another movie starring Ayushmann Khurrana released this Thursday. For Ayushmann Khurrana, 2018 is certainly turning out to be great. While he mesmerized the audience with his blind pianist act in AndhaDhun, the actor charms fans yet again with his impeccable performance in Badhaai Ho.
After the trailer was released, the viewers got all excited for this light comedy. And, actually the trailer in itself is the reason why people were waiting to watch this movie on the big screen. It was something fresh for the audience as it is was not like any other bollywood masala movie but it was something hatke.
The movie Badhaai Ho, do justice to the Ayushman Khurrana’s work profile. Just like Vicky Donor, Andhadhun this new release is yet another off from the normal bollywood stories.
The story is set in the heart of country, Delhi. It revolves around the middle class Delhi- based Kaushik family.
The film begins with a very simple and smooth intro of the family which includes Jitendra Kaushik (the father and the head of the family), Priyamvada (his wife), Surekha Shikhri (his aged mother) and his two sons Nakul(Ayushmann Khurrana) and Gular.
The story takes a twist when Jitendra played by Gajraj Rao announces the arrival of a new small guest ‘Chota Mehman‘. Priyamvada’s husband, Jitender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao), is a travelling ticket examiner is assailed by conflicting emotions. He toys with the idea of an abortion, but leaves the decision to his wife. She puts her foot down and opts to take the risk of bearing another child. Her elder son, Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana), who has a corporate job, is in a tizzy when he figures out what is ‘wrong’ with his mom.
Badhaai Ho tells two love stories – one of the elder couple, the other of Nakul and Renee. The strain unleashed by the former tells on the latter: the younger couple are on the verge of splitting up when the class divide between them snowballs into a full-blown confrontation between the man and the girl’s widowed mother (Sheeba Chadda). Neena and Gajraj shows that love has no age and it can last forever, they send message to the young generation that love is not something which is done in only young age. In the world were people gets bored in a few years relationship, this elder couple shows how we can work on a beautiful ever lasting love.
There were some great humorous scene in movie. A scene where both the brother are sitting on roof after knowing about their mother’s pregnency, nakul hit his brother on his head and says, “alag kamra chahiye tha na tujhe, kuch saal aur so liya hota bich me to ye din na dekhne padte”.
One of the scene was when grandma gets to know about the pregnecy and starts acting like an Indian saas, badmouthing her daughter-in-law but again at the very end their is some emotion from grandma, she defends Priyamvada when her in laws start taunting her.
The story is a simple and smooth one along with some light sophisticated comedy. It has shown how a middle class family is always bonded regardless the situation.
The overall cast of the film is very well set properly according to the roles played by them. The actor Ayushmann Khurrana and actress Sanya Malhotra has played very well as a couple.
This time the center of attraction is not the lead actors, but it was Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao. Neena was pitch-perfect as a loving wife, mother, dutiful daughter-in-law, while also being her own person. Gajraj is as usual at his best, you would be very much familiar with his flawless acting skill if you have seen his acts in “Tech Conversation with Dad “ series (a must watch if you haven”t) on TVF. He is consistently convincing, oscillating between elation and embarrassment without missing a single trick. Neena Gupta is outstandingly measured in her interpretation of the woman grappling with the repercussions of an unplanned pregnancy. But perhaps the film’s most impactful performance is delivered by Surekha Sikri as the crabby old woman who never shies away from speaking her mind.
Overall, the movie Badhai Ho is a great movie. It is a light comedy and can be well enjoyed with family and friends. However, the movie hasn’t satisfied the excitement created by its trailer.