Film: Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Director: Shashank Khaitan
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt
Here’s how critics are reacting to Badrinath Ki Dulhania:
Shubhra Gupta (Indian Express)Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya beats the drums for its women, loud and clear; sometimes a tad too loudly and clearly, but that’s okay, because it’s that kind of film. A couple of times, the film’s let’s hear-it-for-the-ladies comes off as simplistic, but overall, the film works as a flavoursome romance with a pair which grows into each other, and with each other. I’m happy to cheer any film which tacks on the word ‘respect’ with ‘love’, and does a take-down of patriarchy, even if it’s all broad brush-stroked.Saibal Chatterjee (Movies.ndtv.com)Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a pulpy, uneven romantic caper that strives to pass itself off as a mellow tale of patriarchy, love, honour and ambition set in small-town India and couched in doses of humour. Neither the mush nor the air of mirth can pull it out of the trough it digs for itself. Varun and Alia deliver energetic performances. The duo is well supported by Sahil Vaid (playing the hero’s comic sidekick) and Shweta Basu Prasad (as a banking graduate forced into dull domesticity in a feudal household). The overall result is middling.Khalid Mohamed (Spotboye.com)To be sure Khaitan saab’s intentions are pretty noble, critiquing the deathly dowry system, jabbing in elements about women’s natural right to follow a career after marriage, and tut-tutting the prejudice against the birth of a girl child. Like it or nought, in the process the outcome is a cat’s cradle of confusion, an awkward blend of a romcom and a post-feminist tract. Truly, at every twisteroo of the plot, there’s more confusion than clarity. What BKD has going for it, at most, are its lead players. Despite being handicapped by ill-conceived part, Alia Bhatt is as spontaneous and pixiesh as ever. And Varun Dhawan re-establishes a charismatic screen presence. Handling his mood swings ably, he is particularly impressive in the climax which could have become laughable under an out-of-control actor.