Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Title: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Directed by: Anand L. Rai

Produced by: Kishore Lulla and Anand L. Rai

Written by: Himanshu Sharma

Starring: 

Music by: Ramesh Vinayagam

Production Company: Colour Yellow Pictures

Distributed by: Eros International

Release date: 22nd May, 2015

Languages: Hindi and Haryanvi

Budget: 30 crore

Box Office: 98 crore (US$16 million) (six days)

Genre: Comedy, Romance and Drama

Official poster of Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Official poster of Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Review: When I had started this blog, I had thought that I would not do movie reviews, but Tanu Weds Manu Returns took be by charm. This movie is the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu, released in 2011. The movie revolves around the unhappily married life of Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) and Manu (R. Madhavan), and how, with and without each other they cope in life. However, not spilling the beans, I would not tallk about ‘what is in the movie’, rather, I would focus on ‘why should we see the movie’. The main things to watch out in the movie are:

1. Performances

Kangana Ranaut has yet again proved to be the queen on Bollywood, and according to various critics and in my personal opinion too, she is sweeping all the awards next year also, that too in absentia. She plays the characters of both, Tanu as well as Kusum/Datto, with such ease, that it makes us think for once if both the roles are actually played by Kangana or not. At the same time, at various places, Ranaut’s acting will make one laugh and cry at the same time. The emotion in her eyes, the mock on her face and the confidence in her voice, all are to be praised equally.

When someone tells you to pick one of Tanu and Datto, as to who did Kangana play better, no one will be able to pick one up. She does equal justice to both the characters. Though, if we see deep down, Datto was a very new character, which seemed like a piece of cake for Kangana. Like Queen, Kangana puts a mark in B-town, showing how worthy she is, and has been since Gangster. With Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Kangana gets a new gem in her crown.

Kangana Ranaut as Datto (L) and Tanu (R)
Kangana Ranaut as Datto (L) and Tanu (R)

R. Madhavan’s character is more or less the same as it was in the first part, but he has, obviously, grown tremendously as an actor. He pulls of Manoj Sharma’s, aka Manu’s, role with perfect ease, and throughout the movie, there is not one scene in which I wished he wasn’t there. His love for his wife, Tanu and for Datto can be seen in his eyes and felt on his face. His beautiful acting makes me wonder that why doesn’t he win awards (well, we all know why).

Whether he is in a scene with his buddy Pappi (Deepak Dobriyal), with his once-an-enemy-always-an-enemy co-actor, Jimmy Shergill (who plays Raja Awasthi), or with Kangana (as Kusum or Tanu), his sense of humour and timing are commendable. R. Madhavan is an actor in the true sense of the term, and Tanu Weds Manu Returns takes him a step ahead in his career.

R. Madhavan in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns
R. Madhavan in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Apart from the lead actors, the supporting actors in the film have worked real hard to make the movie what it is today. Continued performances by Swara Bhaskar as Payal, Eijaz Khan as Jassi, Jimmy Shergill as Raja Awasthi and Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi are something to watch out for. Had it not been for the support of these actors, Kangana and Madhavan’s intense acting could have not made the film earn a whooping Rs. 98 crores in only six days.

Swara Bhaskar and Eijaz Khan in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Swara Bhaskar and Eijaz Khan in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Jimmy Shergill in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Jimmy Shergill in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Of all these characters, Deepak Dobriyal’s acting and sense of humour are one thing that makes the movie a laugh riot. His quirky one liners and exemplary timing will take the audience on a roll.

Zeeshan Ayyub and Kangana Ranaut in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Zeeshan Ayyub and Kangana Ranaut in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Deepak Dobriyal in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Deepak Dobriyal in a still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns

From the new inclusions, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Chintu is a charm. His character is carved with such detail, that we would have probably loved him in the first part. His acting skills are something to look out for in the movie, and he manages to create his mark, just as he did in Raanjhna.

2. Direction and Writing Skills

The very strong, bold and beautiful direction by Anand L. Rai makes Tanu Weds Manu Returns a very beautiful movie that the audience will definitely love. I mean who cannot love such a movie.

The movie has been written by Himanshu Sharma, who, after Raanjhna and now after Tanu Weds Manu Returns has proved that long monologues and dialogues are not what people actually need in today’s world. We just need good craft. Whether craft lies in long verses or quirky one-liners, we don’t mind unless it is actual craft. And Sharma has proved his skill with just one-liners throughout the movie, some being:

1) Tanu- “Haalat dekhi hai? Adrak ho gaya hai ye aadmi. Kahin se bhi badh raha hai!”

Manu- “Haan toh shaadi se pehle Hrithik Roshan tha kya?”

2) Datto-“Mhara naam Kusum Sanghvani, Yo Mhari saheli Pinky, Main Ramjas college Delhi University me padhu su, sports quote te admission leya, National level ki athlete su, jila Jhajjar, 12:45:07 aur phone number main daunko naa”!

3) Tanu- “Kya Sharma ji, hum thode bewafa kya huye, aap toh baddchallan ho gaye”!

4) Tanu- ” Waah Sharmaji, Reebok nahi toh Reebuk sahi”?

5) Datto- “Ke kar raha tha bahan faela ke, yo jagah se Shah Rukh Khan bannan ki”?

3. Songs

I still haven’t been able to get over ‘Bano Tera Swagger’, ‘Move On’ and ‘Old School Girl’. The lyricist and the playback singers deserve all the praise.

1. “Banno” Brijesh Shandllya, Swati Sharma
2. “Move On” Sunidhi Chauhan
3. “Mat Ja Re” Ankit Tiwari
4. “Ghani Bawri” Jyoti Nooran
5. “Old School Girl” Anmol Malik
6. “Old School Girl (Haryanvi)” Kalpana Gandharv
7. “Ho Gaya Hai Pyar” Dev Negi
8. “O Sathi Mere” Sonu Nigam
9. “Ghani Bawri (Remix)” Jyoti Nooran
10. “Mari Gali” NS Chauhan, Dilbag Singh

All in all, Tanu Weds Manu Returns rests on Kangana’s shoulders and she carries it with her Herculean talent. If you can get past the over-blown drama, this film is a treat. I left the theatre thinking about Kusum. She is so terrific that she overshadows the bumps in the film, though there aren’t many, and none worth mentioning.

My Rating: 4.7/5

Bibliography: All images above have been taken from Google. None of them are clicked/created by me.

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