TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS
Ever heard of Sharma being a prime mover of a hit Bollywood movie? If you haven’t and it is very likely that you haven’t, then my sincere suggestion is go to the nearest cinema theatre screening UNAM SDEW UNAT. Didn’t understand? No problem: I meant the sequel to TANU WEDS MANU, which has a strange title TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS. Almost as if TANU WEDS MANU connoted a single character like SUPERMAN or BATMAN! And so what if in the very first scene set in London, marital strife issues are sought to be hammered out in the anteroom of a mental asylum? Would this put you off?
That’s where Sharma’s magic begins and begins to hold sway for the next two hours, making you gloss over that silly mistake. And it continues to enthrall you wholly till an “acceptable” end to the story robs it of some of the best screenplay efforts we have seen in Bollywood. And that Sharma, is Himanshu Sharma, the screenplay and dialogue writer of TWMR. TWMR has the most crackling dialogues in recent times!
And to give body to that screenplay, we have three more Sharmas in TWMR! These are the characters of Manu Sharma, the estranged wife Tanu Sharma and the state level athlete who almost becomes the new Mrs Manu Sharma. And playing these characters are Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut and Kangana Ranaut. While Madhavan handles his role with aplomb, it looks to me that Kangana will be a front runner for the best female performance this year. And it is just not these actors who make TWMR such a watchable experience. The rest of the star cast also delivers and does so admirably.
Aanand Rai, who directs TWMR, score his third hit after the original TANU WEDS MANU and RAANJHAANA. One thing is clear: Aanand has become a master in capturing the colour and flavor of the non metro towns of our landscape. Be it the ruggedness of Kanpur in the original TANU WEDS MANU or the closely packed houses and lanes of Benaras in RAANJHAANA or the rustic environs of Jhajjar in TWMR, few can match him in bringing alive these on the big screen. And I must not forget that perhaps Aanand believes that slapping scenes are integral to the success of his movies. And that slap has to be delivered by the heroine of the movie!!
Do not miss out on seeing this hilarious comedy!
RATING: 4 out of 5