What would be your reaction if you are dating someone and you come face to face with the fact that you are going to get a younger sibling? Would you feel angry towards your father? Or mother? Or embarrassed? Or shocked? Or saddened? And how would your father feel about this whole episode? Would he be chiding himself for his carelessness? Or would he be feeling shameful? Or would he be feelng joyous? And how would the rest of the family feel about it? And the friends and relatives? And how would your girl friend react to this? Myriads of such questions and a plethora of different types of emotions come to life in Amit Sharma’s rollicking slice-of-life comedy, BADHAAI HO!
The crackling dialogues by Akshat Ghildial, who has also written the screenplay and who shares the story credits, come to life in their outstanding delivery of all the characters and the expressions accompanying the dialogue delivery. Top of the list is Gajraj Rao and the TV thespian Surekha Sikri, and closely followed by Neena Gupta, the Dangal star Sanya Malhotra and the lead actor Ayushman Khurrana. Ayushman regales us with another solid performance after his recent ANDHADHUN.
The scenario in the typical lower middle class household in Delhi, where the head is a Travelling Ticket Inspector in the Indian railways and is at the fag end of his career, is captured with great realism. And the story line gives ample room for a fine situational comedy to develop. You will laugh out loud in several places, particularly in the first half, and in the second half, the director makes sure that the human drama which unveils in the second half produces a few lump-in-the-throat sequences. But how simply and beautifully they are packaged! In the seventies, directors like Hrishikesh Mukherji and Basu Chatterji created many such movies which also had several relevant social messages. But, even in the hands of those experienced directors, realism was aways a victim. Amit Sharma’s creation is a tribute to how realism need not be sacrificed and how a delightful comedy can be woven around a novel theme. And it taught me as to how not to jump to a judgment after a debut movie gone terribly wrong. Amit Sharma’s TEVAR was an eminently forgettable movie, but this time Amit Sharma makes no mistakes. And my request: You don’t make the mistake of not watching BADHAAI HO. Honestly speaking, I find no reason why this movie should not be winning a National Award for a meaningful family entertainer. And I find no reason at all, to knock off half a star and give this movie anything less than 5 stars!
RATING: 5 out of 5
October 19th, 2018

About The eternally happy Vijay

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