Make Way for The Queen . . .

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These are some of the comments that I’ve come across for this film . . .

“Waah !!! Whatte performance by Kangana . . . Woohoo!!!!! ”

“A proud year for women in Hindi Cinema . . . First Piku . . .and now Tanu”

“Her frizzy hair packs in more performance than what many of her contemporaries manage to do in an entire film”

Yeah, Kangana Ranaut is on a professional high. . .  two author backed roles and top notch performances in the past two years… More than what Akshay Kumar has managed in the past ten. . . Yes, she is a wonderful actress, steals the show, chews the entire scenery, wins hearts with both the ‘can’t-have-her-at-home'(Tanu) and ‘can-take-her-home-and-introduce-to-my-mom'(Kusum/Datto) characters…

She is in that phase as an actor that should be referred to as the ‘Bhai’ . . . anything she does will be praised sky high, her roles will be talked about for years to come and would be described by words such as ground breaking and earth shattering and to top it all, most of the times, might single handedly rake in the moolah. . .

This is not an attempt to stand out of the crowd that is apparently swooning over the movie… But, the movie didn’t work for me at all… Yes, 2 time national award winner Kangana Ranaut has performed very well . . . She does get into the skin of both her characters and pulls off an acting performance that would be gushed about, for quite a long time. . . But the movie as a whole . . . It was a showcase for Kangana . . .

I’d watched Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhanaa twice . . . Once for hooting and whistling for Dhanush and the other time for Rahman . . and both the times there wasn’t a single sequence where I felt bored or disengaged from what was unfolding on screen. . . Yes, there was a tectonic shift between the two halves, but still it managed to hold my attention because the issues were dealt with a sense of genuineness. . . The milieu was new and milked adequately. . .

In Tanu weds Manu returns, I felt he tried too hard . . . TOO HARD . . . The humour, unlike his earlier movies wasn’t organic and there were many scenes in this movie that were contrived and pointless…

Of course, the director might have had a different vision altogether, but it hardly percolated down to me. . .  There were a few social issues that suddenly arise in the movie . . .  Though it gives a chance for actors like Rajesh Sharma(Datto’s brother), Swara Bhaskar(Payal) and Eijaz Khan(Jassi) to shine, it gave the entire film a completely different and an unnecessary hue . . .

R.Madhavan is probably the smartest and most secure actor in the industry. . .  His role in this movie has ensured that his next hindi movie(jointly distributed by him along with Rajkumar Hirani) would garner a decent enough opening and also adds one more hit to his filmography in Bollywood. . . He is effective as always in the part that he is given, a part that reminded me of the hundreds of characters our heroines have got, in those star vehicles across all languages . . .

I’d loved the music of this movie. . . Krsna Solo has done a fabulous job and the songs ‘Move On’ and ‘Old School Girl’ are a hoot. Aanand has always been extraordinary with the picturisation of his song sequences and that’s probably the only aspect of the film, where I personally wasn’t disappointed with him. . .

After utilizing Zeeshan Ayuub (Chintu) to the hilt in Raanjhanaa, his character arc in this movie, left a lot to be desired . . . The same happens with Jimmy Shergill (Raja Awasthi) and barring one hilarious scene, to Deepak Dobriyal (Pappi) too . . .

There’s not a single scene in the movie showing how things went wrong with Tanu and Manu . . .  Though the initial marriage ‘counselling’ scene did garner a few laughs, the other scenes didn’t quite delve into the why’s and how’s . . . I was more invested in the relationship between Jassi and Payal, probably because they had one among the two scenes in the entire movie, that talked about marital discord. . . and this movie was supposed to be a take on the ‘happily ever after’ marriage that followed a whirlwind romance in the first instalment. . .

According to me, the other scene that talked about the psyche revolving around marital discord, is probably the best scene in this entire movie. . . It involved KK Raina (Manu’s dad) giving his son, some solid relationship advice. . .  The entire sequence, the nonchalant dealing of the crisis at hand and the final punch in that scene . . . I laughed the loudest. . .

After that scene, I expected a lot more. . . The script did have the potential for many such moments . . . But the movie was happy playing second fiddle to the splendid acting talents of Ms.Ranaut . . . and that’s why I’m not going gaga over the movie . . . It is a mediocre movie that STARS Kangana Ranaut. . .  She doesn’t quite hold it together because she didn’t have to. . .  the audience lapped it up anyway. . .

Bollywood does require more women centric movies, more author backed roles, more scintillating performances, more reason for the actresses receiving top billing in the credits. . .  So Tanu weds Manu Returns, is probably an important film . . .

One final time. . . I repeat. . .  Kangana Ranaut is a very fine actress and the movie does total justice to her roles . . . but unfortunately, that is all it does . . .

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