In our Hindi cinema, it's often seen that films are planned and made in order to match up with the star value of the hero. Films are conceptualized with the star actor as its center point and the stories are woven around them, so that the makers can quickly cash in over the star power and its fandom. Almost every big actor has been a part of such type of films, including many female superstars like Hema Malini, Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and many more during their peak times. Films like 'Jooth','Madam X', 'Raja', 'Nakabandi','Nigahen', 'Gajagamini' and many more are perfect examples of filmmakers making concept based films in order to cash in over its female superstar's value and hold over the box office. The trend still continues with actress likes Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Vidya Balan and others, including the recent 'Queen' of Bollywood - Kangana Ranaut. Kangana was known and appreciated for her performances in films like 'Gangster', 'Woh Lamhe', 'Fashion', etc., but found her first touch of stardom with 'Tanu Weds Manu' followed by the phenomenal success with 'Queen'. Her fans and cine lovers wanted to see Kangana in more such types of films, where the potential of this talented actress can be shown in a glorified manner. 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' seems to be the perfect film for Kangana in order to sustain her new found superstardom. Thus, let's find out, whether 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' will add another feather in the cap of Kangana Ranauat or, might end up being one of those films which are made only to cash in over its past success and stardom of the star actor.
'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' is a sequel to 2011 released film 'Tanu Weds Manu' and continues the after marriage tale of Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) and Manu (R. Madhavan). Four years after their marriage the couple seeks professional help in order to avoid the fights and arguments between them. This leads Manu into a mental asylum and Tanu returns back to her parents. At her parents' place, Tanu meets a new tenant Chintu (Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub) and Manu returns back to his parents with the help of his friend Pappi (Deepak Dobriyal). Manu receives a legal notice for divorce with Tanu and at that time he meets Datto (Kangana Ranaut), who is a look alike of Tanu. Manu starts getting attracted towards Datto and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is one liner and has nothing unusual in it except for the track of Datto the Haryanvi girl. But, despite of such a thin story line the movie is full of back to back happenings and moments, which have been brilliantly placed in the film by writer Himanshu Sharma. Himanshu adds up small nuances and rib crackling humour with some outstanding dialogues and keeps the mood and tone of the film very light at heart. The first half is out and out entertaining with back to back interesting and hilarious scenes leading to a promising second half with some scenes like the marriage video, Kangana - Madhavan's fight and argument in front of the counselors, K.K.Raina's advice of marriage and divorce to Madhavan, Deepak Dobriyal's medical speech, Madhavan meeting Datto (Kangana) followed by interactions with her, Deepak's view over Datto (Kangana) followed by informing Madhavan about Jimmy Shergil, Kangana and Jimmy trashing Mohd.Zeeshan Ayyub, Madhavan-Kangana-Deepak at Eijaz Khan's function and many more.But, after a brilliant start the second half keeps wandering and dragging in the middle portion leading to confusion, half baked and unconvincing climax.There are many unwanted tracks in the film like Deepak Dobriyal love track, Eijaz - Swara child track, Kangana-Rajesh Sharma Haryana track leading to the over the top climax part with a couple of songs and melodrama. Despite of all these good and bad points, the basic soul or the purpose of the film is highly missing, due to which the character of Madhavan and Kangana are neither justified nor well defined in the film. The reason for their behaviour is unconvincing with a super dragging last portion of the film. The climax is typical Bollywood style. You might not feel sorry for Tanu or Manu in the film rather, might end up feeling sorry for Datto. Luckily, the humour quotient does not dry away due to which one tends to keep himself/herself connected to this film. The camera work is good and manages to keep the feel of the film intact.Music & Direction:
Music of 'Tanu Weds Man' was one of the strong selling point of that surprise hit film, whereas, 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' has some decent songs like 'Banno','Old School Girl', 'Move On', 'Mat Ja Re' and others. 'Ghani Bawri' and 'Ja Ja Re Bewafa' were unwanted and badly placed in the film. 'Ghani Bawri' is a total misfit for the character of Tanu due to its placement and dialect of the song with its character.
Director Anand L. Rai comes up with yet another tale of a small town with large hearted people and narrates it in an entertaining manner. He, along with his writer adds up many entertaining moments in the film due to which the audiences will enjoy the film. Every character has its own tale to narrate and that's the brilliance of a good director. Sadly, Anand L. Rai ends up his films with weak climax and confused screenplay. 'Tanu Weds Manu' and 'Ranjhana' were perfect examples of how the creative director failed to enhance his films in the finale portions and similarly continues his tradition in 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'. The last part of the film is a let down, with dragging and unwanted moments 'leading to unconvincing and forced ending. Wish the maker had been more bold like in the case of 'Tanu Weds Manu', the end results would have been super encouraging.Performances:
Kangana Ranaut as Tanu looks ravishing, but it's the Kangana Ranaut as Datto which will win your heart. She looks, talks, acts brilliantly as per her character with a fine command over the Haryanvi accent. The whole character of Datto, is impressive and one will love the cuteness of Kangana in this role. Madhavan is fine in his part and does justice to his character. Though, he does not enhance his character like he did in the earlier part. Deepak Dobriyal is outstanding and one of the biggest reasons (along with Haryanvi Kanagana Ranaut) for you to watch this film. His comic timing, dialogues, expressions and screen presence is amazing. Even in the worst scenes he keeps doing his part, with grace. Jimmy Shergil looks impressive, but does not have much to offer. Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub is fine in his part. Eijaz Khan, Rajendra Gupta, Navni Parihar, K.K.Raina, Rajesh Sharma and others were wasted. Swara Bhaskar was enjoyable.Final Verdict: So bol meri FILMI KHOPDI iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum??? Well the movie is an enjoyable experience, especially due to its fun filled first half followed by ace performances by Kangana Ranaut (as Datto) and Deepak Dobriyal along with fantastic dialogues. There's no doubt that the movie is made to cash in over the star value of Kangana Ranaut and the past glory of 'Tanu Weds Manu' as the basic soul of the film was missing due to which its lead characters fail to get established and justified. Also, the last part of the film is a let down due to its confused screenplay and predictable melodramatic ending. On an overall basis, 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' is a must watch for Kagana Ranaut and 'Tanu Weds Manu' fans as its like revisiting an old marriage video which starts with super fun, excitement, enjoyable moments along with nostalgia, dragging to routine stuffs towards the end.Ratings: 3.5/5