Movie Review::Tanu Weds Manu Returns

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Honestly speaking I was not too impressed by the promos of Tanu Weds Manu Returns. At the outset it seemed like one more forced sequel: read Raaz 2, Murder 2, Don 2 and many many more. And watching it during the first week was definitely not on my mind. Owing to a good word of mouth publicity I decided to watch this movie. And what happened next was something that I did not expect at all!

On a Monday evening, late night show, I was barely able to get hold of tickets. There was a maddening rush at the cinema. My expectations from the movie rose. Lights off, CBFC certificate flashes, the song “Sun Sahiba Sun” starts playing in the background….
Tanu Weds Manu Returns(TWMR) starts exactly where its first part ends. Tanuja Trivedi aka Tanu marries Manoj Sharma aka Manu and in the next scene(post 4 years) both of them are bickering trying to prove that the other one is mentally unstable. Manu loses his cool in the counselling session thus paving the way for his entry into rehab centre. Tanu returns back to Lucknow where she runs into Chintu(Zeeshan Ayyub) the arrogant tenant in her father’s house not before she asks Pappi(Deepak Dobriyal) to get Manu out of the asylum. And this is exactly where the movie ups the entertainment ante. It is Pappi Bhaiyya with his quirky one liners who sets the movie ablaze. While Manu  sends a divorce notice to Tanu; he is smitten by Delhi University’s athlete Kusum(Kangana) who is Tanu’s look-alike. What happens next? Will Manu marry Kusum? How is Kusum connected to Manu’s past? Though somewhere the movie starts crawling in the second half; it is one hell of a roller coaster ride!!
Coming to the performances, Madhavan is wonderfully restrained as Manu. He plays his part with much ease. Kangana Ranaut in a double role is simply superb. We loved her as the spoilt brat Tanu in the first edition. She not only adds different dimensions to Tanu’s role but as Kusum is fabulous. Specially the climax; it belongs completely to Kangana. But the according to me Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi steals the show single-handedly. Every time he is on screen is bound to bring the house down. My favourite pick would the boating scene where he peddles with his hand! Rest of the cast Zeeshan Ayyub, Rajesh Sharma and Jimmy Shergill do justice to their roles. Despite restricted screen time each of the characters have lot of meat to offer in specific scenes.
Anand L Rai, the writer/director will henceforth feature in my favorites. He has handled the both the comic and sensitive scenes very well. Sply the dialogues in the movie are top class. They are bound to become popular as the movie’s popularity grows. There is no much scope for the music except for Banno.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns is definitely one of those movies which cannot be missed because of its sheer entertainment value. A sure shot run away hit of the year!
-Ashwath
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