Friday, February 25, 2011

Tanu Weds Manu Movie Review-R.Madhavan’s Best Performance

In the same league as Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin, Jab We Met and Band Baaja Baarat; Tanu Weds Manu is a delightful watch. There is something about the unconventional pair R. Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut, that special chemistry that tugs at our heart, albeit lovingly. This movie is the story of two people with totally contrasting personalities-while R. Madhavan’s character Manu is reserved, well-mannered, soft-spoken individual, Tanu revels in bad habits-smoking, drinking, treating life casually and of course, abusing. Just to know that she is not a lone sheep, Tanu’s father is also into expletives.

Manu’s wedding proposal for Tanu ends snappily when he comes to know that she has a boyfriend. When Manu ditches the idea of marriage with her and goes to attend a friend’s wedding, he sees Tanu there at the wedding as a friend of the bride. Later we come to know that Tanu’s boyfriend whom she is very eager to marry and has the same personality as her, is Jimmy Shergill. But Manu’s subtle good nature, wins her over in the end, and she decides to marry Manu instead. But it is not so easy, as the hot-headed Jimmy Shergill will not give in so easily.

Plus points of Tanu Weds Manu
1 . Briliiant performances by the actors, especially R. Madhavan and Deepak Dobriyal
2. The psychedelic milieu and the old town feel of Delhi, Kanpur, Lucknow and Kapurthala is well captured by the cinematographer Chitranjan Das.
3. Some very good scenes in the first half, pleasing narrative, great characterizations merging into a decently good climax
4. Good chemistry between the lead pair
5. The movie stays non-filmy and relatable, and only the climax was over-the-top, but that can be excused because it was done for cinematic liberty.

Minus points of Tanu Wed Manu
1. While some scenes stand out, others pale or drag. For instance, one of the sangeet songs where Kangna dances to, could have been curtailed. Also the second half has some scenes that could have been trimmed. Faster editing would have been appreciated
2. Though there is good chemistry between the lead, one or two romantic scenes could have been more interesting.
3. Deepak Dobriyal’s flirting with a girl in the film was cute, they should have worked on that angle
4. The biggest negative is absence of good music. If you are making a wedding based, romantic movie, you better have peppy numbers and soft, romantic tracks.

Best scenes in Tanu Weds Manu
1. The opening scene where Tanu sees Manu
2. Manu’s friendship with her friend( Swara Bhaskar)
3. The fireplace scene where Kangna talks to R. Madhavan about her being the human pacemaker.
4. The Jai-Mata Di scene featuring Deepak Dobriyal
5. R. Madhavan’s brilliant scene in the car where he tells her that he loves her
6. The wedding registrar office scene
7. The climax
Performances in Tanu Weds Manu
Kangna Ranaut is not so effective, her dialogue delivery and diction is insipid and she is not exactly able to play the free-bird so well. Swara Bhaskar outshines her . a. The supporting cast of K.K. Raina, Rajendra Gupta and Navni Parihar are okay. Ravi Kishen is utterly wasted in this film, one even wonders what he was doing in the film, either his role was heavily chopped or he just did the role on a goodwill basis. Jimmy Shergill comes up with another brilliant performance. An under-rated actor in Bollywood, he is much better than many actors today. Tanu weds Manu belongs to Manu, .R. Madhavan and Deepak Dobriyal. Although, Deepak has a brief role, he does make quite an impact. Madhavan has given his best performance in Bollywood in Tanu Weds Manu. In the same mould as Mohan Bhagav(Shah Rukh Khan) of Swades and Prem (Salman Khan) of Hum Saath Saath Hain, the shy guy and too-good-to-be-true act of R.Maddy will be in our minds for a long time to come.
Conclusion: Tanu Weds Manu is a charming movie. This may not be a heart-raging love story but it will definitely touch a special place in your heart.


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