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Friday, September 22, 2023

4-star elements of ‘Tanu Weds Manu returns’!


*Ding ding ding* what’s that… You hear the wedding bells ring again? This means that TANU WEDS MANU returns! In 2011, the first instalment became a hit after winning our hearts. However, will this sequel do the same? YES it will! So I bring you 4-star elements of TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS (TWMR).


  1. Queen’ Kangana Ranaut!


Since QUEEN, Kangana Ranaut has proven to be one of the most exceptional actresses of Hindi cinema. She re-affirms this point in TWMR. In the film, Ranaut essays the roles of Tanu and Kusum, who are equally flamboyant and in love with Manu (R. Madhavan). On one hand, Kusum is a Haryanvi sports athlete, while Tanu is a distraught cum piquant wife. It is amazing to see how one actress can portray two distinct yet similar characters with gusto. Ranaut is undeniably a strong contender for the best actress award!

2. The realistic rustic setting

dkkThe director Aanand L Rai successfully encompasses the urban essence of Haryana and Kanpur. This pragmatically enhanced the story and the characters. In fact, a special mention of a night sequence when a drunken Ranaut walks on a deserted street in Haryana and searches for things to fix her marriage. This scene caught and maintains the audience’s attention for the next few minutes. In fact, the scenery reminded me of my hometown in Gujarat!

3. Deepak Dobriyal’s apt comic timing

ddAlthough Kangana Ranaut was brilliant, one must also acknowledge the excellence of Deepak Dobriyal’s comic timing. YES, Pappiji is back! If his performance in TANU WEDS MANU impressed you, then his performance in TWMR will definitely make you chuckle. He’s brilliant!

4. Sharp and witty dialogues

dialogfueA major success factor of TWMR are the sharp and witty dialogues. These will not only tickle your funny bone, but will make you applaud and blow sitties (whistles). This is because the dialogues perfectly comply with the mainstream/commercial genre of the movie. I guarantee that they will stay with you after the credits roll!

Overall, TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS is a spunky, hilarious entertainer. This cool love story is like a whiff of fresh air during this scorching summer season!

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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