Movie Review: Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, Thanks But No Thanks For The Invitation

Rajkummar Rao is as competent as ever. Kriti Kharbanda does a decent job. But don’t look for joyous entertainment in this shaadi-go-round

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Movie Review: Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, Thanks But No Thanks For The Invitation
two stars

Over to yet another shaadi which could end up in barbaadi. How couldn’t it? The prospect of Satyendra Mishra wedding Aarti Shukla doesn’t seem auspicious from the very outset. Fret.

The odds against the saat pheras of the small-towny couple of Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, directed by first-timer Ratnaa Sinha, hark back to a lost era, and in addition to those TV serials which went gaga over Jurassic saasu-maas.

Get set then, for deadly dowry demands, strictures insisting that the bride dare not harbour career ambitions. And last and also the least,  there’s the pair itself which doesn’t dare to defy traditions. Instead, they subject themselves to a tortuous twist in the plot guaranteed to make you, the viewer, bothered and sweating hot.

A Still from Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana

A Still from Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana

However, since Bollywood tradewallas and wallis are convinced that thwarted weddings make for crowd-pleasing content, here you are beating around the malpua bush for the nth time.

The neat and flood-lit location is supposed to be Kanpur, the second largest town in Uttar Pradesh, after Lucknow. Right. So the heart of the  mousy governmenti clerk Satyendra nicknamed Sattu (Rajkummar Rao) goes dhak-dhak-a-dhak when his marriage is fixed with Aarti no nickname (Kriti Kharbanda). They like what they see of each other, keep the incipient romance hubbling-‘n’-bubbling, till those social evils rear their ugly heads. Dread.

Apni Aartiji, at the exhortation of her independent-minded sister, opts for the PCS exams and naturally, passes with fabulously flying colours. That justifies her status, you suppose, as a runaway bride. Bully for her.A promising career over domestic drudgery is beyond better, any day, any show.

Kriti Khabanda And Rajkummar Rao In Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana
Kriti Khabanda And Rajkummar Rao In Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana

End of story? Hardly. Time elapses. And by one of those totally contrived tricks of the screenplay, the jilted Sattu now occupies a superior seat of authority, while Aarti is charged for corruption. Quite easily done. The Jilted Groom, you’re led to believe now, is out to wreak revenge or some much-much. Needless to gripe, the post-interval stretch is as much of a drag as a baaraat without a band baaja.

Don’t get me wrong though. The music score by assorted composers does keep striking up ditties, none of which are likely to be stored for keeps on your playlist.

Technically serviceable, such Bolly-versions of the endless behind-the-scenes agonies and ecstasies of a shaadi-naama have been witnessed non-stop of late.

Rajkummar Rao In Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana
Rajkummar Rao In Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana

Any redeeming features? Sure. Expectedly, Rajkummar Rao invests dollops of conviction into his role, which under a lesser actor, could have become a cartoonish caricature. Infallibly, he’s nuanced. Kriti Kharbanda, at least, makes her screen presence felt (if you do remember her from Guesst iin London, my sincere congratulations).

Of the supporting ensemble,  Nayani Dixit as Aarti’s gung-ho sister and K.K.Raina as the hapless but stoic father of the bride, are impressive.

In sum, the hectoring title of Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is not to be taken seriously. Try this so-so film, only if you have nothing better to do for 128 minutes of your life.

Image Source: youtube/zeemusiccompany  & twitter/shaadimainzarooraana

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