Satyendra (Rajkummar Rao) and Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda) meet for a proposed arranged marriage and hit off pretty soon much to the delight of both the families. As they keep meeting each other and hanging out together, they fall in love. However, on the day of the marriage, some mishap happens which would turn their worlds upside down.
What happened on that fateful day? Who was responsible for whatever happened? Will both of them ever get over with it and get together again?
Positive Points: –
- The entire cast has done a pretty good and satisfying work with the performances especially Rajkummar Rao who (ofcourse) steals the show.
- The film is intriguing and is excellent as long as the corruption case isn’t solved.
- The songs in the film are pretty good and even though they won’t stand the wrath of time, they are delectable.
Negative Points: –
- Let’s face this. The first half of the film actually progresses in such a way that it seems to be challenging patriarchy and the dowry system (and rightly so). But it suddenly shifts into a sort of revenge drama and seldom touches the important issues that it once raised. This won’t be considered as a good storytelling technique in my honest opinion.
- The writing of the film gets pretty shambolic in the second half and the film gets more ridiculous as time passes.
- The film should have ended 20-30 minutes prior to it’s 137 minutes runtime. There was no need to sugar coat the movie to approach a happy ending.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
As a debutant, Ratnaa Sinha has done a pretty fine job and keeping in mind the film’s shoddy writing, you’d praise her even more. However, she misses quite some important issues that could have made a stronger impact on the audience. Yes, there are some open cracks in her work, but it ends up on the positive side as a whole.
Coming to Kamal Pandey’s screenplay, I wouldn’t say that it’s a complete wreck. It has its highs and lows. The first half is definitely good but the crux of the story lies in the second half and that is totally destroyed by Pandey’s jerry-built writing. Inspite of being overall satisfying, the revenge pursuit of Satyendra seems absurd at times viz. Aarti and Satyendra’s face off in the washroom and then at the bridge was a facepalm moment for me due to its silliness. As mentioned before, in my opinion the film should have ended after Aarti’s case had ended but Pandey stretched it unnecessarily for a lot more time in order to incorporate a saccharine ending which made the flick even more ludicrous.
The music of the film is pretty good and have been crafted to match with the film’s mood, which is commendable. My favourite of all the songs in the film is Arko’s Jogi which has been running on repeat in my playlist.
Rajkummar Rao. The name is enough! No matter what type of character you give him to enact, he is not gonna let you down. He is simply stellar and the way he handles the versatile forms of his character’s emotions is praiseworthy.
Kriti Kharbanda surprised me with her act. It’s not that she is great but she is good and has improved quite a lot in comparison to her previous performances. She could have made her presence even better if she had been more energetic as was required by her character. Well, never mind! It’s just a start and she has a long way to go.
Nayani Dixit is a revelation and makes her presence quite prominent in her brief stint. Vipin Sharma also gives a sterling performance.
Veteran actors Govind Namdev, K. K. Sinha, Manoj Pahwa and Alka Amin too have given decent performances.
Final Verdict: –
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana reminds me of another movie of Rao named Behen Hogi Teri (also released this year) whose botched up second half mauls the film after a brilliant first half. Nevertheless, Rao himself is enough to make the film watchable and renders it into a decent one-time watch.