This seems to be a season of budget movies and actors like RajKummar Rao making the most of it. NEWTON, BAREILLY KI BARFI, TRAPPED, ALIGARH… as his recent past movies, Rajkummar is certainly making all the right moves. Whereas two (Hindi) films old Kriti Kharbanda gets some meat in this film post her Hindi movies like RAAZ: REBOOT and GUEST IIN LONDON that did not make much noise.
SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA marks the directorial debut of Anubhav Sinha’s wife Ratnaa Sinha. Ratnaa Sinha has had a stint with Television in the past too. With her directorial project, Ratnaa Sinha has tried to include all the ingredients she could lay her hands on, to make a good narrative. But what was positioned to be a rom-com has too many things in between including the dowry factor, a runaway bride, power politics, guns, et al.
SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA begins with both Satyendra aka Sattu (Rajkummar Rao) and Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda) trying their best to evade a marriage proposal meeting. But on their parents’ (and friends) insistence Raj and Kriti finally meet at a coffee shop. Though, both are initially reluctant about getting married, they somehow hit it off in the very first meeting itself. They like each other and decide to get married… a truly made for each other kinda pair!! However, on the eve of their marriage, unexpected turn of events take place and turns their lovey-dovey world topsy-turvy. What follows next forms the crux of the story. Do they actually get married or… is the narrative that has quite a few surprises en route with twists every few scenes.
Both the lead actors try very hard to get into the character and have no alternative but to shoulder the film. The other fringe characters – the families of Satyendra & Aarti have nothing much to showcase. The director has tried some double entendre humour in the first half but it appears too forced. Doesn’t really help the storytelling. Probably Ratna Sinha had an unconventional story to say but went haywire in the process and the final cut could have been shorter. The narrative gives audience the scope to ask how this can happen, or how did that happen and finally leave the auditorium only with a peppy ‘Rajasthani’ number – ‘Mahro Pallo Latke’.
With three releases this week and already two from the past couple of weeks could only make invitation to this Shaadi a lukewarm fare. Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana - unsolicited suggestion - if not really necessary for you to attend then give it a 'bahana' (excuse)