Badrinath Ki Dulhania Movie Review
Badrinath Ki Dulhania MovieSTORY:
Badrinath is looking for a typical bride; Vaidehi is looking for an independent life. Together, they must break with tradition and redefine their role
Badrinath Ki Dulhania MovieREVIEW:
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a backpack full of radioactive social issues treated with caution with dazzled Dharma gloves. But “manipulated” is the watchword here.
Located in small towns like Jhansi and Kota where patriarchy is as evident as daylight, the film focuses on Badrinath (Varun Dhawan), the son of a sahukar in pursuit of a bride. He places Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) at a wedding and begins courting her. But Vaidehi refuses to yield to social pressure and succumb to a marriage fed by a dowry IV droplets. It turns out she is this little girl mutant town with real opinions and ambitions and especially, a spine.
And his character is the backbone of this story, too. It is fierce and real; It is pushed down but ascends; She protects her dreams and for once, do not get manipulated emotionally. The health of his father is damned!
Through Vaidehi, the film checks all the important boxes: gender issues, feminism, consent, etc. But the story is treated stylistically (with sequences of elaborate songs and flashbacks and cinematographic moments) that it loses heat. Sometimes, the characters speak like public service announcements, and seem a bit artificial.
The runtime does not help either. This is a story with an obvious highlight, so sitting through two and a half hours to find out what you already know might become uncomfortable. But the blinding vibration of the film and the hilarious lines back to back should make you go through.
Together, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt are the best thing that could have happened on our screens. The beautiful effortlessness of their gleaning screen companions a smile on your face. Dhawan as Badri is adorable; You take it instantly to it. It even draws impressive dramatic scenes. Bhatt, unsurprisingly, gives him everything, and his sincerity comes through. But his accent, balanced between Juhu and Jhansi, is sometimes embarrassing.