After Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Varun and Alia Bhatt have teamed up once again for Shashank Khaitan’s Badrinath Ki Dulhania, which released last week. And the duo once again won the hearts of the audiences with their superb chemistry. Badrinath Ki Dulhania has all the ingredients of a typical Bollywood entertainer. It has festivity, dance, music, romance, and drama. But what makes this movie even more delightful is its heart. Very intelligently and subtly, director Shashank Khaitan addresses the social issues of dowry, female infanticide, and patriarchy in Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
The movie traces the journey of Badrinath Bansal (Varun Dhawan) and Vaidehi Tridevi (Alia Bhatt ). Badri belongs to a Jhansi family which has a feudal father, a silent mother and a brother who had to give up the girl of his dreams only to marry the bride of his father’s choice. Vaidehi Trivedi is a daughter who always wants to be a son to her “Dahej-Fearing” father. They meet in a wedding in Kota and Badri, in the first meeting itself loses his heart to Vaidehi. He is very clear he doesn’t want to date her, he wants to marry her. He straight away sends a marriage proposal to her through his broker friend. This does not go too well with Vaidehi who wants is interested in bagging a job, rather than a husband. Badri is a guy who does not take a no for an answer and from here starts their love-hate story.
What makes this latest Bollywood release stand out is its approach in dealing with the social stigmas like dowry, female foeticide, and patriarchy without being preachy. The director doesn’t need to include these elements in the film and simply make it a Hindi Romantic comedy movie, but Shashank Khaitan did highlight these social issues in the film, without letting the core essence (i.e romance and comedy) of the film fade out. Badrinath Ki Duldania boasts of a commendable screenplay.
The impeccable chemistry of Varun and Alia again scores for the movie and makes it a delightful watch. While Alia manages to pull off a perfect performance as the ‘dulhaniya’ with a mind and will of her own, Varun as an entitled wealthy boy-who-may-never-turn-into-man is too good as well. He has got perfect comic timing. Watch Badrinath Ki Dulhania for its brilliant screenplay and amazing chemistry of the lead pair.