Verdict: One of the best family entertainers this year, no kidding.
Bollywood is evolving. With content-driven scripts and brilliantly made films, this year has been a great one for cinephiles. October itself has had exceptional releases like Andhadhun and Tumbbad. This week there’s one more release that falls into the same category. Directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma, Badhaai Ho keeps its promise to entertain you thoroughly.
What’s Badhaai Ho About:
The Kaushiks live in Delhi around nosy neighbors and friends. The family comprises of grandmother Kaushik (Surekha Sikri), Mr. & Mrs. Kaushik (Gajraj Rao & Neena Gupta), elder son Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) and the younger son Gullar (Shardul Rana). Mr. Kaushik is a typical middle-class man who loves his wife. One day, Mrs. Kaushik isn’t feeling too well and is taken to the doctor. After returning home, Mr. Kaushik informs everyone that they are expecting a baby. It comes as a shock to everyone around and they start to tease the elderly couple and both the sons. The elder son, in his late 20s, is particularly affected by this. But with everything happening in his love life, social life, and family life, he has to come to terms with the fact that his parents are sexually active and the idea of a family.
The movie has everything to make it work for you. Centralized around an issue that’s unusual but normal at the same time, the film goes way beyond the expectations. The movie has been written brilliantly and each character has been detailed to bits, be it the savage Grandma who doesn’t hesitate in stating the truth or the son who is constantly in a tussle between his family and social life. There’s not a single dull moment in the movie.
Badhaai Ho scores full marks for performances. Ayushmann’s choice of roles has carved a niche for him in the industry and this embarrassed millennial is a +1 in the list of good choices. Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao as Mr. & Mrs. Kaushik are couple goals, truly. Sanya Malhotra and Sheeba Chadda help with the convenient comparisons between the middle class and the above. Both are a delight to watch. But above all these characters is Surekha Sikri, who is, in a word, brilliant. From her taunts to brutally acidic comments, she is just perfect. The supporting characters were chosen wisely too, so the casting is bang on.
Behind all the entertainment is a subtle portrayal of a repressive society. With small instances where only the woman is being “blamed” for the pregnancy or people openly share information and gossip about someone’s private life but look down upon the most basic and natural phenomenon.
The music of the movie is great too. Songs like Badhaiyaan Tenu, Naina Na Jodeen, and Sajan Bade Senti fit perfectly to the various situations in the story. To sum it up, the movie makes you laugh, gets you to shed a few tears and never fails to entertain.
What Could Have Been Better:
Not much can be complained about here, although, we would have loved to see more of Sanya Malhotra (Renee). Renee has been established very well as a modern woman with her own mind but it seems a little incomplete.
Why You Should Watch:
Badhaai Ho is a comical and emotional roller coaster. It keeps you engaged throughout and has snuck in many lessons under the laughter it ensues. There are amazing performances, dialogues, and a relatable and fun story. We highly recommend you to watch this one with your mummy, papa, dada, dadi, chacha, chachi, padosis, siblings and friends.