Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a well-prepared delicacy, cooked to perfection. And you can taste each of the ingredients that are just bursting with flavors.

The movie carries forward the plot of Tanu Weds Manu (2011), and we can see all the actors reprising their original roles. The film begins with Tanuja Trivedi (Kangana Ranaut) getting married to Manu Sharma (R. Madhavan), and what follows is an instant time leap of 4 years.The couple is now settled in London, but much has changed in the 4 years of their marriage. Both husband and wife are unhappy with the way their married life is shaping up. They visit a counselor, and get into a fight mid-session. The whole hullabaloo with the counsellor lands Manu Sharma in the mental asylum, while Tanu returns to her house in Kanpur. Enter Chintu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), a final-year law student who lives in Tanu’s house. He is attracted to Tanu and wants to marry her. On the other hand, Manu Sharma is now out of the asylum and is on his way back to his own house in Delhi. Unhappy with Tanu’s behaviour and the fact that she left him alone in London, Manu sends her a divorce notice. Meanwhile in Delhi, he comes across Kusum Sangwan aka Datto, who looks just like Tanu. One thing leads to another and romance starts blossoming between Manu and Datto, who soon decide to get married. Tanu gets wind of this marriage, and starts seeking Manu out. What follows is a roller-coaster ride that involves Tanu meeting Manu and Datto, hauntings of the past, and a delightful cinematic experience full of dance, drama, and comedy.

Kangana Ranaut hits this one out of the park. She exudes brilliance in every frame of the movie. You just can’t take your eyes off her. She essays both the characters, Tanu and Datto, with such perfection that it makes it very difficult for you to remember that both the roles have been portrayed by the same person. Her Haryanvi accent in the role of a state level athletics champion is perfect to a T. Madhavan reprises his role of Manu Sharma with ease. In fact, it seems tailor-made for him. What is extremely commendable is the fact that he keeps the character totally in sync and similar to the one in the prequel. Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi, Manu’s sidekick, is a hilarious buffoon. He ups his game and takes it a few notches higher than the original. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is the latest entrant to this clan. He does full justice to his role. Jimmy Shergill as Raja Awasthi is fantastic, and someone we wish got a tad more screen time. Swara Bhaskar plays her part perfectly too.

The music of the film is already topping charts and the placement of songs in the storyline makes for an entertaining visual delight. Banno Tera Swagger and Ghani Bawri are more than foot-tapping numbers; they might just make you do a little jig in the cinema hall.

Full marks to writer Himanshu Sharma for making sure that the movie is filled with hilarious punctuations throughout. Last but not the least, after Tanu Weds Manu (2011) and Raanjhanaa (2013), director Aanand L. Rai has scored a hattrick with Tanu Weds Manu Returns. He has managed to make the movie completely different from the original, and still managed more than considerable relevancy to the 2011 prequel. The film caters to audiences across all age groups and mindsets. A complete package with edge-of-the-seat entertainment. Tanu Weds Manu (2011) was a film worthy of a sequel and Rai doesn’t disappoint.

Why should you watch this film?
Twice the awesomeness of Kangana, set against a humorous backdrop makes this film a must-watch

By Vikas Nopany