Cast: R. Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kissen, Deepak Dobriyal, Eijaz Khan and Swara Bhaskar
The premise of ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ isn’t enthralling or new that will generate a batter of interest for the moviegoers.
Director Aanand L. Rai has distilled a yarn of romantic comedy fare that doesn’t provide any unexpected tonic of romance that is bound to entertain and make you sally to buy tickets.
However, you can marvel at some of the elements that do hold much appeal like the peppered, drafted out dialogues, uncluttered screenplay and well-defined characters.
Giving credit where it’s due, Madhavan and Kangana have managed to shine and create an emotional insight with their uncommon talent. Also Jimmy Sheirgill, Swara Bhaskara (who plays Tanu’s friend), Ejaz Khan and Deepak Dobriyal did manage to keep you hooked with their relatable characters.
This Madhavan–Kangana starrer is a dime dozen tale, where a boy meets girl in a typical Indian marriage set up. The characters in the setting do remind you of a typical middle class environment and slices of North Indian culture.
The story starts around a London based NRI Manoj Sharma, aka Manu (played by R.Madhavan), who comes to India on task to find a bride for him after living a despondent lonely life for twelve years.
As decided, Manu, his father (K.K. Raina) and mother (Dipti Sharma) land in Kanpur to hunt for a bride and that’s where he quite instantly gives his heart to Tanuja Trivedi, aka Tanu (played by Kangana).
Born in Kanpur and studied in Delhi, Tanu is exactly opposite to Manu’s character as she is unruly, loud and a fun loving woman, who also smokes and drinks.
This doesn’t deter Manu to fall in love with Tanu at first sight and he openly tells both the families that he likes her. Meanwhile, Tanu hatches a plan to stop the wedding.
However, situations throw a different light as Manu comes to know that Tanu has a boyfriend (played Jimmy Shergill).
And incidentally, Manu calls off the wedding and takes the full blame by rejecting her, even though he knows at the back of his mind that he still loves her.
And later, both Manu and Tanu get a chance to bump into each other in a wedding at Kapurthala in Punjab.
Manu gets closer to Tanu after much compulsion from his friend Jaspreet Singh Shergill, alias Jassi (Eijaz Khan), and in the meantime, Tanu’s boyfriend Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Shergill) turns up at the wedding, and she later invites Manu for her wedding.
The lead players, Madhavan and Kangana in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ rise above the script to come up with standout performances. The music by Krsna is just enthralling.
Watch ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ only for the performances of the characters.