"‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’" | A must attend ‘Shaadi’
Stepping out of the routine Bollywood romantic dramas, Ratnaa Sinha strikes the right chord with the audience, and beautifully reflects the long-established customs and evils of the society. Starring Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Kharbanda, the movie is a perfect amalgamation of emotions, drama, revenge, and romance.
The story opens up on Satyendra Mishra (Rajkummar Rao), a government clerk, who meets Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda), over a cup of coffee so as to take a decision to get married. Although the two never supported the idea of taking a lifelong decision post a 10-minute meeting, common ideologies and a sense of comfort eventually lead to the building of a love bond between them.
The twist comes when over-ambitious Arpita gets to know about her results where she clears the PCS exam in the first attempt and thereby runs off on her wedding day to become an officer. But the moment you would expect a typical Bollywood drama, where the hero loses control of his life, Ratna Sinha diverts the story to another track as Satyendra, who is now an IAS officer, comes back after 5 years to take revenge of the disgrace faced by him and his family, but end up falling in love again.
Amidst the innocent fairy tale, the story vaguely gives a glimpse of the practices like dowry, gender biases and a lot more. Being the sole inheritor of the family’s property, the boys’ family automatically gets the authority to demand a handsome amount in order to get married to their son. Getting a government job is a bonus point for a boy whereas for the girl becoming an officer would be the cause of family’s disgrace. Aarti’s mother-in-law, in fact, defends her ideology (that considers it inappropriate for the bahu of the house to work) by saying, “Is ghar mein to hum hi sarkar hain, bahu aaye aur ghar sambhale. Isi ko sarkari naukari samajh le. Humare ghar me bahuein naukri nahi karti.”
Though the narrative seems to be too complicated in various instances, Ratna balances it by giving a small-town feel to the audience. From the dialect to the backdrops, nothing looks odd. Even the music is soothing. Kumaar, Shakeel Azmi, Gaurav Krishna Bansal, Arko and Kunal Verma’s lyrics seem to compliment the soundtracks composed by Anand Raj Anand.
Another strong reason to watch the movie would be Rajkummar Rao, the star performer. Though, one would easily associate his character in this movie to the ones in ‘Queen’ and ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’, yet a convincing performance by him keeps the audience glued. In the first half, he plays the character of a young, simple guy who is quite ignorant about the injustices going around him while in the second half, he portrays a bitter officer who is hell bound to destroy Aarti. Kriti Kharbanda was not bad either, but what saved the narrative from getting flat were the supporting star cast. Govind Ramdev, K.K. Raina, and Vipin Sharma’s performance were commendable in their own ways. So, despite minor flaws in the execution and an overstretched story, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana won’t be a bad choice to enjoy your weekend.