Tanu Weds Manu: Doesn’t soar, but will make you smile

February 25, 2011
Director Anand Rai’s “Tanu Weds Manu” is a romantic comedy about a meek doctor who falls in love with a feisty, rebellious Kanpur girl, as a result of which he finds himself in the middle of what can only be described as sticky situation, and staring down the barrel of a gun.
R Madhavan plays Manoj Sharma aka Manu, a sweet, docile doctor, who inspite of having lived alone in London for more than a decade, wants an arranged marriage with a girl from the Indian heartland and falls in love with the first girl he sees, at one glance, while she is asleep.
Kangana Ranaut plays the sleeping girl aka Tanu aka Tanuja Trivedi, who is nothing like the simple village belle Manu imagines her to be when she wakes up. While smoking a cigarette, she tells him that she doesn’t want to get married to him because she already has a boyfriend and has no intention of marrying someone her parents have chosen for her.
Disappointed, Manu returns home, but when he runs into her again at a friends wedding, a fledgling romance seems to develop between two people with absolutely nothing in common.
Rai’s first half is a rollicking ride and you don’t find your attention wavering at all. The dialogues, by Himanshu Sharma,are sparkling and you will find yourself laughing out loud at several places. Also, it’s a refreshing change to see a heroine who is feisty and not afraid of taking risks, and Kangna pulls her off with some aplomb, bad dialogue delivery notwithstanding.
It is in the second half that the film unravels – rapidly. Manu’s intentions become too unclear, there is too much of melodrama and the script is nowhere as tight as it was in the first half. What saves this film are the interesting characters that Rai develops, not just the lead pair, but even those around them. Special mention to Swara Bhaskar and Deepak Dobriyal who play Tanu and Manu’s best friends respectively and bring so much to what is essentially a side role.
In the end, “Tanu Weds Manu” doesn’t reach soaring heights, but I’d recommend you watch it any way, because it will bring a smile to your face.

twmDirector Anand Rai’s “Tanu Weds Manu” is a romantic comedy about a meek doctor who falls in love with a feisty, rebellious Kanpur girl, as a result of which he finds himself in the middle of what can only be described as a sticky situation, and staring down the barrel of a gun.

R. Madhavan plays Manoj Sharma aka Manu, who in spite of having lived alone in London for more than a decade, wants an arranged marriage with a girl from the Indian heartland and falls in love with the first girl he sees, at one glance, while she is asleep.

Kangna Ranaut plays the sleeping girl aka Tanu aka Tanuja Trivedi, who is nothing like the simple village belle Manu imagines her to be when she wakes up. While smoking a cigarette, she tells him that she doesn’t want to get married to him because she already has a boyfriend and has no intention of marrying someone her parents have chosen for her.

Disappointed, Manu returns home, but when he runs into her again at a friend’s wedding, a fledgling romance seems to develop between two people with absolutely nothing in common.

Rai’s first half is a rollicking ride and you don’t find your attention wavering at all. The dialogues, by Himanshu Sharma,are sparkling and you will find yourself laughing out loud at several places. Also, it’s a refreshing change to see a heroine who is feisty and not afraid of taking risks, and Kangna pulls her off with some aplomb, bad dialogue delivery notwithstanding.

It is in the second half that the film unravels — rapidly. Manu’s intentions become unclear, there is too much of melodrama and the script is nowhere as tight as it was in the first half. What saves this film are the interesting characters that director Rai develops, not just the lead pair, but even those around them. Special mention to Swara Bhaskar and Deepak Dobriyal who play Tanu and Manu’s best friends respectively and bring so much to what is essentially a side role.

In the end, “Tanu Weds Manu” doesn’t reach soaring heights, but I’d recommend you watch it any way, because it will bring a smile to your face.

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Some how I believe movies which involve Shaadi plot are quiet entertaining ( HAHK, Mosoon wedding, Band bajaa Baraat).. There is at-least 1 character in the movie who makes you laugh, the songs are awesome.. Waise Indian weddings are full of masti..

Same happens with Tanu weds Manu.. while it had very few songs and the hit song “Sadi Gali” was never played complete.. There is full-on excitement in first half with the “paapi” begin the character who brings smile on your face (“naam likh kar batau ya de kar” :) )
Acting wise, Kangana & Madhavan both have done justice to their character..
The weak point of the movie was the dragged end..unnecessary entry of Jimmy with a quiet predictable ending..
But over all its a one time watch movie..I give 2 and half stars for the movie (out if 5)..

Take Care :)

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Movie is over-rated. The first half was good but the second half is so bad, it kills the entire movie. Just about able to sit through it. Must admit that individual performances were good — problem not with casting but with the storyline. If only the script were better — but that’s a big if.

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