• 29 Sep - 05 Oct, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

A film by Anurag Kashyap, featuring Vicky Kaushal in his first major role since Lust Stories and Sanju, the talented Taapsee Pannu and marking the return of Abhishek Bachchan after three years, Mannmarziyan had everything in its favour. However, the film takes a lot of time to establish the characters and by the time it moves forward, it’s too late. However, Abhishek’s restrained performance, Taapsee’s wildness and Vicky’s ‘irresponsible’ acting save the movie despite it being certified 18+ for love scenes and explicit dialogues.

The love triangle in the movie revolves around the free-spirited Rumi (Taapsee Pannu) part-time DJ, full-time lover Vicky (Vicky Kaushal), and UK-returned banker Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan), in search for a bride. He chooses Rumi over others despite knowing about Vicky and that’s what haunts him after marriage, as Rumi breaks up-makes up with Vicky despite his unwillingness to send his family to her house with a proposal. Does Vicky become mature with the passage of time; does Rumi realise that Robbie is the good man who will keep her happy or will Robbie decide to take matters in his own hands to close the chapter for good; watch the movie to find out.

Vicky Kaushal is outstanding as the DJ in the film who is like most of the youngsters out there – irresponsible, unwilling to commit and above all, scared of becoming responsible. You want to hate him for his dressing, his mannerisms and his aloofness and that’s what keeps the audience engrossed in the movie. Taapsee seems to have carried on from Soorma where she plays an international-level hockey player because she plays the same role here, with a twist that involved being the ‘girl in contention’ between two people. Then there is Abhishek Bachchan in his first film since 2015; he plays the righteous NRI who wants to do everything the right way and doesn’t care if that means ending up as a loser.

The scene where he restarts the motorbike after Rumi’s character dumps him before the marriage is one of the best sequences of the film. Kudos to Anurag Kashyap for making a return to films after Mukkabaaz earlier this year. However, something must be done for the film’s pace because it takes too much time before intermission and also seems to be going in a loop unnecessarily. The controversy about banning the film in Pakistan also damaged the movie, as it was released in select theatres with an A Certificate from Sindh Censor Board.•