128 Min. | Comedy – Drama – Romance | May 2015
IMDB Rating: 8.8
Director: Aanand Rai
Staring: Kangana Ranaut, Madhavan, Eijaz Khan
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Review: A sequel to the likable ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ is an equally enjoyable and energetic Sequel, that is a laugh-riot. Although the climax is underwhelming and disappointing, but Otherwise, the Writing. The direction and the performances work big time. Tanu and Manu’s marriage collapses. What happens when Manu meets Tanu’s lookalike Kusum – and when Tanu returns? ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ starts where the first part ended and I must say the story of Tanu and Manu, has continued to become even better than before. The first-hour is a firecracker, with the narrative offering one hilarious sequence after the other. Also, the track involving Tanu’s lookalike Kusum, is the high point of the enterprise. It offers terrific shock-value and the new character fits in beautifully. The second-hour, too, is wonderful, when the warring protagonists come face-to-face.
But, the climax is underwhelming. All of a sudden, this lighthearted comedy tale, turns cliched and melodramatic. You feel anything, but not sympathetic for its protagonists and that acts as a major disadvantage. How one wishes if the culmination was as convincing as the rest of the film. Himanshu Sharma’s Screenplay is extremely funny and engaging almost throughout, but he doesn’t end the story well. Anand L.Rai’s Direction is simplistic, but effective. He deserves brownie points, for maintaining the pace and the narrative, so nicely. Cinematography is top-class. Editing is crisp. Music by Various Artists, is peppy. In Tanu Weds Manu Returns, art Design is good.
In Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Kangana Ranaut and R.Madhavan are in top-form. Kangana is simply brilliant here in dual roles. She reprises the role of the spicy and bitchy Tanu with ease, but is simply extraordinary as the free-spirited and courageous Kusum. It’s a versatile performance from one of the finest actresses working in India. Today, Madhavan, on the other-hand, is lovely. He’s so restrained and believable. Deepak Dobriyal is outstanding. He totally brings the house down and is sure to be loved by one and all. Jimmy Shergill is excellent, yet again! Swara Bhaskar and Ejaz Khan are decent. Rajesh Sharma is fabulous in a brief role. Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub is first-rate. Rajendra Gupta leaves a mark. On the whole, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ isn’t perfect, thanks to a weak climax, but otherwise, it works! Worth a watch.