Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Kharbanda, Nayani Dixit, Manoj Pahwa, K K Raina, Vipin Sharma, Govind Namdev, Navni Parihar
Small town girls who refuse to confine themselves to time-beaten dikhats – we have already seen. This very year, twice at least – first there was Badri Ki Dulhania and more recently, there was Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. So when you have Rajkummar Rao & Kriti Kharbanda coming up with a film, similar to what we have already seen, we are of course expecting fireworks. However, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana seems like a preoccupied attempt that fails to do justice to all thoughts associated with small town romances.
The film is pitched in a small town of Uttar Pradesh. Aarti Shukla (Kriti Kharbanda) has to see a suitor, despite not wanting to marry at the moment. She is an educated girl whose one and only wish is to be an independent, working woman. Her suitor is Sattu aka Satyendra Mishra (Rajkummar Rao) who obviously falls completely in love with her the second he lays his eyes on her. His stable government job and a good family makes the Shukla family gear up for a quick wedding. Aarti too is smitten by his love for her and his simplicity. Everyone is happy, the two are rather cute in their small-town-simple-romantic scenes but the best of those moments are already in the trailers leaving little for the audience to chew upon in the theatres...
However, everything is going smoothly, too smoothly if you ask me for the Shukla-Mishra wedding. The dowry is taken care of (which is dealt with too casually for someone like Aarti who is supposed to be a free-thinking, educated girl). She sits quietly through all the discussion about dowry, through some rather downright archaic notions about marriage and rights of a women. However – she cannot sit through the idea of a wedding into a family that doesn’t allow women to work, so she bids goodbye to her dearest Sattu at the altar.
What happens to the simple, sweet Sattu after being rejected at the altar? How does he plan his revenge and what does Aarti do to placate her once-upon-a-time fiancé, is what the film is all about.
To tell you the truth, there is nothing really in the film that binds you to the popcorns and your chair for long enough. You start getting restless after the first half an hour. There are so many factors that the film fails on that it is a shame.
Such brilliant actors like Rajkummar Rao and even Kriti Kharbanda are completely wasted in this film. They have no meat to chew on, they have nothing to build their characters around. It is clear that Kriti was in the film thanks to lure of working with Rajkummar Rao, but I cannot for the life of me understand why Rao signed the film.
His character is terribly sketchy, there is no spine to him pre-interval and no heat to him post interval! While the cinematography by Suresh Beesaveni is accurate, he has not really been able to bring out a flavour to the film through the eyes of Sattu & Aarti.
It is a very superficial attempt to make an 'awareness' film. Ratnaa Sinha has little to offer through this one though through certain moments in the film, she does show promise.