Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Surekha Sikri
By now we know Ayushmann Khurrana brings fun and unique films to the box office, yet when you see the trailer of Badhaai Ho, you cannot help but wonder if they will manage to pack in as much humour and fun in a 2hour 10mins feature film as they did in that one minute! Remember how after a while Shubh Mangal Saavdhan grated the nerves? Surprisingly, Amit Sharma manages the fete much better than he handled in his first, Tevar (starring Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha)
Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) works in an IT company; he is in love with Renee (Sanya Malhotra). While Nakul comes from a typical middle class family, living in a joint family with his grandmother, parents and younger brother, Renee is more upper class Delhi. After the brief introduction, we are informed about the ‘chotta mehmaan’ that is coming in the Kaushik family. Jitendra Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) who is about to retire from his job as a railway ticket collector announces it to the family with utmost shame, while his wife, Nakul’s mother, is melting with embarrassment where she stands. Of course, you register their expressions only after you see the shock run through the entire household. Like a typical elder brother would do, Nakul tries to even push the ‘blame’ onto his younger sibling who is equally shocked, despite being the youngest in the family. Thus the Kaushik family’s dilemma sets the tone of the film.
Eventually, neighbours and friends get the news and the snickering follows. Suddenly, the cool-dude Nakul is not looking so cool anymore; he is avoiding people who he would once rag mercilessly because the tables have now turned. Of course, you, the audience, laugh along with them at the Kaushik family’s predicament dealing with the rather unusual circumstances. And yet, you will also find yourself relating to each and every member of Kaushik family. While the Kaushiks deal with the pregnancy that has shaken them all up, Nakul’s love life takes a beating. Of course, at the end of it, the film puts every madness to the right, and you come out with a smile spread across your face.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s whose last film Andhadhun is still collecting the wows at the marquee, is on a roll. Of course, this one is closer home to what we have seen Khurrana do previously. Somehow, he handles the whole Delhi-small-town-big-mouth mentality perfectly. That along with a dose of humour that runs towards risqué, Khurrana nails perfectly. His matter of fact, ‘yeh bhi koi papa-mummy ke karne ki cheez hai’ right after having steamy sex with his girlfriend has you rolling with laughter, even though his girlfriend obviously doesn’t find it funny. These moments are galore in the film and each are simple, relatable and funny, with Ayushmann nailing each perfectly.
With him is his granny. The way her character is shaped in the film, will have you love her. Yes, she is the typical nit-picking lady who puts every person in her family to task, especially her daughter-in-law but still, she has their back …. Especially her daughter-in-law’s. Having Surekha Sikri play the part is an ace, she does it better than anyone ever could. Others fall in line with the cast too, be it Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta or Gujraj Rao. The full credit of the success of this film however, should go to the writers. Akshat Ghidial, who has written the dialogues, needs to be applauded for he is truly the star of the film. He walks the thin line, without making his words crude and yet, hilarious almost every single time.
Take a bow Amit Ravindernath Sharma, this time around, you have successfully made a good film!