Badrinath Ki Dulhania Reviews
Alia Bhatt's rebellious dulhania meets Varun Dhawan's boy-man Badrinath, what follows is a flavoursome romance which is way ahead of Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania. Sit back and applaud.
What makes Badrinath Ki Dulhania work, really, is the intent and the two principal actors...
This film may not offer a substantial take on any cause, but it is one of the many that take the debate forward. Being mainstream will only help it.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a one time watch which has humour, social message, good looking actors and high degrees of emotions.
Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan's film is a pulpy, uneven romantic caper that strives to pass itself off as a mellow tale of patriarchy, love, honour and ambition
RSVP Yes to this wedding; it’s grand, with good music, great people and delicious food for thought.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is light, entertaining and likeable. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt prove that on screen chemistry can be enough sometimes to keep you engaged in an average plot with a predictable narrative.
Badrinath isn't always successful in its continuous attempt to tickle and touch the heart. There are set-pieces that never quite work such as a scene where a man's molestation by a gang of men is supposedly a source of amusement and a superfluous audition to find a groom. Despite a share of dull moments, Khaitan does manage to give some tropes refreshing spins and does well by emphasising on the significance of respect in a relationship. He doesn't shy away from highlighting Badri's and Vaidehi's imperfections. The biggest takeaway from Badrinath is that a woman leads the way and saves the day. She alters the hero's mindset and makes him a more considerate man. A better title would have been Vaidehi Ka Dulha.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania‘s rom-com with a message format is likable. Alia-Varun once again show, they are the new-age Raj-Simran.
Well acted and well conceived, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and its socially relevant ideas rise above the frivolous execution to give you a solid film. The usual tropes of masala movies like the spunky music and the slick clothes etc add no value to this movie. What does make sense is the fact that it takes run of the mill romance and turns it into a quirky and very entertaining experience. This one’s a definite must watch.
Watch it for the impeccably infectious chemistry between Varun and Alia they both nail it to the core and certainly are the most endearing young pair of Bollywood.
Both the Shashank Khaitan movie and Varun Dhawan's character have very few redeeming features. This seems like a film from the '90s. In the '90s, of course, one could get away with all kinds of stuff. Maybe, even now you can after all the lead actors look so effortless and easygoing on screen
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a hit. It has entertainment for the masses and the classes, for the young and the old, for the girls and the guys, for the big as well as the small centres and for the multiplex audience as well as for the single-screen cinema audience. It will keep the producers, distributors and exhibitors smiling from ear to ear.
Badrinath is stud of Jhansi helping his dad recover loans. He falls in love with Vaidehi Trivedi who is smart and ambitious. The duo are in love, but in a patriarchal set up, will their love survive?
'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' is entertainingly meaningful and will be liked by the youngsters as well as the family audience.
This is a Varun Dhawan show from start to finish. If you are a fan of his acting talent, you are in for a treat and if you are not, you are in for a treat anyway. Watch it for Varun-Alia’s chemistry and the important subject of gender equality it deals with in the garb of entertainment. This is the first true blue family entertainer of this year so far. Do not miss it.
Audience Reviews for Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Director Shashank Khaitan's Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya is not as amazingly written, performed, danced or sung as HSKD, the first film in this two-parter, but still its more original and richly executed than the former. It has got feminism, romance, Uttar Pradesh and Gwalior on its map, but it doesn't spoon feed you on anything. I especially enjoyed the scenes of nok-jhonk of Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) and Badri (Varun Dhawan), my favourite being jo ghira tere naino se taanka. The festive colours of the film reflect that the artists are enjoying themselves. It's a good quality. This film is almost Rajkumar Hirani directing a romance.
best : Acting , Story ( purpose )
weakness : more emotional drama at the second half, screenplay ( second half )
Varun and Alia's magic is what makes Badrinath Ki Dulhania a thoroughly
engaging film. The socially relevant side of Badrinath's story acts as
a nice buffer and balance to its fluffy and colourful treatment. Well
acted and well conceived, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and its socially
relevant ideas rise above the frivolous execution to give you a solid
film. Badrinath Ki Dulhania has its own set of flaws. But, it is the
lead cast who wins over your hearts with his beguiling performance and
makes you forgive the makers for it. The music was good enough with
recreation of Tamma Tamma and party flavour like 'Aashiq Surrender
Hua'. The overall direction was fair enough by Shashank Khaitan.
My Rating : 4/5
Hindi films about marriages are always fun to watch, if not meaningful. The man who gave us Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in 2014 is back again, this time with some purpose in his romantic comedy drama story.
Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) is a student majoring in English language who has rejected a jobless young man named Badrinath's (Varun Dhawan) marriage proposal. Despite having brought up in a middle-class non-affluent family, Vaidehi is committed to her career, and thus, does not believe in immediate matrimony or all that (read dowry and post-marriage suppression) comes with it. Badri, on the other hand, wants to obsessively make Vaidehi taste some patriarchy, sponsored by his dogmatist father. Both dilly-dally for a while until one of them decides to let go...
Set partly in Rajasthan and Singapore, the story is pretty straightforward. Viadehi is rebellious and does not want to give in to the pressures of society, whereas Badri is a naive person who has never thought about the oppression faced by women after marriage in spite of having an example sitting in his own house. The film starts off by firing shots in an attempt to break stereotypes even before it has introduced these so-called stereotypes. Comparing genders with financial jargon to induce humor, the film basically revolves around few characters who deal with marriages, dowry, societal pressure, women suppression, and self-seeking. While it should be lauded for trying to at least address these relevant issues by using romance as a container, there is no running away from the serious cinematic shortcomings.
The first half is a fun-filled adventure with Badi trying to woo Vaidehi through typical Rajasthan-style tricks. It is the high dosage of melodrama and mindless sequences in the second half which plays with director Shashank Kahitan's broth. Cringe-worthy sequences and drama that some of its actors cannot handle - that is essentially what the film gets wrong. Other than a crash course in air hostess studies, there is nothing substantial one can grasp from it, which climaxes with one of the lead characters turning more responsible and being the poster person for the issues addressed previously. And at the end, there is no hint of development or change in the general mindset. Of course, the male character gets the courage to talk back to and question his parents about the ancient system and astrology that they believe in and unabashedly push down on their daughter-in-law, but there is no detailed furnishing of what happens next. A single montage is used to convey what does not live up to all that promise the film makes in the first half. I'm not even going to talk about the terrible music.
Bhatt is lovely in her character, and her chemistry with Dhawan works yet again. (Special shout out for whoever does her costumes.) She can pull off such "girlfriend" characters effortlessly, and it is she who has 51% stake as the lead character in the film. Dhawan, as usual, crosses the line of overacting, and even takes it a notch or two higher here with his awkward facial expressions. Loved Sahil Vaid as Badri's sidekick, making us wonder whether sidekick actors do more in such films than who they play sidekicks for. Rest of the cast are fine, and portray their characters well. Khaitan directs his cast very well, and is let down only by his lazy writing.
All in all, the film works because of its adequate amounts of humor and romance, with drama filling majority of the cups. Reminiscent of recent Bollywood films like Shaad Ali's "OK Jaanu" and Amit Roy's "Runningshaadi.com", Khaitan's spiritual sequel to the 2014 film is a welcome gesture in this time of aggressive feminism, but still may not go down well with people, mostly because its two lead characters sometimes act like high school pass-outs.
BOTTOM LINE: Shashank Khaitan's "Badrinath Ki Dulhania" is an average romantic drama that hopes to move mountains with its intentions of smashing stereotypes about Indian marriages, but ends up just relocating it. A cool afternoon watch at your nearest theater after you are done throwing colors at each other won't hurt.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES