Capsule Review: Behen Hogi Teri
Rajkummar Rao plays a man without a plan in Behen Hogi Teri as he is unable to declare his love to his childhood sweetheart because of the harsh rule imposed by the elders of his neighborhood. The primary theme of the film surrounds this rule of how every guy in the locality is pressurized to see every unmarried girl as a sister. If the guy refuses, he is forcibly tied a rakhi by the girl (not so unwillingly) who he is refusing to follow the rule for. Rao's character is lucky in that sense because the girl he is courting (played by an over-zealous Shruti Haasan) has shown feelings for him. Director Ajay Pannalal drives the story like a romantic comedy but the end product is projected like a drama that goes haywire in the middle. A palpable introduction is followed by a mess, characterized by unnecessary additions of players (Gulshan Grover and Ranjeet) and crescendoed by a predictable climax. Rao's character also loses track of himself and is pushed to the kerb by these unnecessary characters. Behen Hogi Teri is, therefore, an average combination of all romantic comedies we have seen in Bollywood in the last few months with the only exception of a decent loverboy and an allegoric message. TN.