Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana: Kriti Kharbanda and Rajkumar Rao play small-town lovers to perfection

Imagine a character as a coming together of Rajkumar Rao from Queen, Behen Hogi Teri  and Bareilly Ki Barfi. That is basically who Satyendra Mishra is, with hints of Varun Dhawan from Badrinath Ki Dulhania. There is no originality there. But the finesse of Rao makes Sattu someone you’d fall in love with!

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is a love story gone wrong. It’s about two middle class families from Kanpur who arrange their children, Sattu and Aarti Shukla to get married, who eventually fall in love. But Aarti wants to become a PCS officer and when she learns that her future mother-in-law won’t let her take the job, she runs away on her wedding night without even talking to Sattu once, WITHOUT EVEN TALKING. And then it’s a tumne mere saath galat kia, mein tumhare saath aur galat karunga kinda revenge saga.

As a whole, the movie is a disappointment. But it surprises you in parts. The first half of the film is beautiful. Director Ratna Sinha captures the middle class mindset of these two families perfectly. Sattu ka market mein rate hai, Aarti should be of a poorer house to marry Sattu and so on and so forth. Even the actors, Rao and Kriti Kharbanda give the first part of the film a lot. With Rao having Bareilly Ki Barfi, Newton and Behen Hogi Teri also this year, SMZA is his second weakest outing after BHT. I’m not saying he’s not good. Rao cannot not be good. He nails Sattu but it’s just not a character worth his caliber. But this sure is Kharbanda’s best. She’s a true and possibly the only relegation of the film. The others have either made their mark earlier or have failed and failed again. But this time, Kharbanda doesn’t fail to impress. I just hope that in the future she gets many more films that bring about her talent like this.

I swear I wanted to get our midway through the second half. The bizzare turn that the film takes is not just unbearable but also very annoying. I just couldn’t bear it. Even Rao’s talent and Kharbanda’s happy face can’t save the second half from falling. All through the film there are some dialogues that work and some just don’t. My favourite is, when Aarti says:

Jahaan aap wahin mera Mussurie

It isn’t easy to full off a film based on social issues and specially on feminism and the problem of dowry. For me, the film fails on both levels.

All in all, if you truly want to watch this film, watch it for Rao and Kharbanda.

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