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Yet another “new age” woman who can't be tied down by marriage. Yet another man who wants to convince her otherwise. Yet another time, she is in tears because of a man. Yet another time, the end of the story seems written from the word go. It all seems very repetitive.
Now, even the ways in which the couple is drawn towards each other hold little interest. Ultimately, it is going to be a montage of sweet moments they share. Sure, we can wait for good performances, but we have seen both Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan deliver far more demanding acts compared to a what looks like a run-of-the-mill rom-com.
And even as there is little to hang on to in the trailer, yet another time I am hoping to be proven wrong with all my assumptions.
Bollywood Life – "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
Deccan Chronicle - "1/5"
Firstpost - "chart-buster written all over"
glamsham – "3.5/5"
indian express - "music is just right but we miss the magic that they created in its prequel."
koimoi – "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "Superbly kitschy, pulsating and inventive remix that retains the original voices for fantastic effect, barring Badshah’s annoying rap"
Music Aloud – "2/5"
Times of India - "the album is an interesting melange of songs that pander to different 'music tastebuds'"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Hearts in the right places and good causes and a message in the film can take a film only so far. It still needs solid continuity, logical flow and a decent amount of believability. Because the message of “not accepting dowry” or “no showing a woman her place but having it for her as default” falls flat when adamant chauvinists change their beliefs before you could bat your eye. If only things were so easy, if only.
I assume the makers didn't want us to “keep our brains at home” for this one.
I assume the makers didn't want us to “keep our brains at home” for this one. Some might claim that is an unfair assumption. In that case then, the message and attempt to make an impact is lip-service.
The writing is way too weak for the film to have any impact at all. Scenes linger, and not in a good way. The film takes too long to say what it want to stay. While the main characters have grey streaks, the side characters are too stereotypical. While I didn't find a laugh in some supposedly funny situations - how is rape funny? - it is difficult to appreciate the few laughs you get in the first half because of missing details. The lapse in logic is distracting.
For example, our hero doesn't know the formula for simple interest. But, can the character really be blamed? The writer-director doesn't seem to have their Math together. Who pays the dowries for the two daughters doesn't add up? No one seems to be bothered about the cost of the lavish wedding. These are the exact things that would bother a person who has actually gone through the process of organizing a wedding.
Let's not even get into the mumbo-jumbo that Badrinath's sister-in-law gives as financial advice. It boggles the mind. All that time, energy and effort spent on making a film, and no one could approach the film's accountant to give them a decent two lines? Let alone the fact that she said it all so fast, she might as well have been saying, “MutualFundinvestmentsaresubjecttomarketrisks. PleasereadtheOfferDocumentcarefullybeforeinvesting.”
The other actors do play their parts alright, but the thick accents seem too put-on. It is difficult to believe that Varun Dhawan or Alia Bhatt have grown up with that background. Their performances are not bad at all. However, knowing what they are capable of, his performance came across as too generic and Alia in fact felt a little too shrill.
Sure, the attempt at being progressive is obvious. But Badrinath Ki Dulhania seems to go about it rather lazily – taking the simplest “next steps” without a introspective and/or an exploratory eye at, what real life dowry cases or cases where a woman is held down, look like.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, BADRINATH KI DULHANIA is a beautifully textured love story and an enjoyable entertainer that wins you over and keeps you hooked right till the end. At the Box-Office, it will be a sure-shot success. Do not miss it. - See more at: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movie/badrinath-ki-dulhania/critic-review/#sthash.KcoA8G1B.dpuf... full review
Thumbs up, by Rashma Shetty Bali, Bollywood Life : ...Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan prove that their pair means a bona fide success. Shashank Khaitan gives you a movie that you can relax with family and friends on an extended Holi weekend. Go watch it especially for Varun Dhawan! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...Overall, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a one time watch which has humour, social message, good looking actors and high degrees of emotions. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...Badrinath ki Dulhaniya is a well presented sharp romcom. Don’t miss it . For two reasons - one , its sincere fresh approach will win your heart and second BKD is a big lesson to some of our recent big name flop makers that content will ensure hits not promotion and purchased reviews. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Yugantika Sharma, Desi Martini : ...This film is ofcourse a must watch because you have no reason to reject it. Even the duo between the two leads is far better than their previous films. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Tushar P. Joshi, DNA : ...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. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...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. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Vaishnavi Kulkarni, fullhyd.com : ...Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya is a fun watch for kids and adults alike. It is nice to watch a film that promotes the concept that mere love is never enough, and that it is friendship, mutual respect and support for each other's choices that make for a happy marriage. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...But just like a big fat Indian wedding, there’s a bit of colour, dance, music and loads of drama thrown into Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Take the plunge with Dhawan and Bhatt. Their combined acting skills and comic timing will make it an enjoyable affair. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times : ...Badrinath... is a move in the right direction. It lacks the realism of hard-hitting indie cinema, but still takes a pertinent subject to a wide audience. In Badri’s goofy humour, and in Vaidehi’s courage, one hopes that people will see a bit of themselves. ... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Conclusion: Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a movie which holds the standard set by Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. It is entertaining, it gives out a social message, it has great performances from the two leads and it holds a nice page throughout the duration of the movie. If you liked the first part, you should definitely check out Badrinath Ki Dulhania. It doesn’t try to outdo or copy the original and that is what makes this sequel unique. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Another element that works for the film is its music, which is foot-tapping and fun, be it Tamma Tamma or the title track. All in all, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a fun watch with a noble message... full review
Thumbs up, by Kriti Tulsiani, News18.com : ...Badrinath Ki Dulhania, second film in the franchise, promises to be equally entertaining as the first one. Starring Varun as Badrinath Bansal and Alia as Vaidehi Trivedi, the trailer looks like it's a modern yet desi take on weddings. Whether it'll be any different from the previous one - remains to be seen. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...By rendering her character as a picture of refined grace and magnanimity, Alia makes Varun’s turnaround seem emotional not enforced. She is Badrinath’s greatest asset and ability. Both the film and its leading man have the good sense to recognise that. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raghav Jaitly, ZEENEWS.COM : ...'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' turns out to be a complete entertainer. Keeping in mind the Holi spirit and festivities, the movie not only brings smiles on your faces but also forces you to question meaningless traditions and other social evils. In the flick, Varun Dhawan shines as an innocent lover while Alia makes an impact with her firm attitude. The film also carries the fragrance of Indian small towns in its heart. ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The dialogues lend spice and the supporting cast is winningly incorporated while the music has enough pep to keep you humming. The smarmy lessons in love and the contrived messaging though, leaves a lot to be desired.... full review
So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...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. ... full review
So-So, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...But Dhawan and Bhatt are there to save the day, clearly enjoying their parts. Varun is in fine form as a zealous manchild with a big heart and not much brain who struggles to strike a balance between familial loyalty and love. Bhatt shines as the mature woman who dreams big and won't settle for less. She especially stands out in the brief moment of silences and teary-eyed looks that convey Vaidehi's inner conflict and regret.... full review
So-So, by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today : ...If you're just looking to have a good laugh and enjoy small-town humour, Badrinath Ki Dulhania will not disappoint. But if you're looking for food for thought, the film might just not live up to your expectations.... full review
So-So, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...The first half has the tang of real life; the second, the sterile good cheer of a film that’s literally on foreign ground. Frankfinn is promoted throughout the film, though the ending is sponsored by Good Intentions. Uday Bhatia ... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...The film, however, does much to extend the marketing goals of Singapore Tourism, even throwing in a montage, which includes the sights and attractions of the Lion City. Come to think of it, this one is much like the amusement park plugged in the film — a candyfloss story that goes round like a Ferris wheel, knocks about like bumping cars before plunging like a rollercoaster to dash into a predictable end. A fun ride, nonetheless. ... full review
So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...One evening, when Badri unexpectedly pops up to join him, there is already another glass up there, waiting to be poured into. This certainly feels like an obvious continuity error, and probably is one, but maybe, just maybe, there's another way to look at it. Maybe the elder brother had been waiting for a bit of company. ... full review
So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Like Badrinath’s not-quite-stalking, Khaitan gets away with his not-really-condescending depiction of small-town India as a small-minded place by writing strong and nicely timed scenes. ... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...But did such a wonderful message have to be incorporated with chauvinistic clichés like stalking and sexist dialogue? Several films, in their bid to please a varied audience, give muddled insights, but this one is the queen of the mixed message movie. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Like Som, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is not what it appears to be. It is sad to see an acclaimed, seemingly thinking actress like Alia Bhatt lend herself to the games this film plays. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya is undeniably fun. Only, it doesn’t want you to leave your brains at home. It wants you to think about the things it’s doing. That’s the trouble.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In short, BADRINATH KI DULHANIA offers nothing new and can only be seen if you don’t mind watching the same stuff again and again served in a marginally entertaining way (with a better first half) largely depending upon the charm and fan following of its young stars. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...Sure, this obvious analogy has been done to death. But you can so imagine the podgy, carefree Govinda as the rich man's loser son, winging a picture like this back in the ‘90s. In the '90s, of course, one could get away with all kinds of stuff. Maybe, even now you can. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Badrinath Ki Dulhania Movie Review: 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 ... full review
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Winkerbell_: Badrinath ki Dulhania is a movie about feminism which sounds ironic but the plot is good.
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ThatMovieBoy: I can watch 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' one more time. Quite entertaining.
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Nadine_Himmer: Badrinath Ki Dulhania 7/10
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mainbhiengineer: Badrinath ki dulhania is sweet film with desi humor, it's not a very well written film on feminism but it talks about it, that's nice. Watch
king_sadashiva: Badrinath Ki Dulhania is Perfect family entertainer with Much needed message. Varun Dhawan is Excellent. Alia is
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item_boyy: Loved Badrinath Ki Dulhania ... Perfect family entertainer ..SUPER HIT
iShaharyar_MD: Badrinath Ki Dulhania is an absolute delight to watch.
irzakhaan: Last night watched "Badrinath ki dulhania"...if you are looking for some entertainment and comedy than it's for you
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hrnurtweets: Watched Badrinath Ki Dulhania today! This one's a must watch! A rom com with a social message! Loved it! #BadrinathKiDulhania
hmake1998: Badrinath ki dulhania! Awesome movie with great acting of Varun Dhawan.
GreekMedusaa: So i watched badrinath ki dulhania. Great acting. Predictable storyline. I'm more determined now to run on my wedding day.
giveawayzulx: Probably for the very first time, Alia Bhatt got completely overshadowed in a movie. Loved Badrinath ki Dulhania.
giveawaytugz: Watched#Badrinath ki dulhania#movie yesterday.Good film.every girl must watch this film.
FaizanQurashi: Badrinath ki dulhania was amazing. 5/5 would recommend. You were amazing bro @Varun_dvn and u too @aliaa08 :)
devdhawan365: Badrinath ki dulhania was amazing
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clarissaSM: Badrinath ki dulhania was such a freaking hilarious movie but also had scenes so fking relatable that it punch my heart out
catherine_likes: We watched Badrinath Ki Dulhania yesterday. ''Twas fun ☺
BigFan048: Watched Badrinath Ki Dulhania! Wonderfullll Film
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AnushaArif: Badrinath ki dulhania is such a cute movie!
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anchita_dhawan: Damn BADRINATH KI DULHANIA WAS FAB!! Enjoyed it next level!
amolbhosale0011: I saw Karan Johar film Badrinath ki Dulhania. Acting of Alia and Varun is very nice. Direction was good. Music is also excellent.
3466rajashahroz: I watched Badrinath Ki Dulhania it's An superb Romantic Movie I love it So.. Much.. @aliaa08 @Varun_dvn
1_Drop_of_rain: Loved badrinath ki dulhania.... varun is adorable
StacyDiaconis: Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Part fun, part dull
rafurunuluv: Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Part fun, part dull
gauthamFlirts: badrinath ki dulhania loses its tempo in 2nd half
SeemaFaraz: Saw 3 movies this week: my ratings, Ae dil hai mushkil : 8/10 Badrinath ki dulhania: 1/10 Ok Janu : 7.5/10 #Bollywood
MEERAHANDICRAFT: badrinath ki dulhania bakwaas movie of the year
Ktens: Badrinath ki dulhania is such a tiresome bore.
jasilasyed: Badrinath Ki Dulhania is so annoying that it shows us how to ditch our family and follow your heart for so called "love". Ki bakwas la
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