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Confused lovers in films bore me. I can’t empathise with them any longer. Despite that, the performances took me through, they are that good.Read more
Interestingly, the biggest draw isn’t that Manmarziyaan is an Anurag Kashyap film. It is the actors, the music and even the promise of a “different” love story, even if it is only slightly so. At least, the trailer doesn’t feel like the film has the Kashyap edginess to it. If it is true, while we may miss that bit, it will be refreshing to see something different from the director.
That aside, I look forward to film by all three lead actors – the slowly becoming reliable despite being predictable, Tapsee Pannu, a seemingly worthy comeback by Abhishek Bachchan and the new strong actor on the block, Vicky Kaushal. Even in the worst of films, this combination is intriguing and promising. Of course, the story has the typical love triangle feel to it where both the contenders seem equally worthy. This might as well be the downer. But, you never know. With this combination of cast, director, music director, even the lamest premises could be intense and entertaining.
Manmarziyaan releases on 14 September, 2018.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Disclaimer: I watched Manmarziyaan immediately after I watched Love Sonia and I was shaken up. It took me a while to settle into Manmarziyaan.
For each one of the main characters, I found myself gasping, “What did you think would happen? Huh?” Only to be reminded that I know a person like that in real life.
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A grown-up guy is in love, and he wants to own her – the filmy-crazy type. An even more grown-up guy is in love with the same girl, and he wants her to be his but he is the “if you love someone, set them free” types. The girl loves one, then the other, then both, then one. It is as simple or as complicated as confused love can be. Masked as modern-day love because you know tinder and facebook, and of course the girl is liberated about her sexual desires, Manmarziyaan is as restricted in its approach towards a girl’s emotional dependence on “marriage” as almost any other film in the genre. However, the takeaway are the performances,
All three lead actors are brilliant. Some more than the others. Vicky Kaushal's avatar as the immature, irresponsible Punjabi DJ is such a contrast from his other innocent, gullible characters that he has your jaw dropped in awe at the contrast. That is when you remember he is Vicky Kaushal. For the most part, he is RJ Vicky Sandhu. Tapsee Pannu plays the confused but crackling character to perfection. It is refreshing to see Abhishek Bachchan back in a worthwhile role. He hasn’t lost his way with emoting using just a shift in his eyes. However, it is difficult to say whether it is the subdued character he plays or his diffidence showing in some scenes. The other characters add to the milieu of Amritsar, though no one stands out.
Other than the performances there are some sparkling situations, dialogue, lyrics, and music. However, the quirkiness added with twins showing up randomly in different places seems too forced. Thankfully, the characters are as real as they are annoying. At some point or the other in the film, for each one of the main characters, I found myself gasping, “What did you think would happen? Huh?” Only to be reminded that I know a person like that in real life. You might disagree with their choices, but given their personalities, they are consistent. Mostly. One of them has a couple of out-of-character reactions that change the course of the story.
That unexplained behaviour makes the story weaker with the already weak premise of a love triangle. My indifference to confused characters whose only job description seems to be in love doesn’t help. I won’t call the intensity of their love unreal because it takes all kinds to make this world, but the ferocious passion is repeated often enough in our cinema to lead me to ennui.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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