Tanu Weds Manu Returns

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)

quick review:

The music will not leave your head in a hurry, and the performances will wow you. But Tanu Weds Manu Returns isn't likely to remain with you as film, because of its rather ludicrous plot. Add to that the issues regarding gender and sexism that every film by Aanand L Rai tends to contain, and what you're left with is a film that could have been, but isn't.

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Director: Aanand L Rai
Running time: 121 minutes
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I hadn't liked Tanu Weds Manu and I didn't like the title of the next in line Tanu Weds Manu Returns. What kind of a name is that? “Tanu Weds Manu” is not Superman to return. It is not even a noun to which a verb can be attached. But one look at the trailer and the surprise is as pleasant as it can be.

Kangna Ranaut just bowls you over. It is like she is playing a double role. Though just the one would have been enough to make you want to see the entire character. The character reminds me a lot of Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) from Hasee Toh Phasee. Most certainly, R Madhavan is over-shadowed.

The concept too is interesting though I won't say it is a completely convincing one. They are looking at a marriage that is around the half-way mark to the infamous seven-year itch - probably at the point where ennui starts setting in. For some reason, despite the half-intriguing premise, the film seems to have gotten something right.

Also, it helps that though there were two films by this director that didn't quite hit the mark, he also made Raanjhana which more than makes up for the earlier two. Here's hoping that Tanu Weds Manu Returns will be more like the latest rather than the other two.

Music Reviews:
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
Milliblog – A 200 hundred worder with "Krsna offers a fitting follow-up, in terms of tone and variety, to his 2011 original score."
Music Aloud – "8/10"

This review is by guest reviewer Pradeep Menon. Pradeep is a filmmaker and a dreamer. He loves books, rain, winters, tea and his parents. Cinema, however, is the only truth he believes in. He breathes and bleeds film, mostly in hues of saffron, white, green and blue. You can watch his short films at www.youtube.com/cyberpradeep.

Let's talk about Kangana Ranaut later.

First, let's talk about writer-director Aanand L Rai. With his last two films - Raanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu - Rai has shown that he can bring out the flavour and texture of the Hindi heartland in particular and North India in general spot on. Yet, both those films also brought out India's inherent sexism (bordering on misogyny) in a manner rarely seen before. But here's the thing - it is a bit of a task, attempting to figure out if he is actually attempting satire, or if he is revelling in this sexism, making it enjoyable for the casual movie-going public.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a film that keeps you interested at all times. It is beautifully acted, funny for the most, and it has a few moments that make you truly celebrate the fact that women can be as liberated, courageous and stunningly larger-than-life as men in popular Hindi cinema are. It also has Rai's trademark of capturing milieu like few others. But look a little deeper and you may find yourself wondering if Rai is actually being progressive, or whether he is merely using stereotypes to his advantage, to make a film that appeals to the masses.

Right off the bat, Tanu Weds Manu Returns starts off exactly where the first film left us. Then, cut to four years later, we see that the couple is, expectedly, facing some serious marital problems; so much so that they're on the cusp of divorce. With the marriage in a state of despair, Manu finds himself faced with an unexpected development - another woman in his life, one who looks exactly like Tanu.

With its brisk pace, rat-a-tat dialogue, catchy music and truly noteworthy performances, it is quite easy to be charmed by the film. There's always something happening, and there's always a line to laugh at.

However, it is also an exceedingly convoluted film. Manu's idea of love, in particular, is so frustrating that one wonders if such a man would ever be happy in life. He seems to fall in and out of love-at-first-sight with impossible ease. Basically, he is a spineless twit who can't seem to think straight unless someone whacks him on the head with a sledgehammer.

Then, there's Tanu. Yes, she is a breath of fresh air as a female lead character in our cinema. You wouldn't want to mess with her even on your best day. On a bad day, well, God help you. As a human being, she is beautifully flawed. A real life Tanu would be an inspiration. But as a cinematic character, she is too one-note to tolerate for too long. Over the course of two films, Tanu has shown no graph, no growth, no sense of learning with age. She may be outrageously funny, but after a point, it becomes hard to take her seriously.

The new player in the game, Tanu's lookalike, a Haryanvi girl named Datto, is easily the best thing about the film. And here's where Kangana Ranaut's range as an actor truly comes to the fore. At the script level the two characters are like chalk and cheese anyway. At the performance level, Ranaut manages to infuse such varied personalities into both characters that it is hard to imagine the same person has played both roles. She has more than a couple of clap-trap scenes in the film, the credit for which must go to her as much as to Aanand L Rai.

However, as much fun as the film can be, it is also an equally baffling film. There are at least two pointless subplots that add no value to it, all while you're expecting some sort of jaw-dropping payoff that never arrives. The main plot itself is, at best, asinine.

Eventually, the film is held together pretty much by the performances across the board, mostly by the supporting characters. Jimmy Sheirgill and Deepak Dobriyal reprise their roles from the earlier film, and they are pitch-perfect in their performances. New entrant Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, who also featured in Raanjhana as Dhanush's best friend, is outstanding as the crazed-lawyer-turned-lovestruck-maniac. R Madhavan has an affable presence, but there are just too many fine actors around him for him to truly make an impact. Obviously, prime among them is Kangana Ranaut.

Despite being let down by the writing of her character, it is Ranaut's spunk and spontaneity that carry you through to the end of the film. This film is no Queen, but it will be no surprise at all if she's what stays with you the longest, after watching the film.

Aanand L Rai clearly is one of the more talented directors in Hindi cinema. But now, more than ever, it seems likes he makes films for an audience that likes the kind of humour that propagates the very gender inequalities and stereotypes that the contemporary (but mostly urban) Indian citizen abhors. Tanu Weds Manu Returns - its rather senseless name notwithstanding - can be a fun film to watch and laugh with. But if you're really looking to take something away from it, then all you're going to be left with is Kangana Ranaut's swagger.

This review is by guest reviewer Pradeep Menon. Pradeep is a filmmaker and a dreamer. He loves books, rain, winters, tea and his parents. Cinema, however, is the only truth he believes in. He breathes and bleeds film, mostly in hues of saffron, white, green and blue. You can watch his short films at www.youtube.com/cyberpradeep.

34 reviewers(?) - 28 yays 6 so-so 0 nays

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Thumbs up, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' is a testimony to director Aanand L Rai’s understanding of the small town India. Only a man who has lived among these people could envision kids scooping up ice creams with bare hands or neighbours constantly poking their nose into each other’s affairs. The film is better than the 2011 original. It’s funny and it tugs at your heart gently. Strongly Recommended.... full review

Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In all if you loved watching TANU WEDS MANU, then chances are that you would love TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS even more. But in case you find the emotional factor missing in this worth watching sequel, then also it will not disappoint you at all with enough in store fulfilling the basic needs of a viewer, of getting thoroughly entertained. So do opt for it at the earliest and have a great time.... full review

Thumbs up, by Prathna Tiwari, Bolly Spice : ...Music by Krsna Solo & Tanishk-Vayu is as wacky and brilliant as the rest of the movie. Sunidhi Chauhan’s Move On is the highlight of the album which is so brilliantly brought to life onscreen.... full review

Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/547997... full review

Thumbs up, by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Bollywood Life : ...Tanu has returned with Manu this Friday and this time, everyone is making sure you don’t leave the theatre without a big smile on your face. Hoots and claps are the order of the day! Catch up with Tanu once more or you will miss all the fun this weekend!... full review

Thumbs up, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The film works in spite of all its shortcomings because of Kangana Ranaut who plays both Tanu and Kusum with intelligence and confidence. Actors like Rajesh Sharma as Kusum’s progressive brother Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub, Swara Bhaskar (as Tanu’s friend) and Deepak Dobriyal use their combined talents to prop up the film. The witty dialogue (Himanshu Sharma) and peppy music do the rest.... full review

Thumbs up, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...All actresses in the top echelons of box office — Priyanka, Deepika, Anushka, Katrina… — and the ones who call themselves actresses, like Vidya, should just accept and acknowledge that Kangana Ranaut is by far the best actress today in Bollywood.... full review

Thumbs up, by Divay Agarwal, Desi Martini : ... Brilliantly written and performed, it just might be the funniest rom-com of the year!... full review

Thumbs up, by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Kangana's in top form and so is the director... full review

Thumbs up, by Parampara Patil Hashmi, Desi Martini : ... Go watch it for Kangana's performance!... full review

Thumbs up, by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...Despite all its flaws, watch it for the one-woman-show of Kangana Ranaut.... full review

Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...TWMR entertains you; it makes you happy, sad and euphoric all at once. It’s an intricately designed film and it’s well crafted. Easily one of the year’s best. Another fine feather in Kangana Ranaut’s flourishing hat.... full review

Thumbs up, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...Despite the relatively flimsy story (when compared to that of the first installment), Tanu Weds Manu Returns is not a movie you watch for logic, but for Kangna Ranaut. It is commendable how she carries off both roles. In fact, you are likely to forget who she is when you watch Datto doing her stuff. This is one film that you must definitely catch this weekend - it has plenty of laughter, love and audacity, and, again, Kangna Ranaut in a double role.... full review

Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...So are there any flaws. Of course, but this is one film where overall brilliance overshadows these flaws. ... full review

Thumbs up, Hindustan Times : ... If look down upon Bollywood, still watch it to see how entertaining the industry can be. Funny as hell! We’d say this is a must watch.... full review

Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...R Madhavan nicely underplays once again as Manu, and the feisty Swara Bhaskar returns as Tanu’s best friend, who’s hiding a secret. Even bit players get a moment or two to shine, and despite the occasionally preachy diversions that the script takes, I have to confess I thoroughly enjoyed the film. This is that rare movie that doesn't derail despite its speed-bumps because you’re invested in its characters and happy to make the journey with them.... full review

Thumbs up, Indicine : ... Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a fitting sequel to a highly liked original film. And in more respects than one, it out does the original without compromising on upping the entertainment quotient. What makes Tanu Weds Manu Returns so good, is the immense entertainment it offers throughout its running time regardless of the minor glitches. All the departments work well in tandem to deliver a deft piece of commercial cinema. If you decide to watch Tanu Weds Manu Returns, you will leave the cinema with a smile.... full review

Thumbs up, by Manjusha Patil, koimoi : ...This is a real Desi rom com with a slightly quirky touch. It will leave a big smile on your face as you leave the theatre. Go, enjoy!... full review

Thumbs up, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...The Kusum/Tanu gambit may be far-fetched but it does allow Ranaut to demonstrate what a confident actress she’s become. Her Kusum could have been a purely comic creation, but Ranaut doesn’t push the accent more than she has to, relying instead on the straight-talking sweetness of the character to shine through. And as Tanu, she starts off brittle and mean and ends up in full Meena Kumari mode, walking drunk through the streets at night with Ja Ja Ja Ja Bewafa (from the 1954 film Aar Paar) playing on the soundtrack. She’s the reason audiences will flock to see Tanu Weds Manu Returns. She’s also the main reason the film is—even at its silliest—very watchable. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The music of the film is another feather in its cap. The songs of the film are simply delightful and don't be surprised if you feel the urge to get off your seat and do a 'thumka' at seeing Datto dance to 'Banno Tera Swagger'. All in all, Tanu Weds Manu Returns is easily one of the best films to come out this year…Don't miss it!!... full review

Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well the movie is an enjoyable experience, especially due to its fun filled first half followed by ace performances by Kangana Ranaut (as Datto) and Deepak Dobriyal along with fantastic dialogues. There's no doubt that the movie is made to cash in over the star value of Kangana Ranaut and the past glory of 'Tanu Weds Manu' as the basic soul of the film was missing due to which its lead characters fail to get established and justified. Also, the last part of the film is a let down due to its confused screenplay and predictable melodramatic ending. On an overall basis, 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' is a must watch for Kagana Ranaut and 'Tanu Weds Manu' fans as its like revisiting an old marriage video which starts with super fun, excitement, enjoyable moments along with nostalgia, dragging to routine stuffs towards the end... full review

Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...These little quibbles apart, Tanu Weds Manu Returns is as entertaining and engaging a film as any that Bollywood has delivered this year. Do not miss it.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Tanu Weds Manu Returns is not merely superior to its predecessor but the flamboyance and fun it provides is an implication we're not quite done with this mad duo and their quirky universe yet... full review

Thumbs up, Sify Movies : ...Kangana's performance unarguably ups the viewing quotient of the film. So watch this film for her and Himanshu Sharma's razor-sharp dialogues.... full review

Thumbs up, by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster : ...The film is heart warming and a whole some entertainer which you can see with your entire family. ... full review

Thumbs up, by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu : ...Every dialogue is dipped in the treacle of delicious North Indian dialects and the lovely nuances of the region will stay with you long after the credits roll. But their biggest victory lie in the fact that the coincidences that threaten to spoil the party and the leaps of faith that feel like heading for a dead end don’t go beyond the realm of intrinsic logic... full review

Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Aanand L. Rai merits applause for his masterful direction of Himanshu Sharma's rich, riotous story. Evoking a new-age Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Rai keeps things tight, light, yet layered - and handles two leading ladies, one of whom deserves an extra half-star. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Sometimes, you really need a part two to fall in love.... full review

So-So, by anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...What does it say about this male-dominated industry that Madhavan’s name precedes Ranaut’s in the opening credits although she was the USP of TWM, she is clearly the bigger star in Bollywood, and she is the name on the strength of which TWM Returns was marketed?... full review

So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...A romance that struggles to measure up to its heroine’s performance... full review

So-So, by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini : ...A carnival of dialects, it has wry humour and plenty of 'desi tadka', but somehow fails to get it all together towards the end!... full review

So-So, by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini : ...Shaadi Kuch Theek Se Jammi Nahi... full review

So-So, by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost : ...And yet, for all the magic that is Ranaut, Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a blathering mess. It's as lazy as most of bad Bollywood. Resting upon Ranaut's talent and appeal, Rai and Sharma figure they need nothing more than picturise a few catchy songs. Why bother with a story that actually makes sense? There's no need. Keep it stupid, put in a few pro-woman slogans because that's what sells these days, and let Ranaut's popularity do the rest.... full review

So-So, Upper Stall : ...All in all, the film has its obvious sporadic crowd-pleasing moments and some good performances to boot, but ultimately fails to add up to a satisfactory whole.... full review

128 tweeters(?) - 116 yays 7 so-so 5 nays

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Ashith84: What a ride Tanu weds Manu Returns is! A total laugh riot. Kangana is bloody brilliant. The best sequel movie made in Hindi cinema..Period!

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Aryan_Agarwal14: Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a masterpiece everyone should watch anytime they have a chance to

arunkumar_g: Tanu weds manu returns...awesome movie..."Queen kangana" rockzzz.....amazing acting...just awesome..

archakchhabra: What a brilliant movie tanu weds manu returns, Deepak dobriyal is flawless , madhavan is superb and kangana is... https://www.facebook.com/archak/posts/10205819202653788

anirudhpatil: Piku, Tanu weds manu returns and mad max. Whatay awesome movie marathon with @shashishekhar

aniketjazz: Tanu weds Manu Returns, hit hai hit...

amolinnovates: Tanu Weds Manu Returns ! Fantastic Movie

akash24yadav: Superb terrific #tanu weds manu returns

ajinkya4793: So many great Bollywood movies are releasing this year, first Piku now Tanu Weds Manu Returns.

AjayLomash: Loved Tanu Weds Manu Returns Amazing Movie.! The Audacious, Jocose Datto Stole The Show.! Kangna At Her Best.! Deepak Dobriyal Nailed it.!

Aircel: Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan are back with their latest movie together! Tanu Weds Manu Returns! http://twitter.com/Aircel/status/602119322337615872/photo/1

abhi_pn: Watched Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Super awesome movie. Perhaps the best hindi movi in last few yrs. Excellent work from @ActorMadhavan Kangana

AbhiNandwani: Tanu Weds Manu returns is fantabulous. Well done! Kangna was fab once again.

AAayush9: Tanu weds Manu Returns with a big bang... Awsm movie... Must watch... Sweet n cute movie...

3PegsDown: Tanu weds manu returns. One of the best movies in recent times. Do watch it for there are very few movies that give you a good laughter.

2829palak: watched Tanu weds Manu returns.. u cant miss it. Kangana at her best again with 'tanu' and 'kusum' ..

_alps: Just watched 'Tanu weds Manu returns'. Tanu, Manu were idiots, silly storyline, however, witty, fun dialogs. Most of movie was laugh riot.

madhukishwar: Just saw Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Great acting by Kangana Ranaut but the film is totally whacky; a senseless product of crazed imagination

jemin_p: Decent Movie - Tanu Weds Manu-returns, purely on acting wisen esp of Kangana, nothing more

Gandibacchii: Tanu weds Manu returns was just okay okay

DeathOfComedy: Tanu weds Manu returns is plenty of fun! The last 30 mins damn near gave me a headache, though!

cadence99: Tanu Weds Manu Returns is fun though totally forgettable. Kangana can elevate so many things just with her performance. Kangana is SUPERB!!

Bardgonewrong: Tanu weds Manu returns has quite a few flaws but @kangna_ranaut is beyond excellent

tweetw_ala: Disappointed with Tanu Weds Manu Returns.. Very ordinary story & too much emotional atyachaar.. Predictable stuff..

swathisridharan: Tanu weds manu returns and its infuriating plot twist - whats the point of making the audience feel sorry for the only likable character?

PG1O1: Most #unfair and #unethical ending.. Tanu weds manu returns.. #fail

chemingineer: 0.5/5 for Tanu Weds Manu Returns.

BeingMinchu: When this bollywood can go mad about some crap like Tanu weds Manu returns... No wonder they went full retard during Salman Khan case!

5 readers - 5 yays 0 so-so 0 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by TimELiebe : More like a "So-So" than "No" - But Still Unsure We'll Like This

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anuj

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Fan

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Raj : Kangana as Kusum steals the show - An ACE

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sanjay : DDLJ goes down to " Tanu Weds Manu Returns" - Both in Revenues and in Popularity

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Aggressive behaviour, but no violence as such.
  • Language: Fairly clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None.
  • Concept: Tanu & Manu have marital problems, leading to some truly strange situations.
  • General Look and Feel: The film feels authentic in its hardcore North Indian setting.

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Fan

I had not yet seen TWM. Given that a sequel is lined up, I thought about giving it a dekko just to see why and what would a sequel have.

I admit I didn't enjoy TWM. It is a horrible film - no positives (except probably Jimmy Shergill).

And totally agree with "Returns" suffix in the title. Seems like for whatever quirky reason TWM made money for the producers, and they are hoping to milk it to the maximum and don't care about finer aspects of giving a relevant name or packaging it correctly.

Fan

*** And totally agree with @Meetu's remark about the "Returns" suffix in the title ***

It was pretty lame, wasn't it, @Fan? I figured that it was some kind of indie masala, since its biggest name as far as I could see was Jimmy Sheirgill (known to us American fans as "that kid in the MUNNABHAI movies"!), so seeing it coming out under Eros's banner is a bit strange - kind of like finding out some movie done by college kids was released in theaters by Warner Brothers!

@Meetu - after the last one? I'm really waiting to see if you like this movie before I even consider watching it.

Anuj

365 days later, film lovers in this nation continue to rave and adore Kangana Ranaut. Nothing's changed in the last 1 year apart from the title of the movie. If you thought QUEEN is the best she could get, in TWMR she is unbelievable. The QUEEN is back with a SWAGGER which indeed very very sexy! A sureshot HIT. Hats off #KanganaRanaut

Fan

@TimELiebe: I like your analogy of college kids releasing something under Warner Bros banner :-) Jimmy i thought was heavily influenced by Sanjay Dutt.

BTW: the TMW returns seems to have got extremely positive reviews from Indian media on Day 1 of release. So seems to be an improvement on the first part. Haven't seen it myself though.

Anuj

I guess Meeta did not get tickets to watch this film :P

Fan

Good review. Having seen the original this review speaks. Characterisations are spot on. The ludicrous plot is spot on. And unlike most of the reviews doing the rounds yesterday this one seems honest as it does not go overboard in praising the film. And at the same time the review makes it clear about who are likely to enjoy the film and who will tend to be disappointed.

Good review.

Anuj

Here is my review for this film :

http://thesimplemoviereviewer.blogspot.in/

Anuj

Initially i was shocked to see this movie being given the same rating as BV. Before i saw that this is a different reviewer.

Fan

Yes, I too noticed the catch on dvd for sure rating the first time. And I made a link to BV. And then I read the review and saw that the review is balanced.

BTW the supposedly neutral "catch on dvd for sure " has been given to many critically and commercially successful films.

Anuj

"catch on dvd for sure" is an apt rating for TWNR. My rating for this movie is 3/5. If not for Kangana's supreme flair as Kusum, this would have been a silly damp squib. Kangana alone is worth 2 out of those 3 points. As for BV, the wogma rating imo should be "switch channels if on cable"

Raj

Unlike Bombay Velvet which excelled in technical department and yet failed as a movie, TWMR though with countless technical flaws excels as a movie experience.

Fan

First things first, I was not planning to watch this one. But the enormous amount of positive reviews made me change my mind and I watched it. And yes, it is an entertaining film.

The film is illogical from the word go, and that is classical Bollywood for you. There is no story and there are absolutely no twists that you could not have predicted upfront. Even the interval high-moment of showing the photo of the to-be-groom was highly anticipated. So no particular marks for story.

The Tanu and Manu roles are as boring and annoying as in part one. No surprises, full continuity maintained from part one. What makes the film sort out is the character of Datto, well portrayed by a buck-toothed tom-boy haircut avatar of Kangana armed with a Haryanvi dialect and accent. She (Datto) carries the film on her shoulders. Having said that, Datto had a single expression face almost throughout the film - there were hardly any changes to her expressions. Only glimpse of emotions were through the voice modulations - that showed us what Datto is going through in each situation. Although I did get this feeling that the lip sync was not pefect - raising doubts of somebody other than Kangana doing the dubbing for Datto.

I found the supporting cast in superlative form, and the majority of the laugh out loud moments were in scenes and dialogs from the supporting cast. Their roles are well written, and of course well performed.

Word of advice: knowing part one (rather seeing part one) is important before seeing this film, just to understand the history behind Raja Awasthi episode. I am sure that had I not seen the part one then most of the movie's context would have got last.

Lastly coming to the stupendous success that the film is facing. It is a good film, and was destined to be a success (read make money for the producers). I believe that the drought of good films, or big budget films, is helping a lot the collections of this film. It has been some time now that people have visited theatres, and a clean product is lapped up. I am not so sure that had this movie been released amongst the peak period of big budget releases that it would have performed so well (it would not have flopped but would have been a moderate success).

Sanjay

Brilliant acting from Kangana. This movie might be bigger than DDLJ ( both in revenues and in popularity). There are very few movies whose characters stick in your mind for so long - Kusum is surely one of the characters. Jimmy shergill evokes all the mannerisms from a dabang guy from UP. It's was pure fun to watch such a movie. I am sure the box office collections will be more than 100 crores ...

@Anuj he he he. I was out on a vacation and Pradeep was kind enough to fill in. :D

Anuj

@Sanjay: Man, have u totally lost it? DDLJ goes down to TWMR in revenue and popularity?? DDLJ is a cult classic of magnamopous proportions, a movie that elevated SRK and Kajol to instant superstardom. Netting 60 cr in 1995 it would rank among the top 5 biggest blockbuster in the history of Indian cinema. The adjusted nett collection of DDLJ for 2015 would be INR 500 cr+. TWMR would not even be among the top 5 grossers of 2015, let alone all time. Agreed TWMR is a huge moneyspinner if u consider the investments but c'mon, DDLJ?? Its like saying that Don-2 made more money than Amitabh's Don in 1978 and hence Don-2 is a more popular revenue generator! LOL

Suman Chakraborty

Direction: 3
Story: 3
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 3

Dialogues: 3.5
Screenplay: 3
Music Director: 1
Lyrics: 0.5

@Fan - yeah, I'd wondered if Jimmy Shergill wasn't riffing on Sanjay Dutt with his comic "goon" character. He does a good job at it, though he lacks that hangdog charisma that Dutt has - my wife Tammy calls him that "Big Ole Teddy Bear".

@Pradep - sounds like you liked this movie more than we liked the first one (my comments on that are somewhere on this site). I hadn't realized this director had a rep for doing things with female characters that are either satiric or misogynistic, depending on how you're looking at it. Tanu really put us off, and Manu seemed like something of a drip - and boy, were the songs unmemorable!

Maybe we'll see if it crops up on ErosNow some Sunday night....

Anuj

@MEETA : "I just don't think she can carry long dialogues." ~ This is what you had said about Kangana in 2011 while reviewing Tanu Weds Manu. I'm sure you're eating your words after watching her DATTO avatar in the sequel. Kangana's natural talent coupled with her everlasting desire to keep improving as an actress has no doubt made her Hindi cinema's best actress in over a decade now. She's miles ahead of every single contemporary right now, who're still trying to get out of their barbie doll image!

@Anuj I will say that again if I ever watched Tanu Weds Manu again (though not sure, why I'd do that). And I am in love with her since Queen for sure. Even in Tanu Weds Manu, Tanu's character wouldn't have been able to carry the long lines that Datto does. And that is how she has grown. Just amazing!

"Eating my words" would be if I regretted saying that I love her work now, and I absolutely don't mind saying that over and over again.

Ehinome Okojie

Congrats to team TWMR, but i guess this collections are just to spite Fox and Kashyap,
Katti Batti and I Love New Year will struggle.
Yeah Kangana is getting more refined and tastier like old wine, R.Madhavan one the 3 idiots, tell you what TWMRis a breakthrough film, the biggest hit since 3 Idiots, only Aashiqui 2 has been close. Not overhyped Dabangg, CE, and PK.

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