‘Manmarziyaan’ review: Abhishek Bachchan delivers more than what is expected of him

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal

Rating: ****

Anurag Kashyap is in his true element with this love story that is filled with raw passion, madness and then some good old Kashyap style quirkiness. Kashyap’s lead pair, chirpy, spirited Rumi (Taapsee Pannu) and cool dude Vicky Sandhu aka DJ Sandz (Vicky Kaushal) are not the regular love birds. They proudly carry the passion that they feel for each other on their sleeves and even at the risk of bad reputation in the mohalla in Amritsar that they live in, they continue meeting behind locked doors. Their chemistry is undeniable and it seems like the two would want to spend their life together, till Rumi demands commitment and Vicky is not yet sure if he wants to give one. In walks Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan), a smart banker from London and a near perfect arranged match for Rumi. Even though Robbie knows about the blow hot blow cold relationship between Rumi and Vicky, he’s not willing to let go too easily.

The basic premise of the story reminds you of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, but this one takes its own unique route, thus making it very different from the Bhansali film, the credit for this goes to the director and the writer. (Screenplay and dialogues written by Kanika Dhillon)

Kashyap’s narrative moves at a fast paced, exciting pace even as Rumi shuttles between hope and despair till her wedding night. Kashyap’s characters are fascinating. His women have always been strong willed and independent and his Rumi is no different. Rumi initiates her clandestine meetings with the love of her life, she demands that he give her his word, even if he doesn’t want to get married and she has too much self pride to break down in front of her new husband or anybody else. She is selfish enough to chase happiness even when things seem bleak and hopeless. Her lover Vicky is the weak one, who is indecisive, fickle and most of the time not sure of what he wants. Kashyap makes the narrative richer by introducing interesting, real characters around the main ones. Each set of parents of the three lead characters have their unique characterisation and each add value to the story.

Pannu gets a fantastic platform to play a character that goes through a range of emotions, even as she’s caught between her head and heart, and she does a good job of it. Vicky Kaushal is fab as usual, as his character takes a journey from a happy-go-lucky, irresponsible cad to someone who reaches a point of obsession. Abhishek Bachchan, who’s back on the silver screen after a gap, is brilliant. With a personality that fits the character he plays really well, Bachchan delivers more than what is expected of him.

The other good thing about this film is its fabulous music composed by Amit Trivedi. Each song is a treat to the senses and blends perfectly well with the setting of the film. Watch this one because it is one of Kashyap’s best.

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