Badhaai Ho: Funnily Serious
Ayushmann Khurrana’s recent release Andhadhun’s success is yet to be forgotten that we see another flick of his hitting the marquee. Badhaai Ho is all about a guy named Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann) whose parents get to spend a love night out of nowhere. Nakul’s love life with Renee (Sanya Malhotra) looks hunky-dory but everything breaks loose when Nakul gets to know that his mother Priyamvada (Neena Gupta) is pregnant.
The mild and composed Nakul’s father Jeetu Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) takes the shy factor way too seriously in front of his overbearing mother (Surekha Sikhri) and in it, we find some hilarious portions of him confronting the news of “guest arriving soon” to her.
Nakul and Renee’s chemistry hits an acid block as her mother (Sheeba Chaddha) faces a tiny conflict with Nakul and the reason is nothing but his mother’s pregnancy at this age where Nakul himself is up for marriage with Renee.
Will the Kaushiks come to terms regarding the “new entrant”? How will the family face the ire of other family members? Shall Renee’s love life become hunky-dory again? Will Jeetu and Priyamvada get their due with acceptance? Answers to these shall be known once you watch Badhaai Ho!
Ayushmann Khurrana does a cake walk with panache and boy, he is a hit! This is Sanya Malhotra’s first mainstream heroine characterization and she delivers the act pleasantly. The film belongs to Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta and Surekha Sikhri, as their roles are etched perfectly. Shardul Rana plays Ayushmann’s brother and he has his moments.
Director Amit Sharma dwells on the aspect of parental sex life and adds an emotional family attachment to it and that’s where the film works in most places. The first half is hilarious while the second half is totally on the emotional side, which brings up a thought of watching two different films altogether.
A few sequences in the second half could have been shot more convincingly, example being, one’s feelings upon an aspect cannot be shifted to another side just because of a small argument (no spoilers). Badhaai Ho lingers on a sensitive issue which is a hardly touched upon topic and this adds newness to this simply genuine script.
Review by Sandy (Sandeep Rao)