Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Highway Reel Film Review

Badrinath Ki Dulhania is definitely a one-time watch
paisa vasool film.

Starring – Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan
Director- Shashank Khaitan
Rating – 3/5

Badrinath Ki Dulhania is the second instalment of the franchise that began with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. This time too, director Shashank Khaitan has touched upon the socially relevant issues of feminism, gender inequality and dowry through his film.

Badrinath (Varun Dhawan), is a small-time UP boy who is proud and pompous of his family lineage. His father, Mr Bansal (Ritraj Singh), is the typical chauvinistic patriarch who believes that men are above women in every aspect of life. So naturally, he is the ultimate decision-maker in the house. At a common friend’s wedding, Badrinath sets his eyes on Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) and decides that he won’t stop at anything to win her hand in marriage. But the young girl dreams of becoming an air-hostess and wants to be more than just someone’s “dulhania”. With her aspirations to touch the sky and his efforts to convince her to marry him, this entertaining rom-com takes several dramatic turns before a predictable happy ending.

Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt have come a long way from their Student Of The Year days. In the first few scenes, Varun’s tough-guy act with his heavy UP accent might seem a little overbearing, but as the story progresses, he sheds all his inhibitions and shines right through. With his best friend, Badrinath ensures regular doses of laughter throughout the film.

Alia is not just effortless but simply brilliant in the movie and doesn’t give you any reason to complain. Although they don’t have a single kissing scene, the chemistry between these two talented actors is palpable. Sahil Vaid, who plays Badrinath’s best friend, is a delight to watch, with almost every dialogue of his leaving you in splits. His impeccable comic timing and bromance with Badrinath is the highlight of the film.

The movie boasts of an immensely talented supporting cast including Shweta Basu Prasad, Aparshakti Khurana, Aakanksha Singh, Yash Sinha and Gauhar Khan. All of them were equally good in their respective roles. There were many instances when it got a tad too dramatic, but that’s only because it’s a true-blue Dharma Productions film.

Supriya Says: Director Shashank Khaitan has yet again delivered a massy entertainer with a very pertinent social message. Badrinath Ki Dulhania is definitely a one-time watch paisa vasool film.


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