What would you do if your in-laws are against the idea of you working?
Does our society still believe in “IAS hai hamara lardka, dahej to dena hi padega”?
Can love happen in arrange set-up and ultimately rise above caste, gender, and society?
All set up amidst a big fat Indian wedding.
Sounds novel, right? All the above ideas add up to an exciting movie setting, but that’s not the case with Rajkummar Rao’s Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana. It’s a khichdi with a foul taste and stale ingredients, and it misses where this year’s earlier release “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, made on a similar concept strives – to make a connection!
The film starts with a jovial mood of two Indian families gearing up for an arranged wedding. Satyendra Mishra(Rajkummar Rao), is a priced Indian groom (gov. employee) and Aarti Shukla (Kriti Kabana), MA pass, an intelligent and beautiful Indian bride from a lower class family. Her family is asked for dowry in lieu of “chote status wale hamesha check mai rahenge”. And this all goes amidst the love blooming between the lead pair. They are ignorant of what’s going around and the movie focus on sweet romantic gestures between them – ek cup se coffee peena, and such kind.
What turns around the film is when Aarti manages to clear a Public Service Exam (PSC) and her in-laws are against the idea of their bahu working. Even her own family doesn’t support her and after a series of pitiful and rebellious scenes, finally, the bride runaways and the marriage is called off.
You might think the movie should end now, right?
No, come on, its Bollywood!
They again meet after a transition of five years. Now the bride who ran is herself a government employee and facing charges for something she didn’t commit, something that could ruin her career. And guess whom she finds – it’s her ex-groom.
And then the story drags, drags, and drags to find a reconnect between them and a happy ending, which makes you feel like saying – Bas karo, jaan hi loge kya!
Ratna Sinha, wife of renowned director Anubhav Sinha has directed the movie and she’s clueless in her first venture. Kriti Kabana tries her best to convince as Aarti, but it’s too much for the actors potential. Rajkummar Rao’s is obviously the saving grace in the movie, but even he hardly get the scenes to experiment with his acting abilities. He’s the same way the way he was in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ and ‘Behen Hogi Teri’. Rest, the supporting actors add nothing to the movie.
Final verdict: Try going to the distant relative’s wedding you ignored instead.