4 out of 5 (80%) reviewers would recommend
Alia Bhatt Vaidehi Varun Dhawan (Badrinath Bansal) Varun Dhawan Badrinath Bansal Gauhar Khan (Suzy) Gauhar Khan Suzy Sahil Vaid (Somdev Mishra) Sahil Vaid Somdev Mishra Girish Karnad
A man (Varun Dhawan) and a woman (Alia Bhatt) fall in love despite their opposing views on gender and life in general.
Mar 10, 2017
Badrinath is looking for a typical bride; Vaidehi is looking for an independent life. Together they must break with tradition and redefine their role.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a rucksack full of radioactive social issues handled cautiously with bedazzled Dharma gloves. But 'handled' is the operative word here. Set in small towns like Jhansi and Kota where patriarchy is as evident as daylight, the movie focuses on Badrinath (Varun Dhawan), a sahukar's son in pursuit of a bride. He spots Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) at a wedding and starts wooing her. But Vaidehi refuses to bow down to social pressure and succumb to a marriage nurtured by an IV drip of dowry. Turns out she's that mutant small-town girl with actual opinions and ambitions and most importantly, a spine. And her character is the backbone of this story, too. She's fierce and real; she's pushed down but gets back up; she protects her dreams and for once,doesn't get emotionally manipulated. Her father's heart condition be damned! Through Vaidehi, the movie checks all the important boxes: gender issues, feminism, consent, etc. But the story is treated so stylistically (with elaborate song sequences and flashbacks and cinematic moments) that it loses heat. At times, characters speak like public service announcements, and seem a little contrived. The runtime doesn't help either. This is a story with an obvious climax, so sitting through two and a half hours to find out what you already know might get uncomfortable. But the breezy vibe of the movie and back-to-back hilarious lines should get you through it. Together, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt are the best thing that could have happened to our screens. The beautiful effortlessness of their onscreen companionship plasters a grin on your face. Dhawan as Badri is adorable; you instantly take to him. He even pulls off some high-drama scenes impressively. Bhatt, unsurprisingly,gives it her all, and her sincerity comes through. But her accent,casually swinging between Juhu and Jhansi,is bothersome at times. RSVP Yes to this wedding; it's grand, with good music, great people and delicious food for thought.
1. 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' marks the second installment of a franchise by Dharma Productions-the first being the romantic comedy '`Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' (2014), which was also directed by Shashank Khaitan and produced by Karan Johar. 2. This is Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt's third film together after 'Student Of The Year' and 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania'. 3. 'Tamma Tamma', which was originally composed by Bappi Lahiri for 'Thanedaar', has been recreated as 'Tamma Tamma Again' by Tanishk Bagchi for this film. 4. Major portions of the film have been shot in Kota and Jhansi.
Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan's 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' has performed well at the box office. The film recorded the highest third weekend collection of the year by earning a total of Rs 6.50 crore in its third weekend, as reported by Boxofficeindia.com. The record of highest third weekend was maintained by Akshay Kumar's 'Jolly LLB 2' till now. The Shashank Khaitan film earned Rs 3 crore on its third Sunday (Day 17) taking its total to Rs 105 crore net. This is Varun and Alia's third film together and the audience has loved them together on the screen. 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' hit the theatres on March 10 amid mixed reviews and continues to make money at the BO. Produced under Dharma Productions banner 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' deals with the evils of a regressive society in the north Indian hinterland, and touches upon the subjects of dowry and patriarchy.