Anurag Kashyap's 'Manmarziyaan': Movie Review

By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu in Manmarziyaan
Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu in Manmarziyaan
Manmarziyaan (known internationally as Husband Material) is a romantic drama film directed by Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Based on a screenplay by Kanika Dhillon, Manmarziyaan stars Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal. The film is co-produced by Aanand L Rai and Phantom Films. Set in Amritsar, the film revolves around Rumi, a free spirited girl, her commitmentphobic lover Vicky, and a banker named Robbie who marries Rumi despite being aware of her affair with Vicky. Through the course of the film these three individuals, whose lives are entwined, must learn it the hard way that love is more about giving than taking.

With Manmarziyaan, Anurag Kashyap finally unleashes his version 2.0 which is significantly different than his old self. Kashyap 2.0 has much less darker ideas about life. And the ideas are far more pragmatic. In fact, Anurag Kashyap 2.0 is closer to Karan Johar and Aanand L. Rai than to the Kashyap of old as a result of which Manmarziyaan doesn't come across as a film that's true to his revered body of work. In fact, it feels more like an aberration than anything else. But if we see Manmarziyaan by disassociating it with Kashyap then perhaps we can assess it much better. In many ways it comes across as a remake of Tanu Weds Manu sans humor. Also parts of it remind one of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Manmarziyaan is a film that's driven by music and performances. 
Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in Marmarziyaan
Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in Marmarziyaan
Abhishek Bachchan finally has a role that he can be proud of in a long long time. Vicky Kaushal despite his usual high acting standards manages to once again surpass expectations. Whenever he is not around the film invariably dips in intensity despite Junior Bachchan's mature act and Taapsee Pannu's frenzied presence. All three are really good in their respective roles but when the film ends it leaves us disappointed and it's mostly because of a half-baked screenplay which begins with so many high points that once it starts hitting the lows it never really recovers. Also Anurag Kashyap disappoints with his unimaginative direction. Maybe it's Netflix that's taking most of his time these days and maybe these days he trusts his assistants a lot more than he should. After all, the credits read "Directed by Anurag Kashyap". Don’t they?

Rating: 4/10

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Manmarziyaan - Trailer (YouTube)

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