Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta.
Director: Amit Sharma
Producer: Amit Sharma
After the stupendous success of AndhaDhun, which is still making big money at the box office, Ayushmann Khurrana returns with yet another quirky entertainer, Badhaai Ho. The trailer already received huge appreciation and the film delivers exactly what is shown in the trailer. Nowhere even for a moment it will let you regret your decision of watching this film.
As shown in the trailer, the film revolves around the story of a middle-class family, where the middle-aged couple Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta) and Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) get unexpectedly pregnant. The couple from a middle-class family starts feeling conscious about the pregnancy, as they become a talking point in their social circles. They both are teased and made fun of this weird situation of pregnancy at an uncertain age. Not only them but even their kids Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Gullar (Shardul Rana) grapple to cope with the situation. The film showcases the emotions of a family, their funny and light-hearted moments and also the not so serious tension of pregnancy. Will the society accept their upcoming kid is a question mark till you watch the film?
In a way, director’s vision try to hit a sensitive topic through this not so sensitive film. Middle-class families are often riddled with their own set of values and social systems. While pregnancy and motherhood are celebrated, subjects like sex and romance are talked about with a degree of embarrassment and awkwardness. Where Nakul is extremely embarrassed of the outcome of his parents, there is Reene (Sanya Malhotra) who encourages him to take this situation positively. Ayushmann is natural effortlessly funny throughout. You don’t expect actors playing ‘mom and dad’ to have as much screen space as the young leads of the film, but director Amit Sharma actually puts the spotlight on senior actors Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta. Their romantic moments are the veritable highlight. Same goes for their performances, too. Neena Gupta is excellent in her portrayal of the unsettled mother. Gajraj Rao’s performance is the best thing about ‘Badhaai Ho’. In fact, he steals every scene that he’s a part of. Just his body language, mannerisms and expressions are enough to make you laugh out loud. Not to be overshadowed, Ayushmann, too, is in top-form, playing the son who feels the brunt of the social pressure. Surekha Sikri, who plays the dadi, deserves a special mention. She’s old-fashioned for various reasons, but when it comes to taking up for her bahu with a baby bump, she unabashedly tells the rest of the family that it’s admirable for couples to be in love and have “sexy” (meaning sex) at this age. Sanya Malhotra, who plays the girl with modern outlook, breezes through her role. The main highlight of the film still stays back with Neena Gupta, this is the film where the supporting cast has received comparatively more lime light. A story well said, with absolutely magnificent performances and superb comic timing, film deserves appreciation. The film lacks nowhere, it is a complete laugh-riot with amazing concept which is never touched before.
Cinespeaks Verdict: Riding high on success, Ayushmann is back with a bang with a laughter-riot, ‘Badhaai Ho’ which is a flawless film, it’ll simply tickle you to your core and the halls of the cinema will be surrounded by the unconditional laughter. With brilliant performances and mind-blowing screenplay, Amit Sharma’s Badhaai Ho deserves huge applauds!
Cinespeaks gives 4 stars to the film.
Written by: Aakash Gala