Manmarziyaan Review & Rating
Manmarziyaan Review: Strictly For Mature Audience Only!
Manmarziyaan means... do we need to know actually? Well, it’s better if we get this out of the way at the earliest. Manmarziyaan is the plural of the word Manmarzi. Man means heart. Marzi means wish. A heart’s wish. Or rather doing as the heart tells.
Now, we come to the story. Rumi and Vicky are in love. So much love. So much so that they remain inseparable even physically. Vicky runs over the roofs to meet her. They are that inseparable. Fire doesn’t keep quiet. It shows its presence one way or the other. Similarly, a first of passion doesn’t keep itself hidden. One fine morning, Rumi’s parents find them out making it. Things get dense and Rumi asks Vicky bring his parents to fix the match.
But as this is an Anurag Kashyap film and he wants to explore depths of confused souls, Vicky restrains from doing so. Even after she asks! Then Rumi suggests that they elope. She cannot stay away from him. But when she asks him how can they live and what he does for a living, she gets no answer. She has enough of him doing one thing or the other to keep them united and she leaves him by saying she’ll marry the next guy her parents bring.
Enter Abhishek Bachchan!
Man! What a performance he delivered! But Vicky doesn’t keep quiet, right? Before that Abhishek Bachchan’s Robbie gets to know her love for Vicky theory’s her. The maturity with which Anurag Kashyap’s Manmarziyaan talks about love and relationships is refreshing. The seemingly conventional story of a love triangle gets original with its treatment and portrayal of love. With characters constantly oscillating between confusion and complex emotions, Manmarziyaan presents a new and updated look at romance and relationships. It’s unlike any Anurag Kashyap film you’ve seen before. Despite its strengths, this romantic drama might be, at times, a little too mature for the average audience.
A love triangle in Amritsar
And the film is set in Amritsar. A small city or a big city still coping with modernity and at the heartland of Sikhs. He constructed a passionate love story with an oddishly mature romantic triangle in that city of Golden Temple. Commitment issues, immaturity and the folly of exuberance, bring a reality check to their rip-roaring romance. Once Abhishek Bachchan’s Robbie enters the scene, as a prospective suitor backed by the local matchmaker, the story gets an interesting spin. You can never peg down, why Robbie is so interested in marrying Rumi, knowing fully well that she and Vicky are inseparable.
Kanika Dhillon’s writing is layered
It’s not just good writing, this is an in-depth exploration of love and the mistakes people make in matters of the heart before they finally settle down. It’s real life. On top of that Anurag Kashyap has adopted a restrained storytelling style where dialogue and emotions take center stage. The climactic scene where Taapsee and Abhishek have a long exchange of dialogue is a pure cinematic delight. Know when to use dialogues and when to use action and when to use silence. Amit Trivedi’s music elevates the emotions in the film to a large degree. Most of the songs help flesh out the feelings of the characters. Songs like Dhyaanchand, Halla, Daryaa and Sacchi Mohabbat are the highlights of the film. The cinematography by Sylvester Fonseca is taken this film a notch above the ordinary.
The second half of the film picks up the drama and the pace, owing to the taut editing by Aarti Bajaj.
Pure acting brilliance
Vicky Kaushal delivered a knockout performance. Taapsee did give her best in the second half. She looked like a fish out of water initially. But when the gills of Abhishek Bachchan added to the screen, she breathed life into the role of Rumi. How beautifully named her character is! And then there’s this Robbie of Abhishek Bachchan.
Kashyap has just begun his tryst with the bright brand of cinema, and we hope he keeps at it and turns into an asset for Hindi cinema, which to be brutally frank, he has never been as a director. He has the talent to improve by leagues if he keeps at it.
The Twin motif
The script is fairly riveting and enjoyable in the many one-liners, though most of the light touches start only about 20 to 25 minutes into the film. A novel touch, just like the wandering musicians in Life…In A Metro or the Chinese couple singing a Hindi-Punjabi situational song in Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is of real-life twin sisters Poonam and Priyanka Shah coming in at intervals to dance during apt junctures. They are characters totally unconnected with the plot.
The motif of twins, peppered right through the film is funny and random but if you dig deep, you will probably find out why. At times, the story might be a little too deep for millennials, but Manmarziyaan is one of the best romantic movies to come out of Bollywood in a long time.
From the rest, Vikram Kocchar remains a natural scene-stealer as Robbie’s elder brother, and his expressions and comments, especially on his parents, are a scream. Ashnoor Kaur as the quiet cousin is winsome, and both Neetu Kohli (Robbie’s mother) and the actress playing Rumi’s aunt are excellent.
All in all, Manmarziyaan as the word is a derivative combination of two words, is about a couple of inseparable souls and is strictly for those who can decide the word. Anurag Kashyap’s modern-day spin on the regular love triangle. Pass on the film if you want to watch a romantic comedy of the type you imagined. It’s an Anurag Kashyap film. Keep that in mind before booking the tickets. For those who know fully well what to expect from Anurag Kashyap, it’s a feast. Don’t miss it then.
Manmarziyaan Critic Reviews
Manmarziyaan User Reviews
Manmarziyaan is a quintessential Anurag Kashyap's take on romantic comedy which he executed with a lot of restraint. The film is as much about Tapsee as it is about Abhishek Bachchan. Jr. Bachchan steals the show in the movie with a controlled performance. Rest of the actors did a fine job. Good fil to watch
Manmarziyan is an interesting piece of cinema. It is a romantic comedy of Anurag Kashyap's creation. Most of the times, Anurag Kashyap is associated with dark films and brooding characters. But this Tapsee, Vicky Kaushal, and Abhishek Bachchan starrer is a bright film. But the movie, written by Kanika Dhillon, has so many layers and it explores the unchartered territories of human hearts. A light-hearted but intense romantic comedy involving a romantic triangle. The man-woman dynamics of Manmarziyan are said to be beautifully chaotic. In the hands of Anurag Kashyap, the film became an unusual and magical emotional ride.
Abhishek Bachchan is the strength and the soul of Manmarziyan is the general consensus. His apparent comeback film sees him delivering a strong performance. Tapsee is a dynamite who sinks her teeth into the role of Rumi. Vicky Kaushal's performance as Vicky is special. Tapsee got every beat right and Vicky is the life of it. Abhishek Bachchan is the pillar who packed a solid performance.
Manmarziyan is a new generation love story with a twist. The emotions in the film are neatly described by the artists. Abhishek Bachchan gave a truly great performance. Some even proclaimed that Manmarziyan is the most winsome work of Anurag Kashyap till date.
Manmarziyan is backed up by fine storytelling and flawless performances. The whole team did a great job. This movie is a concoction of some extremely talented people bringing their best 2celebrate womanhood &its evolution in India.I
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