Manmarziyaan review: Taapsee steals the show


Mumbai: Director Anurag Kashyap is back with his new romantic flick Manmarziyaan. The director surprises the audience by making a seemingly romantic movie. Though the trailer makes us remind of certain Bollywood love stories but the movie is full of surprise elements.

The movie portrays a modern-day relationship in a way that is relatable to the audience. The movie is a no-fuss type which means the director ignored the typical ‘big romantic gestures’ shown in other movies.

The movie’s unique story-line revolves around the three main characters – Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, and Abhishek Bachchan.

The story of ‘Manmarziyaan’ revolves around Rumi (Tapsee Pannu), a young woman, who is in love with Vicky (Vicky Kaushal), a wannabe DJ who is scared to take bigger responsibilities in his life. Rumi’s family finds out about their relationship, pressure builds up on them to get married.

Amidst all this, Rumi plans to elope with Vicky but soon finds out that he is still not ready to marry her. Eventually, she gives up on him and agrees to an arranged marriage.

This makes the way for the entry of Rajbir Bhatia aka Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan), a banker from London who falls for free-spirited Rumi. The rest of the story is based on a roller-coaster of emotions.

Taapsee takes on the character of a new age Punjabi girl with a swagger that seems inbuilt. She is seen in a messy-tied-up hair and plain T-shirts with a sense of power. This adds a dash of realism to her character.

Vicky with his body language and confidence displays the picture of a small town DJ with effortlessness and also exposes his character’s vulnerability which is his fear of commitment.

Abhishek Bachchan returns to what he does best – play the good boy.

But from the beginning to the end, Taapsee steals the show. She makes us seem as if she is the sole player in the movie. Though Vicky Kaushal comes close to Taapsee, Abhishek seems to underperform and looks like the weakest in the lot.

This film captures the raw emotions in modern-day love, including the fights, the small betrayals, and the reconciliation which bring texture to an otherwise simple romance. Thematically the movie shows a glimpse of a person being on a crossroad.

The movie is well written by Kanika Dhillon and shows Anurag’s directorial skills in portraying a modern love story.

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