|Movie Name||Badhaai Ho|
|Movie Cast||Ayushmann Khurrana,Sanya Malhotra|
|Music Director||Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli, Sunny and Inder Bawra|
|Production Company||Vineet Jain, Hemant Bhandari|
|Release Date||October 18, 2018|
Badhaai Ho’s trailer did make a mark because of its unusual premise. A premise, which is unheard of in Bollywood. Hindi cinema did touch of aged men and women falling in love, but never did it explore of the case where what if an old couple ends up having a baby. As much as its sounds funny on paper, the same translates onto the screen too. The movie is directed by Amit Sharma who earlier made Tevar a remake of Telugu film and it got pitted at the box office. However, Badhaai Ho seems contrastingly original.
This is the story about the Kaushiks family who live in a government quarters in New Delhi. Jeetender Kaushik and Priyamvada Kaushik played by Gajaraj and Neena Gupta have two sons and the elder one is a prospective dulha. His name is Nakul (Ayushmann Khurana). One fine day, the parents have sex and after few months they realize that they are pregnant. In no time, the news reaches everyone in the mohallah, and it causes embarrassment to everyone. How the family tackles this seemingly absurd situation and how they come to terms with it is the film about.
The first half of the film is top notch with the presentation of the premise and the first reactions of the people. The second half however has its drawbacks where the focus slightly moves away from the person bearing the child. The characters have been designed extremely well. The heart stealers of the film are the adults, the parents (of both the hero and heroine) and the dadi. The only half baked role was Nakul’s love interest played by the Dangal fame Sanya Malhotra. The movie bravely talks about a very important aspect, i.e sex life of aging adults. The movie tries to clear the notion that even they need sex, in whatever way possible for them. One should not take them for granted and think that once the kids have grown old, they don’t have any passion in bed. Nakul takes the roe of the viewer, who initially begins with a feeling of disgust and transforms into an understanding soul.
Performances wise, Gajaraj, Neena Gupta and Surekhs Sikri were incredible. Gajaraj’s mannerism and dialogue delivery deserves an applause. The ladies excel too. It was refreshing to see Neena Gupta in a role like this. Ayushmann Khurana had nothing new to offer but stayed adequate in the role. His choice of Slice of life films began with Vicky Donor and the list seems to be unending. Sheeba Chadda excels but Sanya Malohotra who plays the daughter couldn’t create any impact.
The writers Shanatanu Srivastava , Akshat Ghildial and Jyoti Kapoor deserve a big clap for coming up with such a quirky, unusual subtle story . The setting makes the script very believable. The dialogues have a lot of pun and at the same time convey deep messages.
The music of the film is nothing great.
All in all, Badhaain Ho is a funny ride with a message.