TopYaps Rating: ★★★☆☆
I am a sucker for romantic films. But do we get to see love stories like Devdas (2002) and Veer-Zara (2004) anymore? Nowadays, what many new-age filmmakers are doing is nothing but recycling old stuff and marketing them as new properties to lure audiences. You feel the same after watching the biggest release of this Friday, Manmarziya, despite it boasting of some impeccable performances by the lead cast.
Mamla kya hai?
Carefree, eccentric, and inhibited Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) is an Amritsar-based local DJ who is madly in love with equally crazy and loud Rumi (Taapsee Pannu). Rumi runs a hockey merchandise store in town. Both met on Tinder and have been satiating their physical needs ever since. But marriage is not on the mind. Not even for a fraction of second. However, when Rumi’s family catches them red-handed, they want them to either part ways or get married as soon as possible. Warna log kya kahenge?
No doubt Vicky is head over heels in love with Rumi, but he is marriage-phobic. He cannot marry her even at the cost of losing her forever. Here enters London-returned Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan) in the picture. Despite knowing everything about Vicky and Rumi and their torrid affair, he wants to settle down with her. But is everything as easy as it seems?
Three lives are at stake, after all! Will Rumi be able to forget Vicky even if she marries Robbie? Or will she keep her love alive? What will Robbie do if he ever comes to know that his wife has not broken all ties with her ex? To know this and much more, watch the film!
What’s Paisa Vasool in Manmarziya?
The star cast
We know the star cast that toplines Manmarziyan. Over the period of time, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal have established themselves as actors who don’t disappoint with their performances. Abhishek Bachchan has also grown as an actor in the past few years and that maturity is conspicuous in the flick.
Performances par excellence
The cast is the strongest pillar that ably supports the dilapidated building the entire film is constructed on. Taapsee Pannu as free-spirited Rumi proves her mettle yet again. With each new film, she brings something fresh to the table and that’s a joy to watch. She gets each and every bit of her character right and leaves us awestruck with her riveting performance. Vicky Kaushal is outstanding. In the role of an aimless man hopelessly in love, he delivers a highly praiseworthy performance that does not leave you easily. Abhishek Bachchan as reticent and sacrificing Robbie is also good. He tries to do something new and succeeds.
What’s not so good in Manmarziyan?
Old wine in a slightly new bottle
The audience has matured a lot over the years. You cannot fool them by repackaging old formula stories. Unfortunately, Manmarziyan tries to do that. It brings forth the same love story which we have seen a thousand times before. Apart from performances and setting, it offers very little in the name of newness.
It’s not a great script
Manmarziya does not have a script that is anywhere close to being called perfect. It has various flaws, and confusion and conflicts abound throughout. As you see it playing out on screen, you cannot help but remember such unforgettable movies as Woh Saat Din (1983) and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) more often than not. While we enjoyed those films for reasons more than one, everything is predictable here in Manmarziya. In absence of any novelty whatsoever, the movie turns out to be just another film hitting the silver screen.
C’mon, romance isn’t Anurag Kashyap’s forte
Manmarziyan is a romantic film and it’s directed by Anurag Kashyap. Sounds a little peculiar? Isn’t it? Generally, we don’t associate Kashyap with the said genre; he is mostly known for his dark and edgy subjects. So, you don’t find those elements here in Manmarziyan. The film is a love triangle, something that the director has attempted before but decades ago. His latest attempt is just okay, because he makes it so much confusing and convoluted that you kind of lose your interest in the film after a point. Apart from taking out the best out of his actors, Kashyap does not impress much here.
Isn’t it too lengthy?
Yes, it is! The film has a runtime of 157 minutes which is unbearable for the audience unless they are watching an epic drama on the screen. The first half of the movie is fun to watch. It’s engaging to the core, offers some genuine moments and promises for an equally engrossing second half. However, as the second half sets in, the film becomes slower than the pace of a snail. It’s a poorly edited affair.
Manmarziyan is not a bad film. However, it does not offer something jo apne pahle kabhi na dekha ho. So, if you are hopelessly romantic, you can head to a nearby theatre this weekend. If not, then wait for its premiere on television and save some bucks.
Banner: Colour Yellow Productions, Phantom Films
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal
Music Director: Amit Trivedi
Duration: 157 Minutes