Certificate: U/A

Director: Amit Sharma

Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta & Gajraj Rao

Story: Akshat Ghildial, Jyoti Kapoor & Shantanu Srivastava

Screenplay: Akshat Ghildial

BADHAAI HO is the story of a family that come across an unusual situation. Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) resides in Delhi with his family which includes his dad Jeetender aka Jeetu (Gajraj Rao), mother Priyamvada (Neena Gupta), grandmother (Surekha Sikri) and younger brother Gullar (Shardul Rana). Nakul is in a steady relationship with his colleague Reene (Sanya Malhotra). One day, Priamvada gets sick and when she goes to the doctor, she finds out that she is pregnant. She is told that if she wants to abort, she should do so within the next 3-4 days. But she doesn’t feel like aborting and decides to go ahead with the pregnancy. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Badhaai Ho is an intelligently handled slice of life drama that keeps you entertained. The movie manages to convey a few progressive thoughts while keeping the viewers interested and entertained. It’s a good comical and emotional rollercoaster.

Technically, the film is decent. Sanu John Verughese’s cinematography is good. Dev Rao Jadhav’s editing couldhave been a little better and a little more crisp. The writers have made sure that the story is simple and the audiences can relate to it. Some dialogues and scenes are funny and they do make you laugh, while some are filled with emotions. The music of the film is okay but Badhaaiyan Tenu and Morni Banke have been pick of the lot; while the other songs have come in the right places.

Performances wise, Ayushmann Khurrana has managed to slip into this role with ease as well. He seems to be in top form currently. Sanya Malhotra is decent in her role but she has a limited screentime. Neena Gupta probably has the most important role in the film and she plays it with great conviction and wins the audience. Gajraj Rao steals a few scenes with his act and overall aswell he has been brilliant. Sheeba Chaddha does a good job in her short role. The rest of the cast offers good support.

Amit Sharma’s direction is quite nice. He has put the spotlight on the seniors Neena Guptaand Gajraj Rao in this one. He has been able to get out good performances from his actors as well. His treatment of the film is also good, which reflects in the film.

3.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a sensational start and has all the right ingredients to be a massive money spinner in the country.

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