Badhaai Do Review: An important subject turned into another mainstream film that takes so long to come to the point

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– REEMA CHHABDA

Story:

Men and women are equally affected by society’s patriarchal structure. The former is hardly mentioned. If a woman is supposed to be fair-skinned and skilled in the use of ghar-grahasti, the guy must adopt the role of provider, strong and all things’manly.’ A lesbian lady and a gay guy in this situation don’t have enough room to stand tall, concealing their identities and natural desires to blend in. Badhaai Do introduces us to two such people, Shardul (Rajkummar Rao) and Sumi (Bhumi Pednekar), and attempts to build a storey about how these two “misfits” work together to fit in. It’s similar to a ball and socket joint.

Sumi played by Bhumi is a lesbian PE instructor. Shardul, played by Rajkummar, is a police officer who is also gay. He lives in constant fear of being revealed since she has taken up a ladko wala career jiski tuition bhi nahi hoti. A gay man in uniform is an easy target; he will be teased, mocked, and humiliated. And, as Onir’s ongoing battle will demonstrate, doesn’t even exist! When a boy posing as a woman on a same-sex dating app meets Sumi and confidently asks, ‘aapne kabhi ladko se try ne kiya?’ their worlds collide. ‘Karlo humare saath, banne ko nahi bol raha hoon, girlfriend banne ko nahi bol raha hoon.’

Direction and Writing:

The narrative of Akshat Ghildial and Suman Adhikary is progressive, and the film’s premise is bold. The screenplay by Akshat Ghildial, Suman Adhikary, and Harshavardhan Kulkarni is flimsy, while it is entertaining and moving at times. Both the major characters, as well as Shardul’s mother, are well-developed (Sheeba Chaddha). The script, on the other hand, is extended in the middle of the film. For maximum effect, the screenplay should have been shorter. The dialogues of Akshat Ghildial are conversational but lack punchlines.

Certain situations have been handled with panache by director Harshavardhan Kulkarni. He deserves praise for handling such a sensitive subject in a film. He also defies clichés; the gay character is a powerful bodybuilder with six pack abs who also happens to be a cop, which has never been seen before in a Bollywood film about a homosexual character. Regrettably, Badhaai Do is 147 minutes lengthy, although it should have been two hours long. A handful of the jokes aren’t funny.

The cinematography by Swapnil S Sonawane is appropriate. The production design by Laxmi Keluskar is realistic. The costumes designed by Rohit Chaturvedi are true to life. The editing by Kirti Nakhwa could have been better. By at least 30 minutes, the film should have been cruelly cut.

Music:

The songs operate as a deterrent because the music is not memorable. The title tune, as well as ‘Atak Gaya,’ ‘Hum Thay Seedhe Saadhe,’ ‘Bandi Tot,’ and ‘Maange Manzooriyan,’ have a short lifespan. The only music that sticks out and comes at a crucial point is ‘Hum Rang Hai.’ The film’s lighthearted tone is enhanced by Hitesh Sonik’s background score.

Performances:

In terms of performances, Rajkummar Rao is hard to blame. On screen, he is pure brilliance. Bhumi Pednekar also contributes. But she’s still locked in the box that Bollywood has put her in, from Dum Laga Ke Haisha to Toilet: Ek Prem Katha to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan: a tough woman with a tender core.

Gulshan Devaiah continues to be a pleasant surprise in Badhaai Do, and he shines in his brief appearance.

Verdict:

It’s not that Badhaai Do is not a good film. It has a heart and delivers a genuine feel-good finale, which is exactly what the majority of moviegoers desire. But did anything change as a result of it? We have our doubts.

Badhaai Do Review

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Performances

3.5/5

Music

2.0/5

Direction

2.5/5

Story

2.0/5

Overall

2.5/5

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