Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan made their Bollywood debut in 2012 with Karan Johar’s Student Of the Year and ever since then, the two have continued to woo the audience with their chemistry – both onscreen and offscreen. They next shared screen space in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and wowed the viewers, in particular the millennials, with their effortless charm and camaraderie.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania – a follow-up to the 2014 hit Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania with the same director, producer and lead artistes – is about a resident of Jhansi called Badrinath Bansal (Varun Dhawan) who works as a recovery agent in his father’s loan business. Badri’s brother Alok (Yash Sinha) was forced to abandon his girlfriend and bring home a bride of his autocratic, dowry-hungry dad’s choice. Badri does not want such misfortune to strike him, so when he falls for Vaidehi Trivedi (Alia Bhatt) from Kota, he takes his destiny into his own hands.
It starts with Varun Dhawan trying to grin. Too eager to flash his giddiness to the world, he’s constantly being reined in by the photographer. Limits are hard for garrulous young Badrinath, and when he sees Alia Bhatt at a wedding, he falls hard.
‘Vaidehi Trivedi,’ he says, over and over, mesmerised even by the syllables of her name, minutes after she tells him to make sure he eats the halwa. It is like watching a young Salman Khan be charmed by a young Madhuri Dixit, but this boy acts better and the girl is winsome.
Director Shashank Khaitan, who had an impressive debut in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), begins coating his otherwise predictable story with funny, ironic plots from here on. If Vaidehi is rebellious, Badri is hot-headed. It’s like walking on a razor’s edge because they need to match steps with the current scenario and also carry the weight of typical, commercial Bollywood.
This is a story with an obvious climax, so sitting through two and a half hours to find out what you already know might get uncomfortable. But the breezy vibe of the movie and back-to-back hilarious lines should get you through it.
The one thing about Humpty that left the audience in splits was the perfect comic timing of the supporting cast and it’ll be interesting to see how the new cast pulls it off in this Shashank Khaitan’s directorial. The film also features Gauahar Khan, Shweta Basu Prasad in pivotal roles.
The beautiful effortlessness of their onscreen companionship plasters a grin on your face. Dhawan as Badri is adorable; Bhatt, unsurprisingly, gives it her all, and her sincerity comes through.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania continued to be the best performing film of 2017 post the first week with collections of around 2.50 crore nett which takes its lifetime business to over 91 crore nett. The second week will go over 25 crore nett and there have been 30 odd films that have done that in the past. Daily collections of Badrinath Ki Dhulania is as follows:
Day 1 – 12.00 Cr
Day 2 – 14.25 Cr
Day 3 – 15.75 Cr
Day 4 – 12.00 Cr
Day 5 – 7.50 Cr
Day 6 – 5.75 Cr
Day 7 – 5.00 Cr
Day 8 – 4.00 Cr
Day 9 – 5.75 Cr
Day 10 – 7.25 Cr
Day 11 – 2.50 Cr
Total – 91.27 Cr