Shaadi Mein Zarur Aana
Director: Ratnaa Sinha
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Kirti Kharbanda
Ratnaa Sinha’s Film Shaadi Mein Zarur Aana completes all the Bollywood boxes — there’s romance, drama, revenge, song-and-dance. This Rajkummar Rao-Kirti Kharbanda-featuring FIlm also manages to take on sexism, dowry, and corruption.
The film starts with a love story. Two Kanpur families are busy finding a perfect match for their children and force Satyendra Mishra (Rajkummar Rao) and Aarti Shukla (Kriti Kharbanda) to meet.
Satyendra Mishra is a clerk in a government office with small ambition – his sources of contentment is a family owned three-story building. Aarti Shukla is a college topper who wants to be an IAS officer. Neither wants to get married but decide to go with the flow as they find common values and interests.
After some twists in the film, Shaadi Mein Zarur Aana turns into a revenge story but goes back to being a love story when the curtain comes down.
The story is not jerky, no sudden jumps and an undertone of the love story is carried throughout.
Ratnaa’s story gives us an insider’s view of the practice of dowry that continues to flourish though it is illegal. The groom’s family, riding high on its ancestral house, makes the most of the fact that the groom is a single child and the sole inheritor to step up the demand for dowry.
The Aarti Shukla’s father busts his “budget” and sells his land to give his daughter a perfect start in her new family.
It is not just downing that the girl has to deal with Her mom-in-law has her own definition of IAS. “Is ghar mein to humi sarkar hain, bahu aaye aur ghar sambhale. Isi ko sarkari naukari samajh le. Humare ghar me bahuein naukri nahi karti.”
oldfashioned and irrational as they may be but the words reflect the reality that confronts girls across the country.
Rajkummar’s transformation from a young man charmed by his lady to the one who does not believe in love is impressive. He makes you love, pity and hates him all in a single stroke.
Kriti effortlessly attempts her role. All character actors are great to watch. Govind Namdev’s strict and patriarchal father is indifference to KK Raina’s educated father of the groom and Navni Parihar is impressive as an understanding but submissive mom – all of them successfully manage to bring to the screen the life and travails of small-town India.
The Movie, although, leans too much on clichés. Songs are unexpected and obstruct the narrative. The filmmakers have also depend heavily on melodrama but despite these minor hiccups, this is an invitation you must not miss.