Recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018 as Husband Material, Anurag Kashyap's romantic-comedy drama is a contemporary love story which explores the idea of choosing between the love of one's life and someone who makes for an ideal life partner.
Talkietive Reviews bring you the 5 Good Things to look out for, in the film.
1. Different Direction: Instead of dishing out his trademark dark and edgy dramas, director Anurag Kashyap opts for a light romantic film which celebrates love and longing. Although Kashyap is no stranger to romantic tales—Dev D and the recent Mukkabaaz being examples—but with Manmarziyaan, he completes the trilogy with a flourish.
2. Story: The story by Kanika Dhillon is a simple reprised version of conventional stories, the only difference being that the modern girl can choose wilfully as the heart desires. Dhillon brings forth two different types of love— the passionate romance between Rumi and Vicky; and another of an entirely different timbre that she shares with Robbie. Although Manmarziyaan addresses the small town obsession with getting their girls married to stable, respectable blokes it allows its protagonist the freedom to choose as she pleases.
3. Love Triangle: Taapsee Pannu's Rumi is all fire and brimstone but Pannu is wise in playing up the sensitive side preventing it from becoming a one-note character. Vicky Kaushal as Rumi's love interest combines flashiness with a vulnerability that makes Vicky Sandhu endearing despite his flaws. Abhishek Bachchan as Robbie, in sharp contrast to Vicky, displays restraint and maturity that is appealing and makes him the perfect husband material.
4. Music Scores: The music of the film (12 songs), composed by Amit Trivedi, serve as background score as well as songs in the film. Interestingly the music serves as a great narrative tool in a film that uses dialogues with great prudence.
5. Creative Producer: Producer Aanand L. Rai deserves a pat on his back for successfully combining Anurag Kashyap's film-making style with his own, unique way of telling small town stories, quirks and all. It could well prove to be a winning formula.
This review originally appeared on www.talkietive.in