Sequels have a tough task to live upto especially when its predecessor has been a blockbuster & more often than not such movies tanks at the box-office. So when the sequel of the 2011 superhit "Tanu Weds Manu" was announced, I would have to admit that I was kinda skeptical. Well was it Anand Rai's tactic to garner a sizable initial on the back of the the prequel's popularity or did it actually have the substance to outdo the former ???
Four years have passed since Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) and Manu (Madhavan) had settled in London before being married under dramatic situations. But all the flair & spark in their marriage seemed to have vanished over this period as they were literally at each other's throats for even trivial matters. Finally unable to take it any longer, Tanu packs her bags & flies back to her hometown of Kanpur, while Manu returns to Delhi. Apart from the sophistication that she had picked up from her life abroad, Tanu was still very much the fire brand that she was & meets up with her old flame Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Shergil). In the meantime, Manu falls for a much younger Haryanvi hockey player in DU, Kusum (Kangana) who bore a striking resemblance to Tanu. Since both seemed comfortable with their present life (or so they felt), they decide to legalise their separation. So was it actually over or did the couple still feel tugs at their heart cords for each other???
It's been a couple of years since Anand L Rai had made his presence felt with his previous release being the critically acclaimed "Raanjhanaa". Anywaz he is back with his latest venture "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" which as the name suggests is the sequel. So has he been able to make it live upto expectations??? Hell yeah...it works big time primarily due to Himanshu Sharma's hilarious screenplay which keeps us engaged even though the basic thread is kinda predictable. In the technical department, just as in the prequel; adequate attention has been paid to dialects & art direction. The same also applies to Chirantan's visuals which were realistic while Hemal Kothari ensured that the film didn't test the patience of the audience.
Just as in the prequel, Kangana rocks here as well & that too, in a double role which is no mean task as the actor have to ensure that he/she tries to make it as distinct as possible apart from just the physical differences. She ensured that Kusum wasn't only about a pixie hair style & exhibited her talent with a pronounced body language & dialogue delivery. Madhavan has also done a fine job & doesn't get overshadowed by Kangana. However, I felt the best lines of the movie were for Deepak Dobriyal (as Pappi) who was brilliant while the rest of the cast such as Jimmy Shergill, Swara Bhaskar, Zeeshan Ayub etc have also done justice to their roles.
Verdict: In all likelihood, the film should be able to garner a credible initial & will have the word of mouth going in its favour. So I expect it to rake in the moolah at the box office without fail. In short, if you had loved the prequel then be sure to check this out & even if you haven't, give it a try!!!