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MOVIE REVIEW: Badrinath ki Dulhania

By Gitanjali Chak Email By Gitanjali Chak
April 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: Badrinath ki Dulhania

Badrinath ki Dulhania

Starring: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sahil Vaid
Director: Shashank Khaitan
Music Directors: Amaal Malik, Akhil Sachdeva

Badrinath ki Dulhania aspires to be more than just a breezy romcom.

It attempts to focus on social issues such as dowry and gender equality within the commercial movie format. Sounds like a cocktail of earlier Bollywood movies? Well, it is. Nonetheless, the sparkling chemistry between the leading man and leading lady, ably supported by the rest of the cast, ensures that you are entertained, some discrepancies in the screenplay and clumsy writing notwithstanding.

It is love at first sight for 10th class pass Jhansi boy Badrinath Bansal (Varun Dhawan), who spots Vaidehi Trivedi (Alia Bhatt) at a wedding in Kota, Rajasthan. But she is just not interested, and is more amused than irritated at his attempts to woo her. Or is it stalking? As a woman with a mind and will of her own, Alia Bhatt is good as usual (not brilliant though), imbuing her character with honesty and vulnerability. In fact, it is Varun here who wins you over completely with just the right mix of goofiness and innocence. Swanand Kirkire does a good job as Vaidehi’s father, while Gauhar Khan impresses in a small role—but it is Sahil Vaid, playing the hero’s best buddy Somdev, who is outstanding.

Barring some contrivances and dialogue-heavy portions in the second half, Badrinath ki Dulhania makes for an enjoyable watch. Oh yes, there’s a crazy scene where the hero is almost raped and the heroine saves him!


1. Tamma Tamma (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
2. Zaalima (Raees)
3. The Humma Song (OK Jaanu)
4. Bawara Mann (Jolly LLB 2)
5. Dum Dum (Phillauri)
6. Dhaakad (Dangal)
7. Channa Mereya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
8. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi (Befikre)
9. Bloody Hell (Rangoon)
10. Love You Zindagi (Dear Zindagi)



1. Jolly LLB 2
2. Badrinath Ki Dulhania
3. Raees
4. Dangal
5. Kaabil
6. Rangoon
7. Commando 2
8. Pink
9. Running Shaadi
10. Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai


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