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BADHAAI HO is funny yet sensible!

With a theme that immediately cracks you up, BADHAAI HO is a brilliant idea that’s also executed skillfully. Well performed and sensitively handled, this comedy is definitely worth your time and money. Go for it!

The story goes as – when his middle-aged parents announce the news of an untimely pregnancy, Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) is far from thrilled. Not only does he find the situation a bit awkward, but there is also the peril of public embarrassment.

The first time the trailer of this film came out, the excitement was palpable across all sections. Thankfully, the novel idea is backed up by dexterous treatment by director Amit Sharma, who infuses just the right amount of sensibility in this slice-of-life comedy. This film is yet another step towards shaping the modern Indian cinema. Despite the considerable progress that we’ve made as a society, wrapping our heads around the fact that our parents indulge in sexual activity is still a difficult thing. And that’s the reason why this film makes for such a compelling comedy in the first place.

The characters are well written, and they totally come across as real people. The true strength of this film lies in the fact that it never really parts with the real essence of the society that its based in. The Kaushiks make for a quintessential middle-class family residing in Delhi, run by a father who’s in government service, lives with his homemaker wife who’s burdened with all the household chores, his old mother who’s constantly nagging and complaining about her daughter-in-law, and his two sons, one in his twenties and the other a teenager in school. The very reaction of each one of these members on hearing this news of a new expectant baby is alone worth your money. Yes, the film does digress a bit towards the second half with an unwarranted conflict involving Khurrana and his love-interest played by Sanya Malhotra, but it manages to make up for it by ending on another high note.

It’s really hard to keep the momentum going for over two hours, once the idea is out there and the initial excitement is done with. But the writers deserve credit for keeping the film alive and engaging right till the very end. They are ably supported by a brilliant cast. Ayushmann Khurrana is his usual dependable self, delivering just the right amount of internal conflict, shock and composure. With this he successfully completes a trilogy of sorts – VICKY DONOR, SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAAN and now BADHAAI HO – all dealing with supposedly awkward subjects that are rarely discussed in open. He’s mastered this genre of cinema and it shows. Also superb are Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta, who showcase the guilty happiness and embarrassment with absolute authenticity. Surekha Sikri is another star who shines really bright in this comedy. Her dialogues are bang on and her expressions are pure gold. Sanya Malhotra supports well and so do the other members of the cast.

In all, BADHAAI HO is a welcome comedy which is constantly amusing, while also putting a pertinent message forward. Totally recommended!

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