Director: Aanand L Rai
Ranking: 2 stars (out of 5)
Aanand L. Rai’s Atrangi Re has an uncommon premise all proper. However strive as laborious because it and A.R. Rahman’s vigorous musical rating could, the love story is unable to transform its pivotal plot twist into something greater than a single-trick present. The gossamer-thin storyline strains credibility. However that’s the least of the movie’s issues. It additionally takes an appallingly cavalier stance on psychological trauma and its long-term results.
One character in Atrangi Re (streaming on Disney+Hotstar) declares that no person has ever understood psychological issues. The movie takes that assertion at face worth and spins a flimsy yarn round it, completely unmindful of the truth that it solely trivialises the ache of a thoughts in want of succour.
Dhanush, who performs a Tamil boy in his closing 12 months in a Delhi medical school, is splendidly nimble in a task that requires him to seize a variety of moods – from the facetious to the flummoxed to the forceful. However then Dhanush is such a pure that he can extract worth even from a personality as underwritten because the one he’s saddled with right here.
S Venkatesh Vishwanath ‘Vishu’ Iyer – sure, that’s the character’s full title, which, you have guessed it, yields a second that the movie would have us imagine is humorous – is the form of man who leaves nothing to probability. His life is all set: he’s about to grow to be a physician and his engagement to the dean’s daughter is simply a few days away.
Why on earth he makes a visit to Siwan in Bihar along with his finest pal Madhusudhan (Ashish Verma) – the sojourn constitutes the opening of Atrangi Re – is not defined. Suffice it to say that the outing is ill-fated. One scene has Vishu atop a phone pole from the place he calls his fiancée Mandakini (Dimple Hayathi) to guarantee her that he can be in Chennai in time for the engagement ceremony.
A few sequences earlier, as Vishu alights from the prepare, he witnesses a despairing lady (Sara Ali Khan) on the run from a bunch of males decided to not let her get away. His good friend dissuades him from springing to her assist, reminding him that that is rural Bihar the place “federal legislation” doesn’t maintain sway. If that’s meant to be a joke, it’s completely on the movie!
After which, a few sequences later, the lady – her title is Rinku Suryavanshi, she is a Thakur, her mother and father are lengthy useless and she or he lives in her maternal grandmother’s house the place no person has any persistence for the love of her life, a peripatetic magician named Sajjad Ali Khan (Akshay Kumar) – is drugged and compelled into marriage with Vishu.
The bridegroom has been randomly kidnapped by Rinku’s maternal uncles on the order of her naani (Seema Biswas), who decides that it’s time to do away with the troublesome lady for good and save the household’s honour.
What are the probabilities of a movie corresponding to Atrangi Re passing up the chance to play up Vishu’s linguistic id? Nil. Anyone in Rinku’s household berates the abductors for pouncing on any individual from India’s nichla hissa (decrease half). We’re all Indians, says the lady’s granny by the use of recompense. How beneficiant!
It doesn’t cease there. Vishu breaks into Tamil to provide vent to his anger and confusion. Do not abuse me, Rinku shrieks. He shortly switches to Hindi, giving in with out a struggle to upcountry hegemony. This, too, is supposed to be taken as a joke. What do you anticipate from a movie that thinks nothing of treating one thing as grave as psychological sickness as a pretext for mirth and drama?
Returning to the story for no matter it’s price, Rinku, thrown right into a prepare compartment along with her non-plussed ‘husband’, reveals that she has made 21 failed makes an attempt in seven years to elope with the person she loves. On each such event, she provides, led to her being captured, dragged again house kicking and screaming, and mercilessly crushed.
No person within the household, she claims with delight, is aware of the id and title of her lover. And that could be a veritable crater within the coronary heart of the plot: why are her grandmother and uncles so against the person when they don’t even know who he’s?
Vishu and his school mates journey to Chennai for his engagement. Inexplicably and conveniently, Rinku tags alongside. Her impromptu determination to hitch the social gathering – the place she lets her guard down and dances with homosexual abandon, queering the pitch additional for Vishu within the cut price – is as far-fetched as her unhindered entry right into a boys’ hostel.
Rinku holes up in Vishu’s room with out the hostel authorities hauling her up. One other large query stays unanswered right here. Why is Rinku even right here when she has already extracted a dedication from Vishu that they may go their very own separate methods as soon as they contact down in Delhi.
Every part turns infinitely weirder and a torrent of questions tumble forth when the possessive conjurer returns from Africa after purportedly selecting up a brand new trick. Vishu and Madhusudhan, just about just like the viewers, are left scratching their heads in bewilderment.
Madhusudhan, who’s learning to be a psychiatrist, claims “he is aware of ladies” and turns into Vishu’s self-appointed counsellor. Certain sufficient, he sparks extra issues than he solves, not only for his buddy but additionally for the movie, which veers into an unfathomable and dreary path linked to Rinku’s sad previous.
Sara Ali Khan is suitably spry and Akshay Kumar does the I-am-the-star-here act with out the slightest self-doubt. It’s, nevertheless, Dhanush who steals no matter is left of the present.
Atrangi Re, scripted by Himanshu Sharma, calls for an unconscionable diploma of keen suspension of disbelief as is it lets go off all semblance of logic. The contrived storyline is meant to tug at our heartstrings – all it does is lurch from one difficult-to-digest state of affairs to a different to ascertain the depth of Rinku’s love for Sajjad and the energy of Vishu’s resolve in a ‘distinctive’ love triangle that for probably the most half goes spherical in baffling and tedious circles.
Granted that there’s a component of insanity in Atrangi Re. The difficulty is that there isn’t any technique in it.