Manmarziyaan Movie Review 2018: Mazaa And A Modern Triangle

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Anurag Kashyap
02 hours 36 minutes

Manmarziyaan Review

Many, many elements work in its favour. The uninhibitedness of Rumi's physically intense romance with neighbourhood boy Vicky has an energy and newness that's endearing. When Robbie enters her life as her husband, he's equally lovable. That's where writer Kanika Dhillon and the perfect cast come out winners.

Vicky adores Rumi but falls short of popping the question formally in front of her family with his parents. He's got moments of confusion, not fully understanding what's expected of him apart from just loving her as intensely as he does. You understand him.

Rumi wants a formal commitment, her family wants it. You understand her too.

And Robbie chooses her out of all the photographs put before him, he's willing to wait it out. You also understand that kind of love.

Based on Kanika's writing that blends family, lovers, husband, humour and romance, Anurag Kashyap directs a situational triangle that veers away from what's been seen before.

There is a glimpse of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam which Sanjay Leela Bhansali told so splendidly nearly twenty years ago. That too had memorable performances with chartbusting music and the same core - of a woman caught between her husband and her lover.

But it's the new-age telling that keeps this fresh.

All three characters have families but there are no time-worn parental objections and stereotypes.

Rumi has lost both her parents which is a heart-wrench but there's no tear-jerking sob story. On the contrary, she merrily accepts that she took full emotional advantage of her situation with her uncle and aunty.

Most of all, there are no lectures on a girl's purity being her amanat, her one true treasure.

In fact, when Rumi tells Robbie, ‘I'm not a virgin', he tells her, ‘I'm not either'. And that settles it.

The robust Punjabi flavour is as wholesome as rajma-chawal with an infectious beat all through. With 12 songs scored by Amit Trivedi there are very few silences. And they come mostly from Abhishek Bachchan as the strong, silent but supportive partner who is indulgent until it reaches the one point where he has to put his foot down. It's not the stock problem of adultery, by the way.

With amusing sidelights like unrelated twins popping up occasionally, Anurag Kashyap moves from his usual dark cinema to intense romance with songs, families, no abuse and no guns. And he gets feisty performances from everybody, especially the three principal characters. TaapseePannu's effervescence synchronises beautifully with Vicky Kaushal's boyish ebullience. Abhishek as ‘the Ramji type' as Rumi puts it, is grounded and manly in his understanding.

If I have a grouse, it's with the post-interval part where the narrative loses its briskness. Scenes like the terrace one where Rumi and Robbie have had one too many is not really funny and you feel like telling them to hurry up and get going with the story. I do wish the end too hadn't take so long to finally happen.

But the characters hold your attention.


  • Dialogues
  • Story
  • Music
  • Screen Play

The Verdict

For a romantic triangle that’s told with the unconventionality of current times, Manmarziyaan gets a 3.5* rating.


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