Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Hit

I have often observed on my visits to the West that people living overseas are far more seeped in Indian ethnic values, customs, festivities and rituals, when compared to a lot many Indians living in Hindustan. Those who live there believe that by observing and practicing the Indian traditions, they would continue to remain Indian at heart. Most of them also wish to wed an Indian because they consider that their respective spouse would bring along with them time-honored Indian values.

For some strange reason, Hindi cinema has often projected an NRI youngster as a cool and hep dude, pretending to speak Hindi with an English accent. But that, in my opinion, is merely a façade. It’s far from real. Sure, there could be exceptions, but every NRI who arrives in India isn’t wearing an Armani or Versace. Neither is he a die-hard romantic like Raj or Rahul. In fact, a lot of NRIs I know are amused to note that while they held on to the traditions, the ones in India are more inclined towards the West.

Marriages are made in heaven! Though the road to heaven might be a little “tedha”.

Meet ‘Manu’, a seedha saadha Doctor from London. Intelligent, temperate and from a respectable family, the perfect groom which every parent wants for their daughter. ‘Family pressure’ leads him to Kanpur to meet Tanu the quintessential small town girl who has studied in Delhi.

Tanu is a smart, intelligent girl who will do everything that her parents will disapprove. With a mind of her own and a love for rebellion, Tanu is dead against an arranged marriage.

But destiny holds something totally different for these dramatically diverse personalities. Their paths keep crossing time and again and weave this wonderful story through the Indian heartland.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “TANU WEDS MANU is a feel-good, light-hearted entertainer with the right dose of humor, drama and romance.”
3.5 “Fun and feisty, just like Ms Ranaut, this is a movie worth watching”
3.0 “Fun while it lasts, Tanu Weds Manu throws up Bollywood’s newest obsession — small town girls and their gunas (values) — once again.”
3.0 “Tanu Weds Manu is charming”
3.0 “Tanu Weds Manu is the celebration of the season.Watch it and join the revelry.”
3.0 “You should definitely gp for it.”
3.0 “Tanu Weds Manu may not lead the pack of being one of the best romcoms in the contemporary times but it has a definite sense and sensibility to it.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “TWM turns out to be an average film because of the weak second half. But it has a feel-good factor to it, which should work with some part of the audience. “
2.5 “Watch it for Madhavan.”
2.5 ” Tanu Weds Manu is like the shaadi ka laddoo that you can neither resist nor happily bite into.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “TANU WEDS MANU lacks the freshness required for a breezy romantic flick.”
2.0 “Refreshing performances save the day for Tanu Weds Manu.”
DNA India
2.0 “The very likeable Madhavan deserves better.”

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