Movie Review: Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)
Like it’s predecessor, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a boy meets girl story. Badri (Varun Dhawan) and Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) meet at a wedding and that’s the start of their unlikely but inevitable romance. While the movie picks up on a conventional note, over its 130 minutes runtime, it does twist a few stereotypes. Unlike a traditional Indian romance where the boy takes care of straight faced logic and the girl doles out the melodrama, the tables are reversed in Badrinath Ki Dulhania. While Varun Dhawan does start off by chasing Alia Bhatt, it’s she who eventually breaks his heart and then forces him to be an emotional wreck. The girl is fiercely independent while the boy is the one in need of affection. Their shuddh desi romance, travels from Jhansi and Kota to Singapore. And through their exotic journey they debunk a few patriarchal and feudal ideas in Indian culture, mostly pertaining to marriages, alliances, dowry practices and discrimination against women.