Nisha Menon

Produced by Phantom Films and Aanand L. Rai's Colour Yellow Productions , ‘Manmarziyaan’ is a romantic comedy directed by Anurag Kashyap and written by Kanika Dhillon. It premiered at the illustrious 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. A love triangle, it stars Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu of ‘Naam Shabana’ and ‘Pink’ fame and ‘Raazi’ actor Vicky Kaushal.

‘Manmarziyaan’ is decidedly a less violent film when compared to the others that have been previously directed by Anurag Kashyap. But the director has introduced characters namely the lead characters played by Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal whose characterization have all the chaos , confusion and complexity which more than makes up for any lack of violence. Both the actors have performed brilliantly. Abhishek Bachchan too has played his part very well although his character seems ultra nice and the decisions made by him to be unrealistic. The supporting cast of Ashnoor Kaur, Saurabh Sachdeva, Vikram Kochhar, Arun Bali, Neelu Kohli, Sukhmani Sadana are also brilliant.

‘Manmarziyaan’ treats a conventional love triangle with new age lens. The treatment is refreshing in a way because it does not depend on the usual reasons like misunderstandings , financial/religious/caste disparity, proclamation of elders, accidents etc. Rather it depends on the emotional confusion, commitment issues, indecision and on the characters themselves which all sounds relevant and real in today’s generation where relationships often start on Tinder and Facebook.

The dialogues by Kanika Dhillon are extremely funny and the cast pulls it off with excellent comic timing. The soundtrack of the film composed by Amit Trivedi  has also been appreciated. The film itself moves at a very slow pace and audience tend to feel as though the story is not moving forward , though there is quite a bit of drama in the second half of the movie.

‘Manmarziyaan’ has courted its fair share of controversies. First its initial director Sameer Sharma, and lead cast of Dulquer Salmaan, Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar  were all replaced . Then the team of Manmarziyaan was given a notice by the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Board for shooting in the prohibited area of Thajiwas glacier. Additionally, the Jammu DA passed an order to delete four objectionable scenes according to the petition given by the Sikh Community.

In spite of all the aforementioned troubles the film has done relatively well earning Rs.22.5 crores at the end of two weeks.