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Rumi and Vicky are love birds where Rumi convinces her parents to let her marry her love, while Vicky is commitment phobic. In comes Robbie, a much well-settled NRI who falls for Rumi. Whom will she decide to settle down with forms the rest of the film.Written by
Anurag Kashyap is not entirely new to the genre of romance. He has made stellars like Dev D and Mukkabaaz. But this is a full blown Romantic comedy drama with out the dark gritty over the face violence that most of his films depict. Manmarziyan is perfectly described by the lyrics of one of its songs 'Grey Wala Shade' which goes like this -
Kala na safed hai
Ishqe da rang yara
Grey walaa shade...
Zamana hai badla
Mohabbat bhi badli
Ghise pitey version nu
Set in a quaint and colourful city of Amritsar this is basically a love triangle between Rumi (Tapsee), Vicky (Vicky Kaushal and Robbie (Abhishek). It's a modern retelling of love vs companionship, excitement vs stability, love marriage vs arranged marriages. Rumi and Vicky share a passionate Fyaar and also pyaar which is a 'known secret' to her family and the mohalla. Once they are caught and hell breaks loose. But Rumi being the headstrong character she is wants what her heart desires and she talks her family into talking to Vicky and his father for marriage. Now here comes the catch, in the form of Commitment phobic Vicky. There is no doubt of how much he loves Rumi, his eyes speak for him. But time and again he disappoints Rumi. Enters NRI Robbie who had come to India to find a companion an instanly falls for Rumi. What happens next forms the story.
The first half is electric. The chemistry between Rumi and Vicky is fantastic to watch and they set the screen on fire. Their relationship is reminiscent to modern relationships which is more about carnal needs. The first half is fast paced, has quirky dialogues. The pace drops considerably in the second half as it mostly showcases the conflict in Rumi's mind about Vicky or Robbie. The film yet holds on due to strong characters even in the sullen silences.
Vicky is absolutely a cracker in this one. Playing a character who has no sense of life direction, is madly in love with a girl and is yet commitment phobic, he nails it with perfection. Abhishek, the comeback man hits the right spots. His character is solemn and silent most of the times and plays the quintessential 'nice guy' throughout. His eyes speak a lot in all his silences and all his bottled up emotions come up after he witnesses a heartbreaking scene. I expect an atom bomb of an explosion and that is what I got. Tapsee plays the role of her life. A fiery and headstrong woman who has to choose between love and companionship. Her expressions show the inner conflict she is facing, the dilemma seems to be killing her. The lead trio absolutely smash up the screen everytime they are on it and make for a riveting experience.
Anurag seems to be easing into making romantic movies but is not as home as he is with Crime dramas. Most of his films has on the face violence and he doesn't abandon it entirely in this one. This one is more about inner violence which is caused by love and that's what makes Anurag hold on to his movie. Amit Trivedi's music is foot tapping, energetic and beautiful. The songs stay with you and go absolutely like bread and butter with the movie. This inarguably is the best music album of the year and will be hard to topple. Sylvester's camera work is brilliant as his close up shots brilliantly captures the emotions, conflicts and confusions of the characters.
There though are a few chinks in the armour. The writing of Kanika Dhillon has some weak spots which I noticed. Abrupt scene cuts just offs you as a viewer sometimes. Though the movie is primarily about Rumi, Vicky and Robbie it wouldn't have hurt to show the family's reactions to the various embarrassments caused due to the frequent change of minds of the lead characters. That would have lent a lot of solidarity to the story as a whole. The dialogues by Kanika are absolutely brilliant though as she holds on the Punjabi lingo and gives us some great funny dialogues.
Manmarziyan does stand up to my expectations but it could have been great, it had the potential. Not withstanding certain limitations this still is a very good movie to watch for the electrifying performances and the music.
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