Movie Review: Know how Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar’s film ‘Badhaai Do’ is

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Over the past few years, the OTT platform has seen a lot of sensitivity towards stories and characters related to the LGBTQ community, but this is certainly the first time that mainstream actors like Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar have appeared on the big screen. While portraying gay and lesbian characters in ‘Badhaai Do’ not only talks about their challenges and difficulties but also tries to give a new perspective to the people and families of this community. After a National Award winning film like ‘Badhaai Ho’, ‘Badhaai Do’ in the sequel brings up a sensitive and urgent issue of today’s era, where the story and characters do not stereotype the gay community but the frozen prejudices and stereotypes towards them. Trying to change the lesser mindset. Sumi (Bhumi Pednekar) and Shardul (Rajkummar Rao) are gay and belong to families in Uttarakhand where they cannot expose their sexuality in their home and society. Sumi is a PT teacher, while Shardul works in the police department. Both these socially frustrated characters are under tremendous pressure of marriage from the family members and under this pressure they agree to a consummated marriage among themselves. Two homosexuals enter an imperfect marriage because they feel that this marriage will act as a shield for them socially and they will be able to spend the beautiful part of their life with the partner of their choice under its guise. Shardul prepares Sumi for this adjustment as well, but this adjustment marriage case proves to be like Abhimanyu’s Chakravyuh for him, after crossing the marriage cycle, he is seen trapped in the pressure of having a child. . In trying to keep his dual personality hidden from the society and family, the situations are laughable and complicated, but can the main characters of the story finally raise their heads and accept their truth in front of the society? You have to watch the movie to know this. Director Harshvardhan Kulkarni laughs and enters into the policies and evils of homosexuality, marriage and family system. For the first time on the big screen, the romanticism of the same sex is not served in a different way, but with the same ease and beauty, which is between the opposite sex. The film also depicts the suffocation and inferiority faced by the people of the LGBTQ community in a subtle manner. Sumi is an outspoken and self-reliant girl, but Shardul’s transformation in the second part of the film, who considers women inferior, gives a new dimension to the story. Harsh Vardhan’s storytelling is also a feature that he has honestly depicted the mentality of middle class Indian families. The beginning of the film is a bit slow, the director takes a little longer to develop the plot of the story, but as the story progresses, knots are made and opened. The title track of ‘Badhaai Do’ has become fun in the music of Tanishk Bagchi. The songs ‘Bandi Tot’ and ‘Hum The Sidde Saade’ are narrated along with the filming. The performance of the actors is the strong side of the film. A capable actor like Rajkummar Rao once again proved why and how he is the prince of acting? He does wonders in emotional scenes as a gay character. Bhumi Pednekar has done a wonderful job as Sumi. She has shown complete spontaneity in the scenes that are romantic and seductive towards her partner Chum Darang. Both the lead characters, being homosexuals in the Indian social set-up, carry their infatuation well. Starting her career as a gay character, Chum Darang has the perfect cast in the story. This actress from North-East has managed to make an impact. Gulshan Devaiah is startled in the second half. He has done very strong acting. The film’s supporting cast includes Seema Pahwa, Lovleen Mishra, Nitesh Pandey, Sheeba Chadha giving strength to the story. The Supreme Court may have decriminalized homosexuality, but society still sees it as disease, filth and hay. In such an environment, Badhaai Do becomes an important film of today’s era also because it is about the community that resides among the people of our society, which may be from our neighborhood or maybe our family and we need to understand them. Don’t want to adopt them instead. Badhaai Do takes the initiative to normalize such characters.

[Attribution to NBT]

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