Starring: Ayushmann Khurana, Sanya Malhotra, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta, Surekha Sikri, Sheeba Chaddha
This upcoming Indian dramedy (drama plus comedy, get it?) under the banner of Junglee Pictures (in association with Chrome Pictures) is what I call, “Kayion ne socha hoga, inhone kar diya.”
I mean, if you’re living on planet earth, and have ever been curious about when your parents may have “done the deed” so you took birth on the day, and in the month you eventually did (I definitely have), I am certain at least some of you might also have wondered out loud how it would be if your parents were to “pop out” a “chhota mehmaan” at a time you should be revving up your sex life up and ushering in some “good news”.
Sounds weird? Yeah, but you’re only saying that because you’ve probably played around these imaginative plot twists in your head, all by yourself, or while chortling over nasty, inappropriate jokes shared with your best friend when no one was looking (or listening).
Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma has however, decided, to make your wildest musings come true on the big screen and take you along a trail of what can happen when the roles are reversed and its the kids’ turn now to be weirded out by their parents’ antics in the most epic way possible: in short, how to children react to parents doing acts which are the equivalent of “issne toh naak kata di hamari”?
Written by Akshat Ghildial, Shantanu Srivastava and Jyoti Kapoor, Badhaai Ho has Gajraj Rao (of TVF fame) and Neena Gupta (who was last seen in Mulk) at the helm of the quirk factory it’s designed to be.
As is obvious from the brief glimpses in the trailer, Rao and Gupta are both phenomenal and blow your socks off, quite literally. Neena Gupta, who takes turns feeling coy, embarrassed, tired (she’s preggo, remember?) suitably complements Rao’s naïve, innocent yet discomfited act, akin to that of a mortified fifth-grader whose friends now know he still wets his bed during sleep.
Attempting to downsize their “out-of-control” craziness is the shocked, awkward, and understandably judgmental stance taken by the couple’s elder son, Nakul (Ayushmann Khurana) whose opinion on the matter can be summed up as, “Yaar tu hi bata na, yeh sab koi Mummy-Papa ki karne ki cheez hai?” blurted out during some hot making out with his girlfriend (Dangal star Sanya Malhotra). My guess is the sex never happens (wink wink).
The movie also boasts of a great supporting cast – Surekha Sikri (of Balika Vadhu fame, just as strict, but definitely a lot more disgusted) and Sheeba Chaddha (playing Nakul’s girlfriend’s mom) who are impeccable even in the little bit we see of them in the trailer, and are effectively the tadka in this khichdi. Like most other Ayushmann starrers, this movie too seems like it has a social message wrapped up in a cheery, entertaining package, and while the plot looks straightforward and predictable, I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a blockbuster, more dope than any of the smashing hits we’ve seen so far this year.
Borrowing a line from a character in the movie, I’d say – this family is a circus you should buy tickets to, this October.