Banner: OddBall Motion Pictures
Producers: Tony D’souza, Amul Vikas Mohan, Nitin Upadhyaya
Director: Ajay K Pannalal
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Shruti Haasan, Gulshan Grover, Ranjeet, Herry Tangri, Gautam Gulati, Kamlesh Gill, Darshan Jariwala, Ninad Kamat, Reena Aggarwal
Writers: Ajay K Pannalal, Vinit Vyas
Music: Rishi Rich, Jaidev Kumar, Yo Yo
Honey Singh, Amjad Nadeem, Kaushik
– Akash – Guddu, (KAG for Jam8)
Every good rom-com is supposed to make you smile and feel all fuzzy and warm inside. Behen Hogi Teri does bring a smile to your face but falls short on brewing a good romance between its lead protagonists.
This film explores the Indian tradition, where the best way to put an end to any romantic feelings between a boy and a girl is to tie them together with the sacred bond of rakhi.
Set in Lucknow, in a typical housing colony, where the local boys fear the festival of Raksha Bandhan more than they do the horror film The Conjuring, Behen Hogi Teri sets the mood with its very opening scene. The story traces the journey of Gattu (Rajkummar Rao), who has been in love with his neighbour Binny Arora (Shruti Haasan) since childhood. As he says, she is his ‘knicker ke zamane ka pyaar.’ Unfortunately, he has been designated as her ‘brother’ by his father (Darshan Jariwala) and Binny’s brother (Ninad Kamat).
Needless to say, there are plenty of young boys who can relate to Gattu’s plight. But that’s not the only problem; Gattu is quite a fattu (coward) too and doesn’t have the courage to even send Binny a friend request on Facebook. All this while, Binny wants a boy who is as daring as a cheetah!
The death of Binny’s grandmother (Kamlesh Gill) provides Gattu with a perfect opportunity to get close to her. The sequences set in the midst of this funeral, where Gattu is trying to impress Binny, will make you fall off your seat with laughter. Well crafted and complemented with witty dialogue, these scenes are the best in the film.
Soon enough, our pretty heroine falls for this unlikely hero. Her acceptance of his proposal takes place way too soon to look believable but the unusual jodi is charming enough to keep you hooked. But their romance is nipped in the bud due to a crazy turn of events, where Binny’s brother assumes she is having an affair with Gattu’s friend Bhuri (Herry Tangri) and thus gets her engaged to the quintessential Mr Right, Rahul (Gautam Gulati), from France. What follows next forms the crux of the film.
As mentioned earlier, Behen Hogi Teri is an excellent concept for a rom-com and is even strewn with memorable scenes but it falters here and there in its execution. For instance, although the film is set in Lucknow, one fails to notice the typical Lucknowi dialect; rather, the characters often speak with a hint of Haryanvi and Punjabi!
And although the characters are well-etched, there are way too many of them. Due to this, the film often shifts focus from the love story between the lead protagonists. The narrative keeps you engaged but crisper editing would have worked better for the film.
Performance-wise, Rajkummar Rao steals the show. The actor yet again shows us his versatility and excels in every frame. Shruti Haasan as the bubbly and feisty Binny is convincing. Herry Tangri as our hero’s BFF delivers an endearing performance. Gulshan Grover brings back the bad man in style and nails his act. Ranjeet, despite his small role, doesn’t fail to make an impact. The rest of the cast too delivers a decent performance.
Verdict: This quirky rom-com offers plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some beautifully captured sequences that guarantee entertainment.