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Badhaai Ho
Director: Amit Sharma
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao
Rating: 3.5/5

Ye bhi koi mummy papa ke karne ki cheez hai (Is this something for parents to do),” says Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) to his girlfriend Renee (Sanya Malhotra) when the two are in the throes of passion. The “something” in question here is sex. Badhaai Ho is on the unusual phenomenon — the inability to come to terms with your parents having sex, seeing their relationship as conveniently chaste despite knowing how the kids come about in this world. Nakul has to face up to the fact when his mother Priyamvada Kaushik aka Babli (Neena Gupta) gets pregnant.

If nothing else, Ayushmann Khurrana deserves a standing ovation for his performance in Badhaai Ho. Not because his performances are flawless. Simply put, he has mastered the art of slipping into his characters effortlessly. The buzz surrounding his performance in the recent Andhadhun, in which he played a blind pianist, had not yet died down when Khurrana hit the theatres again as the guy-next-door dealing with an unimaginable family crisis. As the movie trailer revealed, his mom is pregnant.

The film captures the little, seemingly insurmountable conflicts of a middle class family very well and also its self-righteousness when it comes to matters of sex and its hypocrisies in putting the mother on the pedestal. It’s in conclusions and closures that things get out of hand. The convenient and sentimental “it’s all about loving your family” route doesn’t quite work with the otherwise cheeky tenor at the start of the film. If only it could have remained consistently so.

Badhaai Ho, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Neena Gupta, is delightful in the first half but soon loses its fizz.

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest box office figures of Badhaai Ho. He wrote on Twitter, “#BadhaaiHo takes a FLYING START… Gets the advantage of partial holiday… Expected to score over the weekend… Thu ₹ 7.29 cr. India biz.”


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