Anurag Kashyap’s attempt at experimenting with unique new-age content that just about hits the spot, whilst trying hard to find the perfect balance between heart and hormones!

Rating – 3.5 / 5

Staying completely true to its title, Manmarziyaan is one of those unfiltered realistic yet masala-filled films that will simply set your heart on fire. Strongly conveying the meaning of the cliché “the heart wants what it wants”, this movie’s dynamic storyline, unpredictable screenplay and raw dialogues compellingly create a mirror image of young love in today’s time and age.

The film opens with a blue-haired terrace-jumping aspiring DJ but actually good for nothing Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) and a loud bold all-in-your-face Rumi (Taapsee Pannu). The two seem to be in what they call “fyaar”, a hormone-driven wild crazy physical relationship, which is disrupted when Rumi asks Vicky to consider marrying her. Disgusted by Vicky’s irresponsible behaviour, a heartbroken and frustrated Rumi agrees to marry her family’s preference, Robbie (Abhishek Bacchan).

Kyun ki tu banda bada sahi hai, lekin zimmidari ke naam pe hag de ta hai!

Convincing and graceful performances by all three leads – an effortless Vicky, an overwhelming Taapsee and a cool & composed Abhishek. The trio fluently work together to vividly generate your typical 21st century love triangle with greatly life-like romance, sex and drama.

There were several striking and impactful scenes throughout the 156 minutes, especially those involving Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu. And even though the story did slow down multiple times to fill in the gaps, making it quite difficult to capture 100% of your attention, the film’s ruggedness and instability reflects the impulsive and illogical decisions we make in love. Or at least, what we think is love.

Bonus points for a highly energetic and power-packed playlist, drawing on all moods of the film, my favourite ones being ‘Daryaa’ and ‘Grey Waala Shade’. And special (dancing) appearances by the fiery duo Poonam & Priyanka was a good touch!

Safe to say, Anurag Kashyap succeeds as usual. Worth a watch guys!

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Diu Somani, The CineSurgeon, is a student of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Diu has two main loves, animals and Bollywood.