An amusing yet progressive portrait of a Mammi-Papa sex life and the consequential congratulations that come with it. Director Amit Sharma mocks all of society’s hoo-ha and decides to keep it realistically casual.

Rating – 3.5 / 5

Not too hilarious not too sober, but light-hearted enough to instill emotion and keep the audience thoroughly entertained. Contrary to the uproarious trailer they created, Badhaai Ho balances out elements of drama, romance as well as humour in quite a strategic manner. It was one of those Vicky Donor type movies, I would say, that naturally seems to get everything on point – the star cast, the dialogues, the conflict, everything. Although, it’s no secret that the film’s strength lied solely in its out-of-the-box story.

Nothing too intricate or exhausting, Badhaai Ho’s matter-of-fact plot that inevitably catches the eye, works in its full advantage. The crux of the entire 2 hour 10 minutes is that Jeetu and Priyamvada Kaushik (Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta), happy & proud parents of Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana), a 20-something middle class eligible bachelor, and Gular (Shardul Rana), a teenager who’s just about hit puberty, are about to have a baby! What follows is a series of sentimental ups and downs, with a few (hard) laughs here and there featuring the badass Dadi (Surekha Sikri), Nakul’s smart, sensible, (and rich!) love interest, Renee (Sanya Malhotra), her typically snooty mother (Sheeba Chaddha), and their sheer disturbance towards Rao and Gupta’s happening sex life!

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Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao make the sweetest onscreen couple imaginable and completely steal the show with their mushy sugary romance, with Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra’s realtively-solemn love story filling in the gaps. Surekha Sikri’s cynical yet fun-filled taunts combined with Ayushmann’s classic shroud of embarrassment keep the film fueled for the most part; although, the only time the story is a tad bit derailed and slows down is when more than required light is shed on Khurrana’s passively choppy rapport with Sheeba Chaddha.

A grounded illustration of a myriad of emotions with just the right amount of good quality humour was definitely a ‘two birds one stone’ kind of victory. Nevertheless, they definitely saved the best laugh for last with Sikri’s “Jeetu (Rao), tu bhi operation kara le, kahin agle saal vaapis na aana pade yahan!”

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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.